Queen to show ‘unity’ on Meghan Markle response says expert
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The highly anticipated primetime programme aired in the UK on Monday night on ITV. Meghan and Harry’s allegations, particularly on race and mental health issues, have led to calls for an investigation by Buckingham Palace. After the interview was broadcast in the US on Sunday, royal expert Daniela Elser said there was a “dizzying array of heartbreaking and traumatic revelations to contend with”.
Writing for news.com.au, the royal expert and columnist added: “It is hard to get beyond just how impossibly sad the picture both Meghan and Harry painted of royal life, of a clutch of miserable people forced into jobs they didn’t want all living in a state of permanent paralysis and fear about the press.
“If anyone out there, aside from small Cinderella-loving children, still had any skerrick of belief in the supposed fairytale nature of this whole royalty business, then this special has put paid to that.”
Ms Elser explained the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “made history” during their chat with Oprah.
She also claimed the interview will be talked about “for decades to come”.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry portrayed an incredibly sad picture of their experience as royals (Image: getty)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s highly anticipated interview aired in the UK on ITV (Image: getty)
Royal watchers and experts have labelled Meghan and Harry’s revelations as a “once-in-a generation crisis” for the Firm.
In a similar scenario in 1996, Sarah Ferguson sat down with Oprah and described how royal life is “not a fairytale”.
The Palace released a statement in response to the Oprah interview a day after the programme aired in the UK.
The Palace said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview will be talked about “for decades to come” (Image: getty)
“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.”
According to CBS, nearly 50 million people across the world have watched Meghan and Harry’s sit-down with Oprah.
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Meghan Markle “was a huge missed opportunity” for the Royal Family (Image: getty)
Ms Elser highlighted how Prince Harry’s involvement in the discussion was a “historic royal first”.
She said: “In taking part in this Oprah interview, this is not some insider raising objections to the strange, cold way the house of Windsor does things, this is one of their own serving up a smarting public indictment of both the family and the institution.
“For him to so painfully pull back the curtain and unmask the nasty reality is a historic royal first.”
Ms Elser even added that internationally the Royal Family’s image has been “potentially irrevocably stained”.
British TV presenter Trisha Goddard said Meghan “was a huge missed opportunity” for the Royal Family.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry timeline (Image: Express.co.uk)
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Ms Goddard explained: “I think Meghan was a huge missed opportunity because Harry and Meghan were obviously screaming into their pillows not being heard.”
She claimed the Duchess was a “huge beam of light” as a senior royal.
The broadcaster added: “Certainly in Britain young people of mixed heritage is the fastest growing group.
“But all around for black people, for people of colour, Meghan Markle is honestly I can’t tell you such a huge beam of light.
“You know all the work she did around Grenfell that really echoed all around the Commonwealth.”