The Queen ‘left devastated’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview and bombshell claims
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down for an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, that aired in the US last night.
The two hour special is set to air on ITV this evening in the UK, but many of the bombshell moments from the interview have already made their way across the pond.
And according to a royal expert and author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, the Queen will be devastated by the claims made in the interview, particularly those centring around race.
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“It was an extraordinary interview,” Royal expert Katie Nicholls told OK!, “The drama in the trailers left you wondering whether they'd held anything back. It was bombshell after bombshell. It has opened up a race row in the country.”
Katie went on to add that the Queen will be particularly upset about the claims made in the interview. She added: “For the Queen to hear these accusations on Commonwealth Day will be devastating. This day is so important to her and she is the proud head of state for many multi-racial realms. I do not believe the Queen is racist and looking at images of her and Prince Philip meeting Archie, that is the look of love. There is no racism.”
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Still, the author explains that there should be a response from the palace about the allegations. She said: “However, this does need to be a wake up call for the royal family. There is clearly an issue for a member of the royal family to have made such a comment on Archie's skin tone and that is shocking and unacceptable.
“I believe the palace are going to take some time to come up with a response but given the severity of the claims and the repercussions, it has to be addressed.”
Throughout the interview, Harry and Meghan were respectful to the Queen and Meghan chatted warmly about the time she spent with the monarch. Still, Katie said that criticism aimed at other Royals or the institution itself indirectly points a finger at the Queen.
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Katie explains: “Harry and Meghan were very respectful to the Queen but the problem is that she is the head of the institution so any criticism of that is directly pointed at her.”
During the talk with Oprah, Meghan spoke candidly about her experience of becoming a royal. One revelation saw Meghan claim that “concerns” were discussed about her baby’s skin colour while she was pregnant with Archie.
Meghan explained the conversation happened between Harry and a member of the Royal family, who the couple did not name.
The 39 year old said: "In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he's born.
"They didn't want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn't going to receive security."
Oprah, 67, enquired for more details, but Meghan refused to name the royal member who made the comments, saying it would be "very damaging to them."
Watch the full interview on ITV at 9pm on Monday night and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS
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