Meghan and Harry interview has 'spread unease' says Lumley
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Joanna Lumley, 74, told Jeremy Vine on Channel 5 today she felt “terribly sorry” about the situation, following the Sussexes’ landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a series of bombshell claims, including addressing reports of a feud between them and other members of the Royal Family.
Meghan claimed issues with her mental health were ignored by palace officials, while she also said that a member of the family raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be.
Joanna commented: “It did seem to me a bit one-sided, because everybody knows that the Royal Family can’t really answer back.
“So I was anxious not to watch it actually.
“I didn’t want to watch the programme and didn’t watch the interview programme, but you can’t avoid it because everybody’s talking about it.”
She added: “I feel terribly sorry about the whole thing.
“I’m so sorry for that family who we all love so much.”
Joanna said the interview has “spread a bit of unease and unhappiness just when we should be spreading unity and positivism and lots of love”.
“First the country, now the world is on fire thinking that this racism has gone on,” she said.
“I don’t really want to talk about it because I know that so many people have got so many opinions and we are all working on half truths and ideas and feelings, and I don’t think that’s really the way to have quite a serious debate about this serious subject.”
A statement from Buckingham Palace has previously said the Royal Family is taking the allegations of racism “very seriously” despite “some recollections” among royals varying.
After the allegations of racism and Archie being denied a title were made by Meghan, many celebrities also weighed in with their opinion on Twitter.
Piers Morgan typed: “This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family.
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“I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful. #OprahMeghanHarry.”
Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp typed: “In 1961 the only sister of The Queen had a son, David, when born he was 5th in line to the throne, he’s not a Prince. Almost 60 years later, when the Royal Family is trying to downsize & modernise, it seems unlikely that the 7th in line would be a Prince, but maybe it’s racism.”
However, Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse was one of many stars who wrote in favour of the couple, and was left furious after Thomas Markle dismissed the couple’s claims of palace racism.
She tweeted: “Imagine the emotional abuse and blackmail from your own Father, and to see so many confirm this behaviour!!!
“I know so many black women who are silent because they are afraid seeing all this play out I understand completely,” she added.
Opening up on claims of bullying against Meghan prior to her interview with Oprah airing, activist Jameela Jamil called the royals “terrified”.
She said: “IF THIS IS WHAT THE ROYAL FAMILY IS COMFORTABLE DOING TO A HEAVILY PREGNANT WOMAN PUBLICLY…. can we even IMAGINE what they put her through privately?
“They seem terrified. Her interview hasn’t even aired yet. What are they covering up? The stench of their desperation is rotten.”
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