The world is still reeling from the claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. Now, a British parliamentarian is speaking out to warn that the claims made by Meghan may bring about the end of the British monarchy “as we know it.”
Former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, the first black member of Parliament, told Vanity Fair that the monarchy “as we know it will last as long as the queen is alive” because of Meghan’s claims of racism and mistreatment from within the royal family.
Abbott went on to say that after the Queen dies, “I think there will be a big public debate … and I think what the royal family and their advisers did with Meghan will be part of the argument for change.”
Abbott then predicted that a debate could even get to the parliament floor, with a “clamor to look at the current arrangement and maybe move to a more Scandinavian monarchy, where you don’t have all the pomp and ceremony.”
Meanwhile, royal expert Anna Pasternak believes that the claims made by Meghan may stop Prince Charles from ever becoming king.
“I’m not 100 percent sure that we will see Charles ascend to the throne,” Pasternak said. “The Sussexes have sparked something so fundamentally incendiary in this country that it is changing the face of Britain, and I think the monarchy as an archaic institution may well topple.”
Pasternak also questioned whether Meghan will ever even go to the United Kingdom again, saying, “both sides are like wounded animals.”
“Harry said there’s been an awful lot of hurt. Well, there’s been an awful lot of hurt now on the side of the Windsors from this interview,” she added.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan claimed that she was hit with racism from within the royal family, claiming that an unnamed senior royal questioned how dark her then-unborn son Archie’s skin would be. Harry refused to name this family member, only saying that it was neither Queen Elizabeth nor Prince Philip. Meghan also claimed that she felt so isolated as a royal that she considered committing suicide at one point during her pregnancy.
The Queen responded in a brief statement released through Buckingham Palace.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the royal statement read, according to Fox News. “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.”