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An appearance by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Queen’s Jubilee could be “essential” for helping the Royal Family to move on from the alleged fall-out with the couple since the Oprah Winfrey interview, Omid Scobie has claimed.
This week marked the anniversary of Meghan and Harry’s infamous interview with US chat show host Oprah, where a number of accusations were levelled against the royals, including that an unnamed member had made comments about Archie’s skin colour.
Since then, Harry and Meghan have had limited public contact with their family, and have not yet returned together for the Queen to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet.
However, with the Queen’s Jubilee festivities planned for the summer, there has been speculation over whether the ex-royals will make a visit to the UK.
And, speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, royal biographer Omid Scobie – who authored the controversial book Finding Freedom – has claimed it could be an important opportunity for the Royal Family to move on.
The podcast’s host Roberta Fiorito suggested that Meghan and Harry’s attendance would be “good PR” for the Queen after the fall-out from the Oprah Winfrey interview and the scandal involving Prince Andrew.
In response, Omid noted: “Those that support the royals tend to not be big supporters of the Susexes, so seeing the Sussexes alongside members of the Royal Family isn’t going to do anything to help Harry and Meghan, that’s for sure.”
“But I think in terms of the Royal Family on the world stage, for them to be seen side-by-side with Sussexes and seemingly moving on from things, it’s essential really to move on from those unanswered moments that were brought up during the Oprah interview.”
However, the royal author suggested that, given their allegedly fractious relationship with the royals, Harry and Meghan may not be inclined to offer the opportunity for reconciliation.
“Behind the scenes nothing has changed,” he added. “Nothing has been resolved or remedied, the big conversations regarding the race issue never actually happened. The wild bullying allegations against Meghan have disappeared into the background…”
“So that feeling of hurt and resentment that we see from the Sussexes, I don’t think probably completely disappeared because there’s been that lack of accountability taken.”
Ultimately, though, Omid suggested that whether the Duke and Duchess return may come down to whether Harry’s ongoing court case against the Home Office is resolved by the festivities in June.
The prince launched a lawsuit challenging the Home Office decision to not allow him to pay for police security, alleging via his lawyers that he did not feel safe returning to the UK with his family.
“Whether we actually get to see the couple really is down to the security issues,” Omid continued.
“I think that’s a real shame if it doesn’t happen, because I think sometimes all it takes is those sort of picture moments where you can see the couple coexisting alongside the rest of the family for others to sort of move on from this story of a fractious relationship that has existed for so long.”
“But now it’s down to logistic problems and I don’t know if we’ll beat them in time.”
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- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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