After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s much-publicised sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, the world has been waiting for a response from Buckingham Palace. Two days after Oprah With Meghan & Harry aired on American network CBS, a statement has been issued on behalf of the Queen.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” reads the message from Her Majesty. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
While the couple spoke about the deterioration of their relationships with other members of the royal family – including Harry’s sadness at being “let down” by Prince Charles – the broadcast shone a largely positive light on the Queen. “There’s the family, and then there’s the people that are running the institution. Those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that, because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me,” Meghan told Oprah. Harry also denied that he had blindsided the Queen by publicising the Sussex’s intentions of stepping down as senior royals. “I would never blindside my grandmother, I have too much respect for her,” he told Winfrey.
Since the tell-all documentary with the TV legend, a new photograph of Meghan, Harry and Archie has been published by friend and photographer Misan Harriman. It shows the family, who will be joined by a little girl in the summer, enjoying the “peaceful” existence they have carved out in Montecito. “I think just being able to live authentically has been the most important thing,” said Meghan of their new chapter.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk