Meghan Markle Oprah interview – Queen to hold crunch talks with Prince Harry and Duchess over bombshell racism claims

THE Queen is set to hold talks with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over their allegations of racism within the royal family.

The monarch reportedly believes it is time for a more personal approach following allegations of racism within the Royal Family.

This comes after the 94-year-old broke her silence over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, extending an "olive branch" to the couple.

Making claims of racism at the heart of the royal family and giving their side of the Megxit row, Harry and Meghan shocked the world when the interview was broadcast on Sunday and Monday night.

The Queen initially delayed her response to the biggest crisis to hit to the Royal Family since the 1936 abdication but Buckingham Palace tonight finally put out a statement.

It said "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years  have been for Harry and Meghan. 

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.  Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. 

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

During the bombshell conversation with America's biggest celebrity interviewer, the couple revealed explosive inside information about the Royal Family and also gave their side of the Megxit story.

Meghan admitted that she had suicidal thoughts during her early days in the Royal Family and that she begged in vain for mental health support.

For full details and analysis of the sensational interview, follow our live blog below.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN AND HARRY ‘SEPARATED THE INSTITUTION AND FAMILY’

    Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan says the interview showed the couple were able to “distinguish between the institution of the monarchy and the Royal Family”.

    He says: “Certainly when it came to Harry and Meghan’s happiness within the institution, their feelings of being unprotected not being looked after, these are things I’ve already tried to challenge the palace on myself.”

    He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There was a moment across the entire United States where jaws dropped when Meghan went into detail about how a Royal Family member questioned or expressed concern about how dark Archie’s skin may be.”

    He says: “It gives us a much deeper insight into the struggles they faced not just the institution of the monarchy but the family themselves.”

    He adds: “We’d heard a lot of worry over the last few weeks that the couple might disrespect the Queen in this Oprah special, they may hurt her, in fact we discovered or heard more details about just how close they’ve been with her Majesty, even since the time that they stepped away from their royal roles.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN DOUBLES DOWN ON MEGHAN COMMENTS – BUT CLARIFIES HIS POSITION ON MENTAL HEALTH

    Speaking to the Guardian yesterday, Piers said: “When we talked about this yesterday, I said as an all-encompassing thing I don’t believe what Meghan Markle is saying generally in this interview, and I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said,” Morgan told the Guardian.

    “But let me just state on the record my position about mental illness and on suicide.

    "These are clearly extremely serious things that should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and help they need every time.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT DID MEGHAN SAY IN HER COMPLAINT AGAINST PIERS MORGAN?

    It’s understood Meghan’s complaint wasn’t made over Piers’ dismissal of racism allegations, or her claims that she wasn’t supported by the Royal Family.

    Instead, the Duchess is understand to have been worried how the comments from Piers would affect others struggling with similar issues.

    ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said: “The Duchess of Sussex formally filed a complaint to ITV on Monday.

    “It’s thought to have been sent to the broadcaster’s CEO.

    “Meghan raised concerns about how Piers Morgan’s words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    AUTHOR SAYS ROYAL FAMILY TOOK MEGHAN'S PASSPORT 'TO KEEP HER SAFE'

    Royal author Margaret Holder said: “Of course the Royal Family would want to keep Meghan’s passport safe.

    “But it’s unthinkable she didn’t carry it for personal and private trips such as her New York baby shower, travelling to see friends in Canada, partying in Amsterdam and going to Lake Como with George Clooney.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ENJOYED 13 HOLIDAYS DESPITE SAYING HER PASSPORT WAS TAKEN AWAY

    MEGHAN had at least 13 foreign holidays after being welcomed into the royal fold — despite telling Oprah Winfrey her passport was taken away.

    The Queen is currently heading a family investigation into damning allegations made by Prince Harry and his wife.

    Meghan, 39, claimed in her TV interview that after joining the Royal Family, she did not see her passport again until she was in California.

    But insiders said she must have shown her passport to border officials at 12 countries she visited as a tourist during that time.

    The Sun reveals she flew off on 13 holidays after starting dating Harry, including trips to New York, Ibiza, Botswana, Italy and Amsterdam.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEG CALLED THE QUEEN TO ‘CHECK IN’ ON PHILIP

    During the highly anticipated Oprah interview, Meghan and Harry discussed the Duke of Edinburgh’s current medical condition.

    “This morning, I woke up earlier than H, and saw a note from someone on our team in the UK saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to the hospital. 

    “But I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen just to check in.”

    Harry then spoke in admiration of his wife’s “authenticity” that prompted her compassionate action.

