Queen ‘looking forward’ after Oprah interview says expert
A royal insider claimed the “last few years” have certainly been difficult for the sovereign. Royal correspondent Rebecca English was asked for her opinion after biographer Andrew Morton drew a comparison between the treatment experienced by Princess Diana and Meghan Markle during their years as senior royals.
Asked whether she thought the Queen “may be at the end of her rope with this issue constantly raising its head”, Ms English said: “There is no doubt the last few years have been intensely frustrating for her.” But argued the palace has learnt from past mistakes with Diana.
And, commenting on Mr Morton’s comparison of the two royals, she said: “But I fundamentally disagree with Andrew on this issue that the whole Meghan situation is like Diana’s history repeating itself.
“There is no doubt the palace didn’t handle Diana with all her complexity and all her frailty very well at all.
“And while I am not saying they were entirely perfect in their dealing with Meghan, I do know that people bent over backwards to help her, in a way they didn’t with Diana, because they learned from their previous mistakes.
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“And I disagree with Andrew quite fundamentally on that.”
Interviewed by Palace Confidential, Mr Morton stated Meghan and Diana had two very different personalities.
However, their experiences within the palace and with the press have been very similar.
He said: “Even though [Diana and Meghan] were different characters, the trajectory of the way they were treated once they went inside the Royal Family has remarkable similarities, both by the media and also inside the palace.
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“Diana felt rather lost, rather alone, isolated, so too did Meghan Markle – that was their truth.”
Meghan recently spoke about feeling trapped within the palace’s walls during her time as senior royal.
In a landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said “everyone welcomed me” within the Royal Family before speaking about her experience.
She said: “When you say, ‘Was it what it looked like?’, my understanding and my experience of the past four years is it’s nothing like what it looks like.
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“It’s nothing like what it looks like. And I… and I remember so often people within The Firm would say, ‘Well, you can’t do this because it’ll look like that. You can’t’.
“So, even, ‘Can I go and have lunch with my friends?’
“‘No, no, no, you’re oversaturated, you’re everywhere, it would be best for you to not go out to lunch with your friends’. I go, ‘Well, I haven’t . . . I haven’t left the house in months’.
“I mean, there was a day that one of the members of the family, she came over, and she said, ‘Why don’t you just lay low for a little while, because you are everywhere right now’.
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“And I said, ‘I’ve left the house twice in four months. I’m everywhere, but I am nowhere’.
“And from that standpoint, I continued to say to people, ‘I know there’s an obsession with how things look, but has anyone talked about how it feels? Because right now, I could not feel lonelier’.”
Meghan also said to have asked the “institution for help for quite a long time”, claiming the palace would not set the record straight on stories she said were not true.
She said: “After we had gotten back from our Australia tour — which was about a year before that — and we talked about when things really started to turn, when I knew we weren’t being protected.
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“And it was during that part of my pregnancy, especially, that I started to understand what our continued reality was going to look like.”
Meghan and Prince Harry sparked a crisis within the Royal Family in January 2020, when they announced their intention to step back as full-time working royals to “carve out a progressive new role within the institution”.
In March 2020 they officially stepped down and relinquished their rights to carry out royal engagement, use their HRH styles and the term royal.
As it emerged in February, they were also stripped of their royal and military patronages but were allowed to live abroad and become financially independent.