Prince Harry knew exactly what he was doing when he sat down for a flawless interview with Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey.
In March, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up to Winfrey in an intense, hour-long interview that included bombshell accusations against the Royal Family and the Cabinet as a whole.
Their allegations included charges of racism and turning a blind eye to psychiatric needs.
After their conversation, not only Harry and Markle’s statements made the headlines, but also rumors of backlash from Harry’s family members. It was immediately understood that Harry’s older brother William was upset, as rumors of backlash from Prince Charles and others also swirled.
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However, Harry was aware of what might have come of the interview.
“He knew what he was doing,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward told The New York Post’s Page Six.
“I can swear to you, and he wanted to tip this boat. Why, I don’t understand, but he wanted to,” she added. “And then he did, and I don’t think he’s surprised by the repercussions or regrets it for a second.”
It became known that the interview had sparked some sort of dialogue between Harry and his brother and father, although they were apparently “unproductive”. It has also been reported that Harry and William began their healing process when they reunited for the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip.
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Despite being well-versed in the royal family, Seward said she struggled to understand Markle’s claims about mental health – that she was denied help when she felt that she “didn’t want to be alive.”
“I find it so hard to understand … what she was trying to tell us there,” said the author. “You don’t go to the human resources department in the UK. You go to a doctor, or you say to your husband, ‘Honey, I feel awful, I need you to find someone.’ Harry was in therapy himself, so he had to know people. “
Seward thinks Markle, 39, has struggled to adjust to royal life because “she always had a voice and I think she just didn’t understand that as the Duchess Royal you cannot have a voice. “
Plus, she thinks that Harry “didn’t explain the ordinary things to her about being royal. That it’s not about you, but the monarchy – it’s not like being a celebrity.”
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The author said she was thrilled to see the former actress join the family, but knew that being American would make the transition difficult for her.
“I think she had no idea that she wouldn’t be able to say what she was thinking or wouldn’t be able to express her opinion,” Seward said. “It’s what she’s been used to all her life, and suddenly she’s in a strait-jacket.”
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She also said the interview caused serious damage to the Crown.
“No one attacks members of the royal family. I have never heard of a member of the royal family criticizing them like Harry or Meghan do,” the author explained.
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