Earlier this week, we reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had announced that they would be giving a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that is set to air on March 7. Now, Meghan and Harry are being criticized by a royal expert over reports that they did not notify Queen Elizabeth and the royal family about this interview in advance.
While royal editor Russell Myers admitted that Meghan and Harry were under no obligation to tell the royals about their plans, he said it would have been the right thing to do.
“If you’re going to set off a nuclear bomb like this, doing a huge interview which will no doubt garner attention across global networks, the decent thing to do would be to tell the Queen, tell your granny you’re going to do it,” Myers said, according to Daily Mail.
He added that the royal family will likely be “horrified” by what the couple is doing, saying that it is a “funny change of tact” for a couple who have “complained about privacy and intense media scrutiny” for years.
“We know they have gone alone and set this path for themselves, the very fact is they are separate from the royal family now,” Myers explained. “Palace aides were saying look they didn’t need to tell us if they didn’t want to but one would think there is common courtesy.”
After Oprah’s close friend Gayle King said that nothing would be off limits in the interview, Myers predicted that it would have “disastrous consequences” for the royal family.
“History is there to be seen,” said Myers, “Whenever royals do these big tell-all interviews, they have disastrous consequences. Look at Prince Andrew recently, further back in the 90s with Diana and Charles, we’re still talking about them now.”
“It’s been reported this week that they only met Oprah once before their wedding, so the fact she’s a trusted friend, I think, is on shaky ground,” he continued. “It’s absolutely horrifying news, I would say, for the royal family. The fact Gail King is training Oprah’s big interview so strongly, saying they really wanted to get it, and it will absolutely explosive indeed.”
“The very fact Oprah has been given carte blanche to ask anything, will be making the royal family very, very nervous indeed,” Myers concluded.