Meghan missed opportunity to avoid being 'cut off' by royals after failing to show 'restraint'

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's infamous Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2021 has left a royal expert suggesting that the duchess should have shown "restraint" which may have stopped the couple being 'cut off' from the Royal Family.

In the two hour special which was highly anticipated by Sussex fans, the former royal couple opened up about all of their issues and experiences they had during their time in the Firm.

These stemmed from lack of protection and discussions of an unborn Prince Archie's skin colour to the Royal Family showing their support for Meghan when she experienced suicidal thoughts.

The bombshell chat was their first interview since stepping down as senior royals back in early 2020.

At the time, the palace issued a statement on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Mirror reports.

Meghan and Harry during Oprah interview
Meghan Markle previously claimed in their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview that a member of the Firm had questioned how dark their son Prince Archie's skin would be before he was born -Credit:HARPO PRODUCTIONS/AFP via Getty

The statement said the palace was "saddened" to learn what happened to Harry and Meghan and the matter of race was "concerning."

The rest of the statement read, "While 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 tension between Harry and Meghan and the Royal Family still continues over three years later, specifically between the Sussexes' and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Speaking to the Mirror about the Oprah interview, royal expert and author Tom Quinn claims that if "restraint" was shown by Prince Harry and Meghan in that interview, then the Royal Family may not have isolated the couple.

He said: “Everyone noted that William and Kate and the Royal family in general were quite restrained in their responses to the Oprah interview which made them look good.

"It would’ve been much better - and Harry and Meghan can see this now - if they had been similarly measured.

"They could’ve said to Oprah, ‘We know it wasn’t easy for anyone and we know the royal family has its traditions, but they could’ve been more flexible and welcoming for Meghan.'

"If they had approached it like that everyone, including the Royal family would’ve been far less slightly to cut the couple off so completely."

Later in their 2022 six part Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan, the former royal couple shared some insight into the explosive Oprah interview.

The former Suits actress said: “That interview, it was less about setting the record straight than at least filling in the blanks that other people were filling in for us.

“The more distance that came between us having a smaller role with the institution, coming over here, the more of a vacuum was being built. People just genuinely didn’t understand why we left.”

Harry also talked about the press harassment that Meghan had faced during the documentary and claimed that some members of the Firm saw it as a "rite of passage" and were wondering what the difference in what Meghan faced was in addition to why she should be protected.

Pointing out the racism, the duke explained: "I said 'the difference here is the race element."

In the past, Meghan has been branded as having "exotic DNA" by the DNA and also been proclaimed as "(almost) straight outta Compton" which is not where she is from.

Back in 2019, a former BBC presenter was fired for a tweet that compared Harry and Meghan's son, Archie, to a chimpanzee.

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