In a new biography of the Queen by author Robert Hardman, friends say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey led to anguish for Prince William
It’s exactly one year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey hit screens.
In it, Harry and Meghan shared their experiences as working members of the Royal Family and explained why they stepped back to carve out a new life in America.
They alleged there had been conversations about how dark son Archie’s skin would be and Meghan revealed she had “suicidal thoughts” during her time in The Firm and claimed she was denied help for her mental health.
When it came to his brother, Harry claimed Prince William was “trapped” within the monarchy and added: “My brother can’t leave that system, but I have.”
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Days after the interview was aired, William was asked if the Royal Family was a racist family during an engagement at an east London school. He replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
Buckingham Palace later issued a statement in the aftermath saying racism allegations would be taken seriously and handled privately, adding “recollections may vary.”
And in a new book by royal biographer Robert Hardman, a friend claims that William was “as low as I’d ever seen him.”
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The book called Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II is currently being serialized in the Daily Mail.
And in an extract, Mr Hardman writes: “For Prince William, there was the added anguish of seeing the younger brother whom he had protected (and who had idolized him) now throwing incendiary and, in some cases, unanswerable charges into the public domain , fully aware of their likely impact.
“‘William,’ says one friend, ‘was as low as I’d ever seen him.'”
Meanwhile, the book also claims that the Queen knew Harry and Meghan would not return to royal life – as she learned they had left with their dogs in tow.
The couple stunned the world when they quit their royal duties in 2020, revealing they were starting a new life overseas.
Some around the corridors of Buckingham Palace expected them to one day return to the fold, but the Queen knew differently.
According to the new book, the Queen told a visitor she did not expect them to summarize royal life.
When asked about a future return for the couple, she replied: “Of course not. They took the dogs.”