Queen ‘may have breaking point’ Meghan Markle warned after heartfelt statement

Queen’s statement on Meghan and Harry is ‘brief’ says expert

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Buckingham Palace today released a statement in response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ interview with US TV legend Oprah Winfrey, which aired on ITV last night. The statement acknowledged the couple’s claim that there had been “concerns and conversations” when Meghan was pregnant about how dark her baby’s skin might be. The comments were allegedly made to Prince Harry, who said he would never reveal who said them, although later confirmed that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip.

The statement from the Palace read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken by seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”

This is not the first time the Queen has emphasised that Meghan and Harry are still “much-loved” and considered part of the family, despite stepping down from their roles as senior royals.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.

Mr Myers recalled the Queen’s statement after the Sussexes first announced their departure, which she concluded by emphasising how the couple were still very loved.

He argued that “everyone has a breaking point” and that, at some point, even the Queen may be pushed too far.

The royal expert said: “It’s a disintegration of a family and I think that is the saddest thing about all this, because Meghan has already seen the complete disintegration of her relationship with her father beyond repair ‒and he’s a sick man, as we’re led to believe ‒ well he’s said it himself, hasn’t he?

“But it’s the disintegration of the relationship with the Royal Family and she wasn’t in it for very long.

“Coming back to the Queen saying ‘they will be much loved members of the family’.

“Well, everyone’s got their breaking point don’t they?

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“And arguably, Harry and Meghan had and that’s why they left and that’s why they set up their new life and maybe we will learn some more of their reasons for doing so on Sunday.”

In this way, Mr Myers appeared to imply that certain revelations in the Oprah interview may prove to be the breaking point for the Queen.

However, her latest statement has demonstrated that this is not the case and she still considers Harry and Meghan to be much-loved members of the family.

In the Oprah interview, the Duke and Duchess both emphasised that they still have a very good relationship with Her Majesty, despite the fallout with the Palace and other members of the Royal Family.

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Meghan said the 94-year-old monarch had always been “wonderful” to her and Harry said he had huge “respect” for his grandmother.

On the other hand, the Duke said he and his brother Prince William were still “on different paths” and that his relationship with his father Prince Charles needed healing.

Meanwhile, Meghan said she had “lost” her own father Thomas Markle, confirming Mr Myers’ assertion that their relationship is past fixing.

In the Queen’s statement today, she omitted Harry and Meghan’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.

The statement therefore took a more personal approach, perhaps due to the sensitivity of the topic.

Oprah With Meghan and Harry was on ITV at 9pm on Monday, March 8. You can watch the full interview on the ITV hub.

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