London (CNN) – The fallout from Oprah Winfrey’s mind-blowing interview with Harry and Meghan this week has been extraordinary and layered.
The couple’s allegations now have the British royal family publicly defending themselves against charges of racism and gas.
It wasn’t just an American-British affair. Millions of people around the world have tuned in to see how fairy tales don’t always come true.
Royal interviews tend to be revelations of life behind palace walls. There were many here, but the interview also showed deep divisions in British society.
The couple had nothing but praise for the current monarch – Elizabeth – but they were scathing for her heir – Charles.
“Is the royal family a racist family, sir?” was asked by a journalist.
“We are really not a racist family,” replied William.
If he had spoken to Harry, the reporter probed. William said he didn’t, “but I will.”
Who would like to discuss these family matters in front of the cameras? But that’s the fate of the British royal family. It is not an ordinary family. We all think we have an interest in it and the right to know.
It seems unlikely when all parties involved have such important roles and show no intention of backing down.
What about the harm done to the monarchy itself?
A royal source told CNN that “diversity, equality, inclusion and mental health are important and highlighted issues that have been part of the work of royals for many years.”
The fact that they felt the need to mention this shows how much they must be concerned that all of this work is now being called into question.
If the challenge for the family is how to rebuild relationships, then the challenge for “The Firm” is how to rebuild trust.
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In the interview with Oprah, Meghan said that while she was pregnant there were discussions about whether her future children would have titles.
“They said they didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol,” she explained. Meghan then referred to George V’s 1917 Letters Patent and said “they said they wanted to change the agreement for Archie”.
The couple cited the royal institution’s decision to deny Archie a title – and with it his eligibility for protection – as well as a lack of support in the face of invasive media coverage as two of the determining factors in their decision to leave. the United Kingdom.
So what are the 1917 Letters Patent and how do they determine who gets title and who doesn’t?
Being born into the royal family doesn’t automatically give you a title. Harry’s great-great-grandfather King George V limited the use of the titles of prince and princess to certain senior family members by issuing the 1917 Letters Patent – essentially an open letter from the monarch .
This means that only Prince George, William and Catherine’s firstborn and direct heir, should have received the title of prince. However, the Queen issued her own letters patent in 2012 so that all future Cambridge children could claim titles.
The Queen did not intervene again at Archie’s birth. Right now, by royal decree, Archie is not allowed to be a prince. But that will change when Charles takes the throne. At this point, the Sussex offspring will be the grandchildren of a ruler and, as such, finally eligible for titles. It’s unclear how their departure as members of the Royal Family might affect that.
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