    “For so many in my family, what they do is there’s a level of control in that because they’re fearful of what the papers are going to say about them,” he said. “Whereas with us it was just like, just be yourself. Just be genuine. Just be authentic. If you get it wrong, get it wrong, if you get it right, you get it right.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BBC TOLD NOT TO JUST USE ‘OLD WHITE MEN’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s team warned the BBC to be impartial in their coverage before their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview aired.

    The bizarre warning – sent to correspondents at the Beeb on Monday – reminded them to not just use “old white men” in subsequent debates around the divisive sit-down.

    The PR person for Harry and Meghan’s company Archewell urged reporters to impress on their seniors to use a “broad range of contributors” once it had been broadcast.

    The news comes after it emerged that Meghan had personally called ITV bosses over ousted Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan’s views on the royals.

    A source said: “The BBC by its very nature has to be impartial at all times. So to be told how to conduct their coverage of a major news event by a PR person acting on behalf of Harry and Meghan is a bit strange to say the least.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MAY DO ANOTHER OPRAH INTERVIEW TO COMBAT BULLYING CLAIMS AGAINST HER’

    The Duchess of Sussex may do another Oprah interview to combat bullying allegations against her, it has been claimed.

    Sources say the duchess is keen to go on the offensive after last night’s interview.

    Aides are said to be plotting a sit-down sequel, with either Oprah or her CBS TV anchor friend Gayle King.

    A TV insider said: “The Oprah interview isn’t necessarily a one-off. The door has been left open for the couple to come back again and talk about their lives.

    “Oprah and Gayle have both been supportive and understanding of their plight behind closed doors and are champions of them. From a TV perspective and a financial point of view, the door would be wide open for a second show. The revenue raised is spectacular.”

  • Hana Carter

    SCOTS ‘BARRED’ FROM WATCHING HARRY AND MEGHAN CHAT WITH OPRAH

    Some Scots have been left fuming after being unable to tune into Oprah’s chat with Harry and Meghan on catch-up.

    A whopping 1.1m Scots watched the interview on Monday evening when it was broadcast on STV, but those who missed it have been unable to watch on catch-up TV on STV Player.

    That means more than 4m Scots who haven’t seen the show now cannot access it anywhere.

    People around the rest of the country can happily logon and watch the show on ITV player on their computers or tellies, but not in Scotland.

    Louise Scott, a 46-year-old accounts boss from Edinburgh, said she was appalled she couldn’t watch what the rest of Britain was watching.

  • Hana Carter

    ROYALS SHOULD BE RELIEVED MEG AND HARRY DIDN'T REVEAL NAMES

    Royal Family should be "relieved" she didn't name names say pals of Meghan Markle.

    An insider with close ties to Meghan told DailyMail.com: "Meghan said she has absolutely no regrets about what was said during the interview and that speaking with Oprah was both cathartic and transformative – the best decision she ever made, other than marrying Harry.

    "Meghan said the Royal institution should be relieved that she didn't name names or go into even more details of what went on behind closed doors.

    "Meghan said waiting to share her story with the entire world seemed like an eternity and that she couldn't happier with the end result.

    "She said she's moved on, but is open to communicating with anyone from the Royal family who wants to engage in a constructive conversation."

  • Hana Carter

    ROD LIDDLE: OPRAH INTERVIEW WAS REHEARSED

    Rod Liddle wrote: "There is an irony in an allegation of racism made by someone married to a bloke who dressed up in Nazi uniform, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    "Much as there is an irony in a bloke like Harry moaning about colonialism when he was in Afghanistan with our Armed Forces.

    "That Oprah Winfrey interview wasn’t an interview.

    "It was a series of carefully rehearsed scenes designed to cause as much damage as possible to the Royal Family.

    "Nor do I think Meghan got rough treatment because she’s of mixed race.

    "We may have been unkindly towards her because she is a self-obsessed American."

  • Alice Fuller

    MEGHAN 'TOOK 13 FOREIGN HOLIDAYS'

    Meghan had at least 13 foreign holidays after being welcomed into the royal fold — despite telling Oprah Winfrey her passport was taken away.

    The duchess, 39, claimed in her TV interview that after joining the Royal Family, she did not see her passport again until she was in California.

    But insiders said she must have shown her passport to border officials at 12 countries she visited as a tourist during that time.

    The Sun today reveals she flew off on 13 holidays after starting dating Harry, including trips to New York, Ibiza, Botswana, Italy and Amsterdam.

