Royal Family Faces Pressure To Respond To Harry And Meghan Interview

Buckingham Palace is currently under pressure to respond to the heavy allegations of racism following an interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan. The most shocking revelation of the interview was that the couple revealed a member of the family asked about how dark the skin tone of their child would be while Meghan was still pregnant.

Prince Harry made Oprah, who was running the interview, clarify that neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh made the remark regarding Archie’s skin tone, however, they also refused to clarify who actually said it, leaving the other royal family members open to suspicion. Meghan told Winfrey that concerns over Archie being “too brown was a pretty safe assumption,” but her and Harry refused to identify who said it, claiming it would be “very damaging” if they did.

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Meghan also suggested that her son’s mixed-race status is what led to him being denied the title of prince; something that is automatically given to any grandchild of a sovereign, which is what Archie is. The couple claimed that racism in general was a “large part” of their decision to leave Britain, and while the UK was not bigoted, the UK press and tabloids were.

Keir Starmer is the labor leader within the palace who claimed the “race and mental health issues raised by Meghan were bigger than the royal family, and should not be put to one side. There is no place for racism in our society.”

Meghan also made shocking claims that during her short time in the palace, she became extremely depressed and suicidal. “I just didn’t want to be alive any more.” Asked whether she had contemplated suicide, she replied: “Yes, this was very, very clear, and very scary. Though I begged for help, and asked to go somewhere to seek help, I was told I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

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Harry then went on to criticize his own father, who stopped taking calls from his son after the couple announced their departure as working royals, which also led to the couple being cut off financially. When asked about if the royal family had apologized at all for any of what the couple has endured within the past few years, Harry claimed they hadn’t, because they felt unsupported.

Harry also clarified that the two of them never “blindsided” the Queen as the media heavily suggested, and instead informed her last year of their intent to quit. He claimed to have too much respect for his grandmother to ever just leave without a warning.

Royal author and historian Robert Lacey claims the repercussions from this interview “would reverberate for a long time because this is more than just a criticism of someone’s personality. This is a first-hand testimony to a dysfunctional family. It’s probably the most damning condemnation of the royal family and how they operate I’ve ever heard.”

So far, the palace and royal family members have yet to respond to the interview beyond seeing what the tabloids have said of it, which has so far been fairly split down the middle, surprisingly.

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Prince Harry & Wife Meghan Step Back As Senior Members of British Royal Family

Just twenty months ago millions of royal fans around the world stopped what they were doing, grabbed their snacks and sat down to watch as Suits actress Meghan Markle married her prince and became part of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family. Following her marriage to Harry – sixth in line to the throne – many expected exciting news from the couple, with royal experts everywhere announcing the start of a new phase in the future of the royals.

However things could not be more different for the couple today. Following on from the fall out of Markle’s family – including her father not attending her wedding at Windsor Castle and her half-sister selling stories to media outlets around the world – the Windsor’s have seen a very different side to married life than the majority of us would.

Following accusations of racism from some of the world’s press as well as “untruths” being reported about Markle, many felt that their refusal to show off new-born Archie in the “traditional” manner was a snub to all of those who had supported them. A documentary last year highlighted just how bad the couple felt things had become, with a tearful Markle admitting she was finding things hard and Harry seemingly confirming his fall out with brother William.

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This was swiftly followed by lawsuits against several media outlets in the UK, as well as the announcement of their six-week sabbatical – including staying away from the traditional Christmas family gathering at the Queen’s residence in Norfolk, Sandringham. Therefore it comes as no surprise that they have decided to step away from senior royal life. What has been a surprise is the way they have dealt with the issue.

It has been claimed that they did not consult the Queen nor Prince Charles (Harry’s grandmother and father) regarding their decision, a move that not only is a major breach of protocol but has allegedly left a mood of ‘disappointment’ within the family.

The decision, made after “many months of reflection and internal discussions,” was announced via their Instagram account and confirmed they will be working towards becoming financially independent. Current rules dictate that they are unable to earn income in any form meaning they are funded by their country’s taxpayer as well as money from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall estate. By stepping down as senior royals they will no longer be entitled to the money from the state however they will still need security which poses the question as to who pays for it.

Prince Harry has made it clear that he is unhappy with the way the world’s media have been treating his wife, comparing it to the treatment that he feels ultimately killed his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997 when he was only twelve years old. The effect of losing his mother at such a young age – along with the circumstances of her death as well as the fact he believes neither he nor brother William should have had to follow their mother’s hearse as it made it’s way to Westminster Abbey, London for her funeral – has clearly impacted his mental health, something he has only been able to talk about recently.

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Watching him open up in his interview in Africa it was clear to see that he is a troubled man. He clearly feels that stepping away from the public eye at this time will give his new wife and baby the freedom that he so craves. However he has maintained his determination to fully support Her Majesty The Queen and continue to “honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” It is believed he will continue to work with his foundation The Invictus Games, an organization that works with military personnel that were wounded, injured or sick (WIS) throughout or as a result of their service.

The Sussex’s are also looking forward to working on their new charity, although it is unclear as yet what this may be.

Stepping back from being senior royals means they will be able to raise their son in both the UK and in North America with royal commentators speculating that they may move to Canada where they recently spent their Christmas break and where Markle spent seven years while filming her role as Rachel Zane in the hit legal drama Suits. She also has many friends still living in the country and the couple made a visit to meet Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK Janice Charette to say thank you for their recent trip.

With Prince Andrew recently being stripped of his role in the Royal Family, after his alleged involvement with pedophile Jeffery Epstein, and now Prince Harry stepping down it could be the start of the new look, slimmed down family that many have spent years calling for. A portrait was recently released with The Queen and three of her heirs to the throne, Princes’ Charles, William and George, and it could be that this is the new look of the monarchy.