Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: has the Queen let them down?

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan
Has the Queen let them down?

The Queen with Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan reportedly believe the Queen failed to take the Sussexes’ allegations seriously.

Prince Harry (36) and Duchess Meghan (40) are reportedly dissatisfied with the reaction of Queen Elizabeth II (95) to the racism allegations raised in their interview with Oprah Winfrey (67). At least that’s what the authors of the biography “Finding Freedom” claim, as the “People” magazine is supposed to report.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex therefore did not believe that the Queen had taken care of the issues they raised, and believe that “little responsibility” has been assumed since then, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand said, according to the report.

“No surprise”

In the TV interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in early March, Meghan and Harry claimed that a member of the royal family had raised “concerns” about “how dark” their son Archie, 2’s skin would be. They did not give the name of the person. Meghan also said that she had mental health problems during her time at the palace and that she had been denied help.

After the interview, the Queen said in a statement: “The whole family is sad to see the full extent of how challenging the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” especially the allegations of racism are “worrying”. It also said: “While some memories can vary, they are taken very seriously and addressed privately by the family.”

In a new epilogue to their book Finding Freedom, Scobie and Durand claim, according to People, that “the queen’s comment ‘memories may vary’ did not go unnoticed by the couple”. According to one source, the Sussexes were “not surprised” that the Queen did not take full responsibility. Another insider said that even months later nothing had happened: “How can you get on like this?”

Back to the public?

Meghan and Harry, who resigned as high-ranking royals in early 2020 and moved to the United States, apparently want to look ahead. They are “ready to take their next steps back into a consciously public life,” continues “People”. After the parental leave they took after the birth of their daughter Lilibet in early June, the Sussexes want to report back, says Omid Scobie. The couple has made deals with Netflix and Spotify and is involved with the “Archewell” foundation for social causes.