THE Queen finally broke her silence over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, extending an “olive branch” to the couple.
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.
“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.”
The sign off of the response signals a desire to make amends, but out of the spotlight, royal author Phil Dampier claims.
He said: “By saying Harry and Meghan are lucky loved family members she is throwing out an olive branch and pleading with them not to say anymore and to calm down and start to build bridges.”
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.
For full details and analysis of the sensational interview, follow our live blog below.
PRINCE CHARLES SAID TO BE ‘DEEPLY CONCERNED’ OVER MEGHAN MARKLE’S RACISM CLAIMS
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 claimed that the Prince of Wales had gone “out of his way to make sure his son and daughter in law were financially supported”.
Archie is seventh in line to the throne, behind his dad.
The Oprah interview saw startling claims emerge about the Royal Family – including that “concerns and conversations” had been had about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born.
And she said the only reason she was concerned about her son receiving a title was because having security.
DID DUCHESS OF SUSSEX SUBMIT FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST PIERS?
It’s today been reported that the Duchess of Sussex submitted a formal complaint about Piers after his comments aired.
His bosses have refused to deny suggestions the pregnant royal contacted them to blast the presenter.
A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Piers brought an immediate end to his six-year stint on the show last night when he decided to walk rather than apologise to Meghan.
ITV bought the rights to the Oprah interview for a rumoured £1million and its news anchor Tom Bradby also secured an interview with the couple during their Africa tour in October 2019.
ARCHIE WILL BE ENTITLED TO BE AN HRH OR PRINCE AFTER CHARLES LEAVES THE THRONE
Under the rules laid down by King George V in 1917, only Prince William and Kate’s eldest son Prince George were originally entitled to be a prince.
The Queen stepped in ahead of George’s birth in 2013 to issue a Letters Patent to ensure George’s siblings Charlotte and Louis would have fitting titles as children of the future king.
Under the George V rules, Archie will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince – but not until his grandfather Charles takes the throne.
However, it was reported that the Sussexes believe Prince Charles wanted to change the convention.
MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘FEAR CHARLES WILL REFUSE TO MAKE ARCHIE A PRINCE EVEN AFTER QUEEN DIES’
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry fear Charles will refuse to make Archie a Prince, it was claimed today.
Under current Royal rules, Archie would be made a prince or receive a HRH title when Prince Charles becomes king.
But the Times today reported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are concerned that the convention would be changed when the Queen dies.
During the explosive interview with Oprah, Meghan claimed: “While I was pregnant they said they wanted to change the convention for Archie.”
A Royal decree dating back more than a century states only Royal offspring in direct line of succession can be princes or become an HRH – which excludes Archie automatically.
MEGHAN MARKLE TELLS OPRAH IN DISCUSSION ABOUT PRINCE TITLE, ‘THEY WANTED TO CHANGE THE CONVENTION FOR ARCHIE’
MEGHAN MARKLE INTERVIEW NEWS: THE LATEST
- Queen is to privately quiz senior royals over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s race claims
- Her Majesty revealed she was “saddened” as she finally responded to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s race claims
- Palace fears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might ‘name and shame’ royal who made remark about Archie’s skin
- Hillary Clinton says ‘cruelty’ against Meghan Markle was ‘outrageous’ as she blasts royals for not supporting duchess
- Piers Morgan quit Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise on air over Meghan Markle row
A senior royal source said Palace aides would be looking into Meghan’s claims she asked for mental health support but was refused it.
But the source added: “One of the things that will be looked at is why on earth did poor Meghan go to the Palace HR department for help and not to senior members of the Family?
“They have medical households full of medical experts that could have helped with everything.”
During the explosive interview with Oprah, Prince Harry said he had not spoken to his family to get support, saying: “That’s just not a conversation that would be had.”
He added: “I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them.”
BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO INVESTIGATE WHY MEGHAN MARKLE WASN’T OFFERED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Buckingham Palace is to investigate why Meghan Markle wasn’t given support for mental health problems that she says left her feeling suicidal.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, told Oprah Winfrey during the bombshell interview aired this week that she sought help after telling Prince Harry she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”.
MEGHAN MARKLE ‘MAY HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT PIERS MORGAN TO ITV’
MEGHAN Markle may have submitted a formal complaint to ITV before Piers Morgan sensationally quit after refusing to apologise, reports claim.
The 55-year-old stepped down from Good Morning Britain last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford over the Duchess.
And this morning he doubled down on his decision – tweeting: “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
Now it’s emerged that he might have been confronted by chiefs after the broadcaster was contacted by Meghan.
…AND HER MOTHER TINA KNOWLES CRITICISED PIERS MORGAN OVER MEGHAN COMMENTS
Tina Knowles, the mother of pop superstar Beyonce, criticised Piers Morgan overnight.
She wrote on Instagram: “So Piers Morgan stormed off because he can dish it out but he can’t take it!!!! ‘Is he 5 years old or what!!!!!!!
“No concern for Archie whatsoever!!! Looks to me like he’s saying ‘how dare this black man reprimand me. On national TV. Only I can do that. I can drag Meghan but you cannot call me out!!!'”
She continued: “Morgan has always felt superior White and British at that!!! !!! He has always felt his White privilege!!
“He is showing his true colours literally!!!!”
BEYONCE PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR MEGHAN MARKLE
“Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership,” Beyoncé said in the statement.
“We are all strengthened and inspired by you.”
The message was accompanied of a photo of Beyoncé and Markle meeting at The Lion King premiere in 2019.
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.”