  • Alice Fuller

    BEYONCE THANKS MEGHAN FOR "COURAGE"

    Beyonce has thanked Meghan Markle for her "courage and leadership".

    The superstar praised the Duchess after she accused the royals of "racism" during her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Alongside a photo of the two of them deep in conversation, Beyoncé wrote: "Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership.

    "We are all strengthened and inspired by you."

  • Alice Fuller

    CANDACE OWENS SAYS MEGHEN IS 'LYING'

    American author Candace Owens has shockingly claimed she thinks Meghan Markle is "lying".

    She tweeted: "If you believe Meghan Markle is a victim, you’re an idiot.

    "There’s really no other way to say it.

    "Bad press over bridesmaid dresses does not make you want to kill yourself and your unborn child unless you are:

    "A) Unstable B) Lying for sympathy C) Both."

  • Hana Carter

    BBC TOLD NOT TO JUST USE 'OLD WHITE MEN'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s team warned the BBC to be impartial in their coverage before their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview aired.

    The bizarre warning – sent to correspondents at the Beeb on Monday – reminded them to not just use “old white men” in subsequent debates around the divisive sit-down.

    The PR person for Harry and Meghan’s company Archewell urged reporters to impress on their seniors to use a “broad range of contributors” once it had been broadcast.

    The news comes after it emerged that Meghan had personally called ITV bosses over ousted Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan’s views on the royals.

    A source said: “The BBC by its very nature has to be impartial at all times. So to be told how to conduct their coverage of a major news event by a PR person acting on behalf of Harry and Meghan is a bit strange to say the least.

    For the full story, click here.

  • Hana Carter

    FORMER MAYOR CLAIMS HE WAS IGNORED BY ROYAL FAMILY AT PALACE BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR OF HIS SKIN

    A Former mayor said he was ignored by members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace because of the colour of his skin.

    Cllr Dan Putty – who is from Mauritius – spoke out today after Meghan Markle’s bombshell claims in her Oprah interview.

    He said racism is not solely the issue of the royals and is endemic throughout British society.

    He said: “Royalty don’t want to know people like me. Mainly because of the complexion of my skin.

    “People have to interact with people as you would, not as though they are superior.”

  • Hana Carter

    MP RAISES PROSPECT OF TOUGHER PRESS REGULATION OVER MEGHAN’S TREATMENT

    Tougher regulation of the press could be needed after the Duchess of Sussex was “hounded” in the media, a senior MP has warned.

    Labour’s Holly Lynch said legislators had repeatedly backed a voluntary approach to press regulation as their preferred option, but claimed that had failed and it was time to start considering: ‘What next?’

    The MP added that freedom of the press should come with a responsibility not to engage in what she claimed was the “aggressive bullying” faced by Meghan.

    Ms Lynch, who co-ordinated a letter signed by more than 70 women MPs in support of Meghan in 2019, suggested legislation may ultimately be needed to make the press take responsibility for its coverage of high-profile women.

    The letter criticised the “outdated, colonial undertones” in some of the coverage.

  • Hana Carter

    PRINCE CHARLES’ TRUST IN COUPLE ‘HAS ERODED’

    Prince Charles reportedly feels “let down” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after “supporting them more than he could say”.

    The 72-year-old is understood to be “deeply concerned” about the racism allegations raised by the Sussexes – but his trust has “eroded” in the couple after their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    A source close to Charles told the Evening Standard that the “incendiary” sit-down chat had caused great pain and division.

    They said: “It goes against everything the Prince of Wales believes in. He believes diversity is the strength of our society. For Harry to say he feels ‘let down’ seems a little rich when you consider what he has done.

    “The Duke of Sussex continues to say he respects his grandmother, but he has ridden roughshod over the institution she represents. Time is said to be a great healer, let’s hope so.”

  • Hana Carter

    PRINCE CHARLES’ TRUST IN COUPLE ‘HAS ERODED’

    PRINCE Charles reportedly feels “let down” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after “supporting them more than he could say”.

    The 72-year-old is understood to be “deeply concerned” about the racism allegations raised by the Sussexes – but his trust has “eroded” in the couple after their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    A source close to Charles told the Evening Standard that the “incendiary” sit-down chat had caused great pain and division.

    They said: “It goes against everything the Prince of Wales believes in. He believes diversity is the strength of our society. For Harry to say he feels ‘let down’ seems a little rich when you consider what he has done.

    “The Duke of Sussex continues to say he respects his grandmother, but he has ridden roughshod over the institution she represents. Time is said to be a great healer, let’s hope so.”

