Who could forget that Princess Diana interview, in which she sat down for a Panorama special and sensationally lifted the lid on her troubled life as a member of the royal family? In 55 minutes, she rocked the monarchy to its core, with revelations about her and Prince Charles’ extra-marital affairs, her own mental health battles, and her feelings of alienation from within the “establishment”.
So, needless to say, Meghan Markle’s comments about her time as a member of “the institution” have sent shockwaves straight to Buckingham Palace. After all, the royals weathered the storm once, but there’s no knowing what Meghan could say if she decided to emulate her late mother-in-law and sit down for a tell-all chat.
But insiders claim Meghan’s got other ideas. Instead of giving “one big, definitive interview on TV”, we’re told she’s going slow and steady, taking her time to address “all the untruths and misconceptions about her, while avoiding drawing too many parallels to Diana. And if she drops a few digs at the royal family in the process, then so be it.”
“Meghan knows it would be playing into her critics’ hands if she gave a blockbuster sit-down interview,” says an insider close to the Duchess of Sussex, who’s spent the past year making what some people believe to be thinly-veiled digs at the royal family.
Earlier this month, she said “the institution” had run her and Prince Harry’s Instagram account – echoing court documents filed by her lawyers in July, in which they claimed she’d been “unprotected by the institution and prohibited from defending herself” while pregnant with son Archie.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
The source adds, “She wants to limit the hysteria surrounding her and Harry, and she’s also keen to draw people’s attention towards the positive things they’re doing. But that’s not to say she doesn’t want to address all the untruths and misconceptions about herself. She just wants to do it in a more dignified, strategic way, which means staggering out her messages at the right time, and on the right platform.”
Despite leaving the UK to pursue a more private life earlier this year, Harry and Meghan have kept their heads well above the parapet, taking part in a number of Zoom chats and interviews. Last week, they posed for a new photo, in which Meghan wore a Cartier watch and an Aquamarine ring that had belonged to Princess Diana – causing some to speculate she was sending a message that, just like her mother-in-law, she wouldn’t keep quiet. They then took part in an online talk on the dangers of social media, with Meghan claiming she’d quit her accounts as the “bad voices” had been “so loud and damaging”.
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According to our source, she still believes that she and Harry have been treated unfairly by the royals and the British press – sentiments that haven’t changed since she told ITV’s Tom Bradby last year that she was unhappy with the status quo and argued, “It’s not enough to just survive something… you’ve got to thrive.” Since then, we’re told, she’s been consciously drip-feeding her true feelings about everything and, since moving back to the US, she feels more empowered than ever.
“Meghan feels a lot more in control in her own country,” says our source. “When she steps forward to make a speech or promote a project, she won’t think twice about slipping in her own stories or anecdotes to fit the topic. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best way to finally set things straight, slowly but surely.”
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