The Queen will be “distressed” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey which amounted to a “form of revenge”, a royal expert has claimed.
During the bombshell interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shockingly alleged that one royal was concerned about how dark Archie’s skin might be, that Meghan was denied help for her suicidal thoughts, and that Prince Charles stopped taking his son’s calls.
The couple stopped short of criticising The Queen, and both lavished praise on the “warm” and “inviting” monarch.
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams – who has not seen the entire broadcast – believes the interview will still have taken a heavy toll.
He told the Daily Star: “The big problem with this is it is obvious revenge. I always said that they needn’t have done this.
“I said it because what was so important was they were doing so well … child two is due in the summer, they’ve got Netflix and Spotify deals, and if the pandemic permits, they’ll launch Archewell.
“They’ve won their case against Associated Newspapers, they could have talked to Oprah about other matters – motherhood and philanthropy and the future.”
Asked how Her Majesty might respond, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think she will be much distressed by it because it’s an attack on the monarchy and she is its head, there’s no doubt about. I mean, it is a form of revenge.”
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He continued: “All her life she’s served the nation so devotedly and the British people I think will respond to that.”
ITV will show Markle and Harry's interview with US TV host Oprah Winfrey in full on Monday night, March 8, and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.
In one of the most shocking revelations, Meghan told Oprah: “I just didn’t want to be alive any more".
Meghan made the admission so that she could give people hope that "life is still worth living".
The Duchess of Sussex also responded to a claim that she had made Kate Middleton cry.
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Meghan hit back and said the “reverse happened”, telling Oprah that the Duchess of Cambridge had left her in tears during wedding planning.
She said she did not want to be “disparaging to anyone” and claimed Kate apologised with flowers and a note “to take accountability”.
It was not a “confrontation” and it would not be “fair” to Kate to go into detail, she said, adding it was “hard to get over” being blamed for something she did not do.
Meghan said “everyone in the institution knew that wasn’t true” and she hoped Kate “would have wanted that to be corrected”, adding “she is a good person”.
Before airing on Sunday in the US, Meghan had accused "the Firm" of "perpetuating falsehoods".
Their decision to sit down for the interview with Oprah has reportedly leftPrince WilliamandPrince Charlesfeeling "saddened" after feeling they had tried to heal the royal rift.
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A palace source told the Daily Mirror: “The overriding feeling throughout this whole sorry saga is one where many people, especially the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, have been left immensely saddened.
“There is a distinct feeling inside the camp there must have been a better way to solve the issues by coming together, rather than the nuclear decision that has resulted in everything being discussed so publicly and without reason.
“When all is said and done, no one is likely to come off smelling of roses.”
Watch the full interview on ITV at 9pm on Monday night and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.
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