Queen 'missed opportunity' for Meghan Markle to modernise 'dysfunctional' Royal Family

Queen 'missed opportunity' for Meghan Markle to modernise 'dysfunctional' Royal Family

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dramatically quit their roles as senior royals last year as they wanted to carve out their own financially independent lives in the US. The couple had hinted they were struggling during their 2019 royal trip to South Africa, with Meghan even claiming nobody had asked if she “was okay” after giving birth to son Archie just months before. It wasn’t until March this year that Meghan and Harry explained their true reasons for stepping back from the monarchy during a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Actor Jodie Turner-Smith has now said Meghan could have helped change the Firm “to something for the better”.

She told The Telegraph: “I think that Meghan could have been that.

“It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way in which it was not allowed to be something that really modernises that institution, and to change it to something for the better.

“I think that’s why there’s dysfunction there.”

She later added the monarchy should be viewed from a “modern context”.

Ms Turner-Smith said: “Only then we will recognise that certain things are archaic, and don’t really serve us as a community and are limiting us.

“I think we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.”

Meghan also hinted there could have been a missed opportunity for her biracial links to help change the Royal Family’s image in the Commonwealth during the Oprah interview.

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Oprah asked: “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”

Meghan said: “In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.

“And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

Buckingham Palace said they were “saddened” by Harry and Meghan’s claims, but added that “some recollections may vary”.

Meghan also spoke candidly about the challenges of motherhood to ITV’s Tom Bradby in 2019.

The Duchess said at the time: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging.

“And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.”

Published at Mon, 17 May 2021 20:55:00 +0000