Harry and Meghan opted not to reveal royal who made racist remarks about Archie

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were on the brink of exposing the royal they claim made racist remarks before their son Archie’s birth — before deeming the detail too “damaging.”

In an updated edition of the biography “Finding Freedom” seen by Page Six, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand allege that the couple considered “sharing this detail” in their sensational TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Markle, however, shut the idea down, and allegedly told Winfrey: “I think it would be very damaging to them.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the claims that the unnamed royal asked “how dark” their unborn child would be. Markle made the initial revelation, with Winfrey following up by asking Harry if he would name the royal.

“That conversation I’m never going to share, but at the time, it was awkward; I was a bit shocked,” Harry replied.

He did say, though, that the royal was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.

Scobie and Durand said the unaddressed race allegations have threatened the royal family’s reputation around the globe, with a Buckingham Palace staffer telling them:

“There is a feeling that if it’s ignored it will go away, but surely by now they should have learned that never happens?”

Markle is said to have found the interview — in which she claimed to have been left suicidal at life behind Palace walls — “cathartic” and “liberating.” The Queen did not watch it, the book states.

The updated edition is due to be published next week and also alleges that members of the Royal Family were “quietly pleased” that the Duchess of Sussex missed Prince Philip’s funeral in April because they feared she would “create a spectacle” if she turned up.

While Harry and William have been in regular contact, Harry and his father Charles were only on “light speaking terms” at Prince Philip’s funeral, the book claims.

It adds that although emotions within the Royal Family are still “raw” over the Oprah interview, a source close to the couple allegedly said “it will force people to talk in order for the healing to begin,” although the source admitted that “it will take time to get past the hurt.”

“There has to be some acknowledgment of understanding about what the Sussexes went through in order for there to be progress,” the source added.

However, another royal family source said:  “Where we are today versus where we were six months ago, versus where we were twelve months ago … there is actually progress. There are efforts on all sides.” Speaking after Harry’s visit to the UK for the funeral, a friend of his said: “While there’s so much work to be done, this visit has broken the ice … pushed a closed door slightly ajar.”

At least two further conversations took place between the brothers during Harry’s eight-day trip, according to sources. 

This made for easier communication between the pair as they continue to plan another tribute to their mother, Princess Diana.

“Both brothers are deeply devoted to carrying on their mother’s legacy and no amount of hurt feelings would ever get in the way of that,” said Harry’s friend. “It is an absolute priority and even amidst this other stuff, they simply wouldn’t proceed without one another together.” 

Harry also tried to be there for his father, Prince Charles, at the funeral, as a source said: “Though there were many unresolved issues, Harry wanted nothing more than to make sure Prince Charles felt supported in his time of need. However brief their conversations, they were steps forward in a necessary healing process for the pair.”

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Royal family was 'pleased' Meghan Markle didn't attend Prince Philip's funeral

Page Six 25 August, 2021 - 10:20pm

Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and the messy breakup of his marriage to Princess Diana led to a 40 point plunge in polling about whether he would make a good king, according to Ipsos Mori data.

Queen Elizabeth II's firstborn son and heir had the support of 82 percent of Britons in 1991 but by 1996 was down to 41 percent.

The figures are similar but less severe than the more recent decline in British popularity of Prince Harry and Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex has dropped 50 points in his U.K. approval rating compared to the 81 percent he enjoyed when his engagement to Meghan Markle was announced in November 2017.

The decline appeared to begin in January 2020 after Harry and Meghan quit royal duties. It continued through their Oprah Winfrey interview, reaching an all time low of 31 percent for the duke in the second quarter of this year.

Meghan's fall in British popularity has been less sharp, because she ranked lower to begin with, but it has taken her to a similar position, from 55 percent in October 2019 to 32 percent now.

The data comes from rolling YouGov surveys that measure approval ratings for members of the royal family in an ongoing way and the latest set is based on representative interview with 1,489 respondents.

The plunge is so deep it takes them beyond the drop experienced by Prince Charles in the aftermath of the breakdown in his relationship with Princess Diana.

The next-in-line to the throne had been riding in the opinion polls, just like Harry, with Ipsos Mori data suggesting 82 percent of Britain felt he would make a good king in 1991 compared to 5 percent who did not.

However, in 1992 an incendiary book by biographer Andrew Morton, written with Diana's secret support, exposed his affair with Camilla, who is now his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

After the publication of Diana: Her True Story, marital problems that had been stifled for years were played out in the British press before Prince Charles eventually admitted cheating in a BBC interview in 1994.

By February 1996, the year their divorce was finalised, Prince Charles had crashed by 41 points, according to Ipsos Mori data.

The polling agency found that 41 percent felt he would make a good king compared to 40 percent who did not.

By July 1997, Prince Charles was back up to 53 percent before dropping again after Princess Diana's death on August 31, 1997.

A September poll that year recorded 42 percent who thought he would make a good king compared to 34 percent who did not.

Another Ipsos Mori poll in August 1997, before Diana's death, approached the question slightly differently.

Asked whether they were satisfied with the job Charles was doing, 42 percent said "yes" and 46 percent said "no."

While the picture appeared bleak at the time, Newsweek has not been able to find polling from the era in which his support was as low as Harry and Meghan's now, on 31 and 32 percent.

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Daily Mail 25 August, 2021 - 10:20pm

Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and the messy breakup of his marriage to Princess Diana led to a 40 point plunge in polling about whether he would make a good king, according to Ipsos Mori data.

Queen Elizabeth II's firstborn son and heir had the support of 82 percent of Britons in 1991 but by 1996 was down to 41 percent.

The figures are similar but less severe than the more recent decline in British popularity of Prince Harry and Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex has dropped 50 points in his U.K. approval rating compared to the 81 percent he enjoyed when his engagement to Meghan Markle was announced in November 2017.

The decline appeared to begin in January 2020 after Harry and Meghan quit royal duties. It continued through their Oprah Winfrey interview, reaching an all time low of 31 percent for the duke in the second quarter of this year.

Meghan's fall in British popularity has been less sharp, because she ranked lower to begin with, but it has taken her to a similar position, from 55 percent in October 2019 to 32 percent now.

The data comes from rolling YouGov surveys that measure approval ratings for members of the royal family in an ongoing way and the latest set is based on representative interview with 1,489 respondents.

The plunge is so deep it takes them beyond the drop experienced by Prince Charles in the aftermath of the breakdown in his relationship with Princess Diana.

The next-in-line to the throne had been riding in the opinion polls, just like Harry, with Ipsos Mori data suggesting 82 percent of Britain felt he would make a good king in 1991 compared to 5 percent who did not.

However, in 1992 an incendiary book by biographer Andrew Morton, written with Diana's secret support, exposed his affair with Camilla, who is now his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

After the publication of Diana: Her True Story, marital problems that had been stifled for years were played out in the British press before Prince Charles eventually admitted cheating in a BBC interview in 1994.

By February 1996, the year their divorce was finalised, Prince Charles had crashed by 41 points, according to Ipsos Mori data.

The polling agency found that 41 percent felt he would make a good king compared to 40 percent who did not.

By July 1997, Prince Charles was back up to 53 percent before dropping again after Princess Diana's death on August 31, 1997.

A September poll that year recorded 42 percent who thought he would make a good king compared to 34 percent who did not.

Another Ipsos Mori poll in August 1997, before Diana's death, approached the question slightly differently.

Asked whether they were satisfied with the job Charles was doing, 42 percent said "yes" and 46 percent said "no."

While the picture appeared bleak at the time, Newsweek has not been able to find polling from the era in which his support was as low as Harry and Meghan's now, on 31 and 32 percent.

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