MEGHAN’S SUITS CO-STAR HITS OUT AT HER FOR INTERVIEW DURING COVID CRISIS
Meghan Markle’s suit co-star Wendell Pierce has slammed her and Prince Harry for the timing of their interview.
The actor said it was “insensitive” of the pair to have staged the interview while the world was in the “throes of death” and fighting against a pandemic.
The 57-year-old told radio station LBC: “Today 3,000 people are going to die in America from Covid.
“A couple of hundred people are going to die, even this hour, in the UK.”
Wendell, who worked with Meghan for four years as his role as her Suit character’s dad, said the broadcast was “insignificant”.
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.
“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.”
SAMANTHA MARKLE SAYS MEGHAN USING ‘DEPRESSION AS EXCUSE TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE DISHRAGS’
The Duchess half-sister Samantha has accused the Duchess of using “depression as an excuse to treat people like dishrags.”
However, in an interview with Inside Edition, her half-sister accused Markle of using her mental illness as an excuse.
“Depression is not an excuse for treating people like dishrags and disposing of them,” Samantha said.
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.”
MORE ON HILLARY CLINTON DEFENDING MEGHAN MARKLE
In her interview with the Washington Post, Hilary Clinton went on to say: “Every institution has got to make more space and acceptance for young people coming up.
“Particularly young women, who should not be forced into a mould that is no longer relevant, not only for them but for our society.
“And it was heartbreaking to see the two of them sitting there having to describe how difficult it was to be accepted, to be integrated.
“Not just into the Royal Family as they described, but more painfully into the larger societies whose narrative is driven by tabloids that are living in the past.”
MEGHAN AND HARRY NEWS ROUND UP
- Prince Harry hit the ‘nuclear button’ on his family in the interview, insiders claimed
- Thomas Markle hung up on ‘snotty’ Prince Harry
- Meghan Markle is reported to have slammed the door in Kate Middleton’s face when the duchess tried to apologise over an incident over flower girl dresses
- ITV Hub crashed as the interview was broadcast on the UK screens
- Oprah revealed Prince Harry insisted the Queen and Prince Philip were not the Royals who expressed concerns about Archie’s skin colour
- A new photograph of the couple with Archie was released
- Thomas Markle will be interviewed on GMB
- Harry and Meghan held a private ‘exchange of vows’ before their wedding
- The full transcript of the interview can be read here
MEGHAN & HARRY SAY QUEEN SNUBBED THEM OVER WEEKEND STAY
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry claim the Queen snubbed them by cancelling an overnight stay at Sandringham amid Megxit.
In a new bombshell clip from the Oprah interview, the Duke says the Queen invited the pair to stay with her on January 6 last year- but revoked the invitation the moment they landed in Britain.
The Duke of Sussex said his grandmother, Her Majesty, had personally invited them to Sandringham for a “chat, tea, and dinner,” and to stay the night because it’s a “long drive”.
It came as the couple flew back from Canada for the first time since fleeing Britain for their new life – and just two days before The Sun exclusively revealed Megxit.
Read the full story here.
MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY CRITICISES PIERS’ REMARKS
Mental health charity Mind has been highly critical of Piers’s comments on Meghan Markle and in a statement said it was speaking to ITV about the matter.
It read: “We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts.
“It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy.
“We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment.”
Piers has since quit the ITV breakfast show.
EXPLAINED: HOW MEGHAN AND PIERS MORGAN FIRST MET
Piers and Meghan first got in contact after he followed her on Twitter and she messaged him saying she was a fan of his.
Piers later revealed: “We had two hours in the pub, she had a couple of dirty martinis and pints – we got on brilliantly. Then I put her in a cab, and it turns out it was the cab that took her to a party where she met Prince Harry.
“The next night they had a solo dinner and that was the last I ever heard from Meghan Markle. I never heard from her again – Meghan Markle ghosted me.”
Piers said he was “ditched like a sack of spuds!”
PIERS CLARIFIES HIS VIEWS ON MENTAL HEALTH AFTER MEGHAN COMMENTS
On today’s GMB Piers took a moment to clarify his views on mental health after the backlash – before he quit.
He said: “On mental illness and suicide, these are clearly very serious things which should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and the help they need every time.
“And if they belong to an institution like the royal family, they should absolutely be given it. It’s not for me to question whether she felt suicidal, I wasn’t in her mind and that’s for her to say.
“My real concern was a disbelief, frankly, and I’m prepared to be proven wrong on this and if I am it’s a scandal, she went to a senior member of the royal household, told them she was suicidal and was told she could not have any help because it would be a bad look for the family.
“If that is true, that person should be fired, if they’re still there, and the royal family have serious questions to answer about how they handled it.”
QUEEN TO PRIVATELY QUIZ SENIOR ROYALS OVER RACE ALLEGATIONS
Senior royals will be personally quizzed by the Queen over Meghan and Prince Harry’s damaging racism claims.
Her Majesty said in a statement yesterday the accusations will be “addressed privately”.
The monarch is to have private conversations with Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and others to establish what may have been said.
The Sun told yesterday how the Duke and Duchess had already given differing accounts of the alleged racist remark — revealed in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey which was seen around the world.
Meghan told Oprah a senior royal had quizzed her while she was pregnant on “how dark” their unborn son Archie would be. But Harry later said the remarks came in conversations before the couple were married and were about what their future children might look like.
HILLARY CLINTON SAYS ‘CRUELTY’ AGAINST MEGHAN MARKLE WAS ‘OUTRAGEOUS’
HILLARY Clinton said the “cruelty” against Meghan Markle was “outrageous” as she blasted the royals for not supporting the Duchess.
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