Prince Harry should leave line of succession claims expert
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Prince Harry , 36, drew comparisons between his wife Meghan Markle , 39, and his late mother Princess Diana during a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Touching on the success of their 2018 Australia tour when Meghan was pregnant with Archie, Harry claimed it “brought back memories” for The Firm.
Prince Harry launched a veiled attack at the Royal Family while speaking about their treatment of Meghan soon after she became a working royal.
While the Duke claimed Meghan was initially welcomed by everyone, he said there was a shift in attitudes following their South Pacific royal tour in October 2019.
Asked if Meghan was welcomed, Harry told Oprah: “Yes. Far better than I expected. (Laughter) But, you know, my grandmother has been amazing throughout.
“You know, my father, my brother, Kate and . . . and all the rest of the family, they were, they were really welcoming.”
Prince Harry hints royals envious of Meghan like Diana in Australia ‘Were they jealous?’ (Image: CBS/GETTY)
Prince Harry: Princess Diana and Charles in Australia in 1983 (Image: GETTY)
The Duke added: “But it really changed after the Australia tour, after our South Pacific tour.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried out a similar royal tour at the start of their marriage during which, Diana’s huge global appeal became obvious to the Royal Household.
Referring to the tour, Harry said: “But it was also . . . it was also the first time that the family got to see how incredible she is at the job. And that brought back memories.”
Asked if he was referring to his mother’s 1983 tour of Australia, Harry replied: “Look, I just wish that we would all learn from the past.”
Prince Harry: diana’s staus as a global star was cemented during the tour (Image: GETTY)
Harry added: “But to see the . . . to see how effortless it was for Meghan to come into the family so quickly in Australia and across New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, and just be able to connect with people in such a . . .”
Oprah interjected: “Why, I mean, why wouldn't everybody love that? Isn't that what you want?
“You want her to come into the family and to, as the Queen said at one point, the way that Meghan had basically, not her words, been assimilated into the family.”
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To which Harry responded: “Yeah, I think, you know, as we talked about, she was very much welcomed into the family, not just by the family, but by the world.”
The Duke went on to describe Meghan as “one of the greatest assets to the Commonwealth” hinting the Royal Family had missed an opportunity by losing the Duchess.
He added: “Certainly by the Commonwealth. I mean, here you have one of the greatest assets to the Commonwealth that the family could have ever wished for.”
Meghan and Harry had to return their roles as President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to the Crown following their withdrawal from duties.
Prince Harry hinted Meghan’s mass appeal may have threatened other royals (Image: GETTY)
In a statement last month, Buckingham Palace confirmed the Sussexes would not return to their royal roles and would have to hand back a number of positions.
The Queen’s statement read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.
“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
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