Prince Harry 'told Queen about Oprah over the phone' says Burrell
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The Queen “would not have seen” Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah, according to Mr Burrell. Prince Harry, he believes, will have spoken to the Queen about the interview over the phone.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, Mr Burrell said: “The Queen would not have seen it, Harry will have told the Queen about it directly on the phone, he has a direct contact to her.
“He is very close to his granny and she is very fond of him.
“But this does raise problems for Her Majesty and the monarchy which she would rather not face, because quite honestly she doesn’t like upset, she doesn’t like ripples in the pond, she likes an easy life, and she surely deserves that after her long, faithful service to the country.”
Prince Harry himself revealed during his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden he has been in touch with the Queen and Prince Philip throughout the past year via video calls.
Mr Burrell also shared his view on how the extraordinary two-hour-long interview may have been welcomed by the palace.
He said: “This will raise certain questions within the Royal Household.
“They will be shocked and horrified by this.”
Mr Burrell entered the Royal Household at the age of 18 as a Buckingham Palace footman, becoming the Queen’s personal footman a year later.
In 1987, Mr Burrell joined the household of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Highgrove House, the couple’s home in Gloucestershire, as a butler to the princess.
He remained at her service until the Princess of Wales’ death in August 1997.
During his chat with TV host Lorraine Kelly, Mr Burrell also said the Queen “is not a racist in any shape or form”.
He added: “I have stood beside her on tours and her greatest achievement, of course, is the Commonwealth.
“She loves touring the Commonwealth and seeing her people.”
Mr Burrell’s intervention came just a few hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on US network CBS in their first sit-down interview since they officially stepped down as senior royals last March.
During this landmark interview, to be aired later today in the UK by ITV, Meghan and Harry shared heartwarming details about their new life – including they have a chicken coop in their garden called “Archie’s Chick Inn” – as well as extraordinary claims.
Speaking alone to Oprah, the Duchess of Sussex said there were conversations about Archie before he was born regarding his title, security and possible colour of the skin.
She said: “All around this same time, we have in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and also concerns and conversations as to how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
These discussions, the Duchess added, were “relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations that family had with him.”
Meghan refused to say who had raised these “concerns”.
Meghan also rejected claims she had made Kate cry in the run-up to the wedding, adding “the reverse” had happened.
Meghan said: “I am not sharing this to be in any way disparaging about her [Kate].
“I would hope that she would want that to be corrected.”
According to Meghan, Kate “really hurt my feelings” but then later apologised.
Meghan said she had wanted the Duchess of Cambridge to back the decisions she had made in regards to the wedding.
Meghan said: “She made me cry and it really hurt my feelings…
“I thought in the context of everything else going on in the days before the wedding, didn’t it make sense to do what everyone else was doing knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.”
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also said they are expecting a girl, due to arrive this summer.
Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8.
You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub.
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