  • Hana Carter

    DOWNING STREET DECLINES TO COMMENT ON QUEEN’S DECISION TO ADDRESS ISSUES PRIVATELY

    Downing Street has declined to comment on the Queen’s decision to address issues raised in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary Oprah Winfrey interview privately.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was asked whether Boris Johnson believed the allegations surrounding racism were concerning.

    He said: “The Prime Minister was asked about the documentary on Monday and I’ve got nothing to add to what the Prime Minister said on Monday.”

    The spokesman declined to be drawn on whether Mr Johnson supports the decision by the palace to investigate the claims within the family.

  • Hana Carter

    MEG'S PALS SAY SHE HAS 'NO REGRETS'

    Meghan Markle's friends say she has "no regrets" about her interview with Oprah Winfrey, and that the Royal Family should be "relieved" she didn't name names.

    The Duke and Duchess sensationally revealed details of their royal life in the two-hour chat – and pals claimed Meghan "couldn't be happier" with the result.

    An insider with close ties to Meghan told DailyMail.com: "Meghan said she has absolutely no regrets about what was said during the interview and that speaking with Oprah was both cathartic and transformative – the best decision she ever made, other than marrying Harry.

    "Meghan said the Royal institution should be relieved that she didn't name names or go into even more details of what went on behind closed doors.

    "Meghan said waiting to share her story with the entire world seemed like an eternity and that she couldn't happier with the end result.

    "She said she's moved on, but is open to communicating with anyone from the Royal family who wants to engage in a constructive conversation."

  • Hana Carter

    SCHOFIELD SCOLDED ON THIS MORNING

    Philip Schofield scolded Meghan Markle's friend over being "unbelievably guarded and saying nothing" in a heated interview on today's This Morning.

    Actress Janina Gavankar appeared on the ITV show in support of her close pal following the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

    Asked if Meghan knew she would be on This Morning today, Janina replied: "Oh yes absolutely. I talk to them all of the time. We watched the special together actually."

    Dodging the question about whether Meghan is happy in the aftermath of her explosive revelations about the Royal Family, Janina said: "We're all happy we are in a new era.

    "We get to tell the truth. Things are different now. But I will say I don't speak for them, I speak for myself."

  • Hana Carter

    HARRY ‘WILL REGRET OPRAH INTERVIEW’, AUTHOR CLAIMS

    Prince Harry will regret his interview with Oprah Winfrey, just as Princess Diana did after her chat with Martin Bashir, a Royal author said.

    Speaking about Diana’s sensational interview with Martin Bashir, Penny Junor said in the Mail on Sunday:  “She was wrong and came to very much regret it.

    “Diana had been excited by the attention and hadn’t thought about the negative impact on her children.

    “My guess is that, like Diana all those years ago, Harry and Meghan will be feeling pleased as punch about their own interview with Oprah, which airs in America tonight and in the UK tomorrow.

    “But I suspect that one day Harry will come to regret it, just as Diana did.”

  • Hana Carter

    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MAY DO ANOTHER OPRAH INTERVIEW TO COMBAT BULLYING CLAIMS AGAINST HER’

    The Duchess of Sussex may do another Oprah interview to combat bullying allegations against her, it has been claimed.

    Sources say the duchess is keen to go on the offensive after last night’s interview.

    Aides are said to be plotting a sit-down sequel, with either Oprah or her CBS TV anchor friend Gayle King.

    A TV insider said: “The Oprah interview isn’t necessarily a one-off. The door has been left open for the couple to come back again and talk about their lives.

    “Oprah and Gayle have both been supportive and understanding of their plight behind closed doors and are champions of them. From a TV perspective and a financial point of view, the door would be wide open for a second show. The revenue raised is spectacular.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S INTERVIEW IS DAMAGING BUT MONARCHY CAN SURVIVE, SAY EXPERTS

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s revelations in their interview with Oprah Winfrey are “damning” and “damaging” to the monarchy, but the institution will ultimately be strong enough to withstand the controversy, royal experts have predicted.

    Harry and Meghan’s comments during the two-hour sit-down have “lobbed a hand grenade into the family home” and represent a “very serious attack” on the institution, royal author Penny Junor said.

    She said it was “absolutely fine” that Harry and Meghan had wanted to “walk away” from royal life, but questioned: “Why destroy the reputation of the family in the course of that?”

    Ms Junor told the PA news agency: “I do not know why they’ve done this. This is Harry’s family, his flesh and blood, and this seems to have lobbed a hand grenade into the family home.

    “I worry that there will be no coming back from that.”

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