Duchess of Sussex did not say Harry ‘lost his dad’ in The Cut interview, says Omid Scobie

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Duchess of Sussex did not say Harry ‘lost his dad’ in The Cut interview, says Omid Scobie

A Royal biographer has hit out at “confusing headlines” after Meghan Markle appeared to suggest that Harry had “lost his dad” when the couple left the Royal Family to move to the US.

The Duchess of Sussex opened up about her life in an interview with The Cut magazine at her California home.

Speaking about the impact of their decision to step down as senior royals, Meghan told The Cut: “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process’.

“It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but that’s his decision.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their children

The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021 (Alexi Lubomirski)
The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021 (Alexi Lubomirski)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A 1st birthday picture of  Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (Photo by Misan Harriman, Copyright owned by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ©2022)
A 1st birthday picture of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (Photo by Misan Harriman, Copyright owned by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ©2022)
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(Misan Harriman)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with son Archie (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with son Archie (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their son Archie (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their son Archie (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Archive)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold their son Archie during a visit to Africa (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Archive)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie as she and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie as she and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex on Ellen show Unseen picture of Archie with in the family’s chicken coop (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
This undated image released by photographer Misan Harriman (@misanharriman) via Instagram on March 8, 2021 shows Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, posing with son Archie. - Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle disclosed the gender of their second baby, a girl due later this year, during an interview with Oprah which aired on March 7. (Misan Harriman via Instagram/AFP)
This undated image released by photographer Misan Harriman (@misanharriman) via Instagram on March 8, 2021 shows Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, posing with son Archie. - Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle disclosed the gender of their second baby, a girl due later this year, during an interview with Oprah which aired on March 7. (Misan Harriman via Instagram/AFP)

It was widely reported that Harry was referring to his relationship with his own father, Prince Charles, but Sussex biographer Omid Scobie has said he does not believe this to be the case.

He said: “There seems to be confusion in some headlines about this quote in The Cut interview.

“I understand that Prince Harry is actually referring to Meghan’s loss of her own father, and Meghan is saying she doesn’t want Harry to lose his.”

Meghan has become estranged from her father in the last few years.

Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 (AP)
Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 (AP)

Harry’s relationship with his father has been said to be tense since the couple moved to the US.

A source close to Charles said he would be saddened if Harry felt their relationship was lost, adding: “The Prince of Wales loves both his sons”.

Meghan also revealed that she believes there is “room for forgiveness” between herself and the royal family.

“I think forgiveness is really important,” she told the magazine.

“It takes a lot more energy to not forgive, but it takes a lot of effort to forgive.

“I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”

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Meghan also suggested she could be returning to Instagram after deleting her account more than four years ago as part of becoming a senior royal.

She added that along with deleting her personal social accounts, she felt like “an actress” playing at being a member of the royal family.

The Cut article precedes a busy autumn schedule of commitments and charity work, with the pair heading back to the UK before travelling to Germany to promote the 2023 Invictus Games in Dusseldorf.