The Royal Family could respond to the allegations levelled against them by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “in some small ways”, royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti suggested. The King and senior members of the family have stayed silent despite bombshell claims made by the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since stepping down in March 2020. Mr Sacerdoti noted the Queen and Prince William both set a precedent following the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey – and suggested the Firm could revert to a similar approach moving forward.
He said: “The Royal Family came out of this, if you took it at face value, as heartless and cold towards them, and placing the importance of the massive historic symbolism of the family ahead of the personal relations with them which is probably what we all knew happens, that’s what the Royal Family is.
“The Royal Family will probably have to respond in some small ways to individual bits like Prince William did back when he said it’s very much ‘not a racist family’.
“And the late Queen issued a brief statement after that big interview.
“They may have something similar or they may just try to carry on going to wait for the next grenade to be lobbed their way from Montecito and just put up with it as long as they possibly can with the hope that maybe people’s interest will wane.”
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However, marketing strategist Edward Coram James told Express.co.uk not to expect a response from the Royal Family.
He insisted speaking out would “provide oxygen” to the claims and risk “giving validity” to the allegations Meghan and Harry have levelled against them over the past two years.
Mr Coram James said: “If I were in the employment of the Royal Family I would say, ‘keep doing what you’re doing’.
“The allegations weren’t as nearly as explosive as they might otherwise have been. Also, they’re allegations devoid of any evidence and it’s just, ‘he said, she said’.”
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The Royal Family has widely maintained the approach of “never complain, never explain” the late Queen used throughout her reign.
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, the Palace released a short statement saying “recollections may vary” in response to claims of aides failing to support them and an unnamed member of the family asking about their son Archie’s skin colour before his birth.
The statement read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“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.
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“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Prince William also briefly addressed the claims when asked whether he had spoken with his brother after the release of the programme, saying “we are very much not a racist family”.
In their Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex accused his brother’s communication team of “trading” stories about him and his wife with the press in order to keep negative stories about Prince William and his household out of print.
He also warned the institution had lost a “major opportunity” in failing to make Meghan feel welcome and exploiting her skill and communication background to promote the work of the Royal Family.