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A look at how Prince Philip coined Royal Family nickname ‘The Firm’

Meghan Markle's highly-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air in the US this weekend, revealing the intimate details surrounding her decision to walk away from her royal responsibilities alongside husband Prince Harry.

Filmed a number of weeks ago, the explosive interview is airing the other side of the pond first, before hitting UK television screens on Monday night.

The most recent trailer for the 2-hour interview features a short snippet of Meghan discussing her relationship with her in-laws, in which she dubs them "The Firm" – a nickname that has often implied more sinister side to the Palace.

When asked by Oprah how the royals might feel about Meghan "speaking your truth today?", The Duchess of Sussex responds: "I don't know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us."

According to reports, the term was first used by Prince Phillip when he married into royalty by tying the knot with the then-Princess Elizabeth before she became Queen.

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Some believe the term solely refers to the core senior royals, though the list of Royals at the heart of the family has had to be altered in recent years following Prince Andrew's withdrawal from royal duties after he was embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

The list of core Royals only became shorter following Harry and Meghan's exit to the US last year, meaning the list of senior royals now includes the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Anne.

The nickname "The Firm" has been used to refer to the royals for decades, with Royal biographer Penny Junor even using it as the title of a book about the family – calling it The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor.

Though the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech was set long before Prince Phillip first coined the term, there is a reference to the nickname when Colin Firth's character of King George VI declares: "We're not a family, we're a firm".

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