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Entertainment Queen's decision backfires as monarch 'provides perfect platform' for Harry and Meghan

19:06  24 february  2021
19:06  24 february  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have the "perfect backdrop in which to launch themselves" following the announcement that they will return their remaining patronages and honours, a royal commentator has claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to the Queen that they will not be resuming their roles as senior working royals. Royal commentator Peter Hunt spoke to LBC about why this decision was going to backfire on the monarchy.

Host Eddie Mair asked: "Maybe the Queen and the Palace simply thought you can't be a working member of the Royal Family and go on Oprah?"

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Mr Hunt responded: "I think that's very much their thinking and where they came from.

"But, of course, in taking this action they've provided the perfect platform for Harry and Meghan on Oprah.

"So Harry and Meghan now have the perfect backdrop in which to launch themselves on that interview."

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He continued: "One assumes they will talk about what they would have liked to happen, what they have failed to achieve and what their future will now be.

"The view of the Palace very concretely and very hard is that you can't have your cake and eat it.

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"Clearly Harry and Meghan would have quite liked to nibble at the cake, and they're not being allowed to.

"But what this means is that the Palace and the institution of the monarchy have lost something."

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The commentator added: "The institution is the poorer for it, and it's not obvious how they will recapture it.

"They had a woman who identified as biracial, as dual heritage. They had a couple who reached parts of the United Kingdom, and they are now gone.

"What is left is a sort of white, a lot male and, in the eyes of some of their critics, quite stale institution."

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US television network CBS announced that the Sussexes will be sitting down with chat show legend Oprah Winfrey.

The interview will cover everything "from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure".

The Duchess will speak to Ms Winfrey first before they are joined later by Harry.

The interview is being described as "wide-ranging".

It will be broadcast on March 7.

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