Meghan Markle: Commentators clash on BBC Breakfast
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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, lifted the lid on their time as senior royals and made a string of damning claims against the royal household in a sitdown interview with US chatshow host Oprah Winfrey. As well as sharing sensational details about the short stint as working members of the Firm, a language expert has claimed the Sussexes hoped to appeal to their fanbase and that Harry comes across like a “teenage rebel” when speaking about his father Prince Charles, 72. Language expert Judi James analysed some of the interview’s biggest moments for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
Meghan ‘panders to Sussex fans’
According to Judi, Meghan uses “clever” language she knows will appeal to her fanbase and works to quash the idea that she was “seeking a life of grandeur in the Royal Family.”
In response to Meghan saying: “I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess.
“I’ve always just been Meghan though, right?”
Judi said: “This is a cute, cleverly-worded but succinct phrase that manages to get several important messages across.
“It works to quash thoughts that Meghan might have been seeking a life of grandeur in the Royal Family but it also, importantly, is designed as a verbal tie-sign to her fans and public.
“It reminds them how ‘normal’ she is, having worked as a waitress, but it is also a reminder of the status heights she achieved too, and how incredible that jump has been in terms of her life story.
“But it also ends on a very down-to-earth ‘right?’, letting everyone know that she is still the unassuming girl she was before all the changes happened.
“The one-word question at the end sounds rhetorical but it appears to ask for an affirmation from Oprah and Meghan’s audience.”
Kate ‘made me cry’
Addressing Meghan’s claim that it was Kate who reduced her to tears in the lead up to the royal wedding and not the other way round, Judi claimed the Duchess seems to lump blame on the royal household for not backing her.
In response to Meghan saying “Everyone in the institution knew that didn’t happen”, Judi said: “Again, it’s the brevity but the impact of this statement that creates its power.
“The word ‘Institution’ sounds very cold in this context and the use of ‘everyone’ is specific in terms of scope but non-specific in terms of actual names.
“It is heavy with implication and suggests a concerted effort to destroy Meghan’s character that would be breath-taking.”
Prince Charles ‘stopped taking Harry’s calls’
While Prince Harry only joins the interview at the end he too reveals some damning details about the Royal Family, claiming his father Prince Charles, 72, ignored his calls after Megxit.
In response to Harry saying: ‘…he stopped taking my calls’, Judi said: “These five words are a jaw-dropper for several reasons.
“Firstly it turns the rift focus onto Charles rather than William and it sounds so puzzling for a father to refuse to even keep in conversation with his son during a time of crisis.”
Judi added: “It’s the sort of thing a rebellious teenager might do to their parent rather than the other way round.”
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Prince Harry on ‘feeling let down’
According to Judi, Harry’s claim her felt “really let down” by his father echoes the “rebellious teenager” vibe of his previous comment on Charles not taking his calls.
In response to Harry saying: “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like…”
Judi said: “Harry’s body language and words suggested bewilderment and distress at this memory.
“After talking about his worries of ‘history repeating itself and how that was apparently becoming true for him and Meghan these words do seem to suggest naivete from Harry.
“He rightly wants people to learn from what has gone wrong and seems to have sought empathy and help from Charles but his logical and rather optimistic expectations appear to have been dashed.”
‘I was trapped’
Asked about whether Prince Harry would have ditched royal life had it not been for Meghan the Prince responded: “ …I myself was trapped as well. I didn’t see a way out.
“You know I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped. I was trapped within the system like the rest of my family are.
“My father, my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
Judi responded: “The word ‘trapped’ is repeated five times, suggesting the importance of this word for Harry in terms of working out the complications of the experience he has been through.
“It also implies freedom now for Harry and he appears to have used distance and a change of lifestyle to now look back at his family in the UK with what sounds like pity and, as he says, ‘compassion’ rather than anger.”
Watch the full Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah on ITV on Monday at 9pm or on the ITV hub.
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