EXCLUSIVE: According to one author, there is a reason the British royal family has not reached out to Meghan Markle after the Duchess’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
On March 16, Gayle King revealed on “CBS This Morning” that Markle’s husband, Prince Harry, has spoken with his father, Prince Charles, and his older brother, Prince William, since the story aired.
“Well I’m not trying to give you news, but I actually called you to see how you were feeling, and it’s true, Harry has spoken with his brother and also with his father,” said Winfrey’s co-host and longtime friend. “The word they gave me was that those conversations weren’t productive. But they’re glad they at least started a conversation.”
“And I think what still bothers them is that the palace keeps saying that they want to solve it in private, but nevertheless, they believe that these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan,” the 66-year-old shared. old, adding, “No one in the royal family has spoken to Meghan yet, at this particular time.”
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Royal author Anna Pasternak told Fox News that it could be difficult for any member of the royal family to contact Markle, 39, fearing those conversations would leak to the press.
Pasternak has previously written about the other American divorcee who married a royal for a book titled “The Real Wallis Simpson.” The British writer tracked down the last remaining circle of Simpson’s close friends who wanted to set the record straight about her controversial life.
“They don’t trust her,” Pasternak alleged. “They don’t trust that if they get in touch with her, that won’t be reported through CBS. You can’t go on international television, have an audience of almost 50 million people around the world, basically tear the family apart. real”. and then expect to be contacted in good faith. It just won’t work. It would be naive to think that this interview would make the royal family instantly think: ‘Our institution is wrong. We are completely out of date. We need you to help us modernize. ‘”
“Well that was never going to happen,” Pasternak continued. “The reason the British royal family, the House of Windsor, have survived is because they have been quite ruthless in their survival mode and have adhered to the same traditions and protocols. Harry recognized this when he said ‘My brother and my father are trapped ‘because he knows nothing is going to change. “
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King told the audience that despite their differences, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope that one day the families can heal.
“I think it’s frustrating for them to see that this is a racial conversation about the royal family when all they wanted from the beginning was for royalty to step in and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate and untrue stories that they definitely have a racial bias. “King explained.
“And until you can recognize that, I think it will be difficult to move on,” King said. “But they both want to go through with this and they both want to heal in this family. At the end of the day, that’s Harry’s family.”
Piers Morgan immediately took to Twitter, where he responded to King’s comments.
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“Hi @GayleKing, instead of acting as the PR spokesperson for your Sussex friends to facilitate their continued public dispossession of our Royal Family, how about you do your job as a journalist and ask them about all the lies they told on @ Oprah’s interview? ” the former “Good Morning Britain” host tweeted. “America should hear THE truth.”
On March 7, CBS aired a two-hour interview that 36-year-old Harry and his wife did with Oprah Winfrey. During the televised meeting, the Duke of Sussex revealed that his relationships with his 72-year-old father and 38-year-old older brother have been broken.
Markle described feeling so isolated and miserable within the royal family that she had suicidal thoughts. The Duchess of Sussex also alleged that a member of the royal family had “concerns” about the skin color of her unborn child.
The family member was neither Queen Elizabeth II, 94, nor Prince Philip, 99, according to Harry, prompting a flurry of speculation about who it might be.
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Harry also told the 67-year-old media mogul that the royal family cut him financially in early 2020 after announcing plans to retire from their roles. But he was able to pay for his family’s security thanks to money left by his late mother, Princess Diana.
“While researching for my book on Wallis Simpson, the only thing that fascinated me is that nothing has changed when it comes to the royal family,” Pasternak said. “As much as you want to be this magnificent, modernizing figure, no one is going to come in and completely shake the House of Windsor.”
Pasternak noted that when the network first announced the special on February 15, it revealed that nothing would be prohibited during the extensive interview. Still, she wished Winfrey had asked Markle more about her family.
“We certainly hear a lot about Harry’s family, but what is Meghan’s relationship with her father really like? Why is there so much division within their family? Why was there only one family member at their wedding? It was extraordinary Meghan comes across as an emotionally intelligent and bright young woman. So what’s going on there? “
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In clips that were not originally aired, Winfrey asked the Duchess about her relationships with her father Thomas Markle and her half-sister Samantha Markle.
“There was so much obsession with anything in my world, including locating my parents, and I did everything I could to protect them both,” Markle explained.
According to the former American actress, British tabloids offered people large sums of money for her father’s address. And once located, they immediately “descended” to his small town where they urged him to speak.
When Winfrey asked Markle about Samantha, who recently published a book that told everything about her famous brother, the Duchess replied, “This is a very different situation from my father, right? When you talk about betrayal, betrayal It comes from someone who is in a relationship. I don’t feel comfortable talking about people I don’t really know. “
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After Harry and Markle tied the knot in May 2018 at Windsor Castle, the royal family seemed to welcome the Duchess of Sussex, a glamorous former TV star. The couple was seen as providing a fresh, young face to the monarchy of an increasingly multicultural nation.
It didn’t take long for the fairy tale to unravel.
The couple departed from royal duties last year and eventually settled in California, saying they wanted to escape racist coverage and unwanted intrusions on their privacy by the British media.
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During the interview, the Duke and Duchess shared that they are expecting a girl for this summer.
Associated Press contributed to this report.