9 Myths About the Royal Family
Royalty is a fairy tale in the minds of many people, though some myths are more true than others as these examples demonstrate.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have accused the media of telling lies about them, but there are a series of less high profile misbeliefs that might also be challenged.
Thomas Markle believes he would get on "quite well” with Prince Charles and would like to go for a drink with him. © Bang Showbiz Thomas Markle
The 76-year-old estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex also suggests he and the Prince of Wales have something in common having both been “ghosted” by Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
Speaking during an interview with Australian television programme ’60 Minutes’, Thomas - who has not spoken to his daughter since 2018 - spoke about the similarities he supposedly shares with Charles, despite never having met the heir to the British throne in person.
And he also thanked Charles personally for walking Meghan down the aisle after Thomas pulled out of attending her 2018 wedding to the Duke of Sussex owing to health problems.
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Gallery: Prince Harry shows us The Me You Can't See: 10 shocking revelations from the show (BANG Showbiz)
"I always wanted to be normal, to just be Harry"
On several occasions, Prince Harry has been speaking out about the struggles of his life as a member of the British royal family. The recent docu-series, ‘The Me You Can’t See’, an Apple TV+ project focused on mental health and featuring Prince Harry and Oprah Winfery, gave the Duke of Sussex yet another platform to voice his criticisms. Here are 10 shocking revelations Harry made...
Harry turned to drugs and alcohol after Diana's death
Harry, who was only 12 when his mother died, revealed that he went through a reckless party phase because of Diana’s death. “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling. But I slowly became aware that, OK, I wasn't drinking Monday to Friday, but I would probably drink a week's worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night," the Duke of Sussex revealed on the show. Harry explained that he was “completely unaware of it”. He continued: "And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something."
Harry was put through ‘pain and suffering’ by Charles’ parenting
In the documentary, Harry expanded on his previous claims around the effects of his dad Prince Charles’ parenting, originally made on the ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast. “My father used to say to me when I was younger … ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you,’" the prince told Oprah. Harry explained that his father’s words didn't “make sense" to him. “Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids," he added.
Harry’s happiest time was in the army
The prince said that the happiest time of his life was during the 10 years he spent fighting in Afghanistan. He explained how being in the army got him away from the media spotlight and gave him the chance to be treated like everyone else. He said: “I got to wear the same uniform as everyone else, I had to do all the same training as everyone else, I started from the bottom like everyone else. There was no special treatment because of who I was.”
The family ‘let him suffer’
Harry told Oprah how he felt a lack of support from the royal family after his mother’s death, because of their own old-fashioned ways. He said: “I wasn't in an environment where it was encouraged to talk about it either, that was kind of squashed. [I needed to speak out for] the past, to heal myself from the past.” The prince accused his family of not even talking about Diana’s death. He explained how he struggled to deal with the increasing media attention at the time, and the resulting mental distress as a young teenager. He revealed how the royals encouraged him to “play the game”.
The royal family wanted to stop ‘Megxit’
In early 2020, Harry and Meghan announced that they were stepping away from their royal duties. In the show, Harry revealed that the royal family knew about the announcement and tried to stop him. The Duke of Sussex revealed: "Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this.’ “And it’s like, ‘Well, how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?’ She [Markle] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that."
Harry was angry at the public’s reaction to Diana’s death
The Duke of Sussex spoke of the surreal experience of losing his mother when he was just 12. He recalled how his grief turned into anger when he saw the public’s reaction. He said: "It was like I was outside of my body and walking along doing what was expected of me. Showing one-tenth of the emotion everyone else was showing". His anger grew as he saw the lack of justice after Diana’s death. He said: “I was so angry with what happened to her and the fact there was no justice. At all. Nothing came from that. The same people who chased her into that tunnel photographed her as she was dying on the back seat of that car."
Why Meghan didn't take her own life
During the Oprah interview in March, the former actress revealed that she had suicidal thoughts in the year before the departure from her royal duties. In the docu-series, Harry revealed that his wife didn’t act on her suicidal thoughts because she wanted to spare him the pain of another loss, following his mother’s death in 1997. He said: "The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now be put in a position of losing another woman in my life, with a baby inside of her, our baby."
Meghan ‘cried in her pillow’ after bullying allegations
In the docuseries, Harry recalled his wife’s reaction to the bullying allegations made against her. In March, Meghan’s former advisors made a bullying complaint against her, as reported by ‘The Times’ newspaper. Harry described the Duchess of Sussex’ “heartbreaking” reaction to the "combined effort of The Firm and the media to smear her." He recalled: "I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying in her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much. “That’s heartbreaking. I held her, we talked, she cried, and she cried and she cried.” Meghan’s team has strongly refuted the allegations.
He said of Charles: “I think we would get on quite well [if we went for a drink together] and I think it’s unfortunate what’s happened to him as well. He seems like a likeable guy and I appreciate the fact that he walked my daughter down the aisle.
Lilibet's name reflects Meg's family too
Upon hearing the words Lilibet Diana, royal fans across the world immediately knew exactly who Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were paying tribute to in naming their daughter - but there IS a nod to Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.Lilibet, the affectionate nickname for The Queen used only by her nearest and dearest and Diana, the late mother of Prince Harry and the People's Princess - the perfect mix of grandmother and great mother - two trailblazing women.
“I could certainly not have asked for a better replacement, although I would have liked to have done it myself. I see them both ghosting their families completely and now they are alone in a huge house where they can probably accommodate 20 people in but it’s just the four of them. I don't think they are going to have relatives over for a barbecue next week or next month. I don't know why.”
During the interview, Thomas accused his daughter - formerly known as Meghan Markle when she was an actress - of treating him worse than an “axe murderer” with her anger about him staging paparazzi photos before the nuptials being over-the-top.
He said: "Of course it hurts, there are axe murderers in prison and their family comes to see them. I’m not an axe murder.
“I made one dumb mistake and I’ve been punished for it. This show they’ve been on, they talk about compassion, there’s no compassion for me, no compassion for my family."
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