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MEGHAN Markle can’t damage the royals like her hero Princess Diana because she’s simply not important enough, an expert has claimed.

Pauline Maclaren, author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture, pointed out several key differences between Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview and Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir.

She told the Mirror: “I don’t think the [Meghan and Harry] interview can be really rated in a similar way to the Diana interview, which really turned the public very much against the royal family here.

“When Diana did her interviews, that was after they had suffered many other things during that period, so that was a sort of culminating scandal or the culmination of a series of scandals, really.

“This time, I think it’s just not quite the same and particularly because Harry and Meghan had already left.”

Another serious difference is their rank, with Diana speaking out while she was Princess of Wales and future Queen, while Meghan is married a junior royal who continues to fall further down the line to the throne.

Meghan is said to have have hero-worshipped Diana as a child, becoming “obsessed” with watching endless reruns of Diana’s fairy tale wedding according to her friend’s mother, Sonia Ardakani.

It comes Piers Morgan claimed Meghan and Harry lied or exaggerated 17 times during their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

The former Good Morning Britain host insisted he was right not to believe the Duchess of Sussex in her Oprah interview, alleging that 17 of her claims in the chat have proved incorrect.

Piers, 56, was booted from his ITV morning show last month after expressing doubts over her bombshell allegations during the Oprah sit-down with Prince Harry.

In the interview Meghan, 39, had claimed that she was denied access to mental health care when she was feeling suicidal because she was told it “wouldn’t look good for the institution”.

She also alleged that racist comments had been made by a senior royal about Archie’s skin colour before his birth.

Now in his own interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last night, Piers demanded Meghan Markle reveal who specifically rejected her pleas for help over her mental health, before she quit as a frontline royal.

He also accused Harry and Meghan of “complete hypocrisy” with the interview and insisted he has the “universal support” of the British public.

In his first TV interview since he departed Good Morning Britain, Morgan told to American news personality he stood by his comments, blasting the couple for the “most extraordinarily disingenuous smear, hit job”.

Read our live blog below for the very latest updates on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry…

  • WILLS THANKS COVID HEROES

    Prince William has called and thanked more than 300 Covid-19 heroes so far this year – which is more than three a day.

    The Duke of Cambridge has spoken to NHS staff and volunteers on 62 the phone and held five video calls with health bosses in regional meetings.

    Many of the one-to-one calls were made to frontline workers, GP surgeries, pharmacies and staff and volunteers dishing out the Covid-19 jabs.

    Calls were also made to non-clinical roles, including portering and domestic services, it has been revealed.

  • BLOW TO HEROES

    Forces charity Help For Heroes has given up its flagship recovery centres in a multi-million pound blow to veterans.

    All four sites, including iconic Tedworth House, where Prince Harry visited in 2014, will only help serving troops under an emergency deal with the MoD.

    The charity vowed to give lifelong support to vets and their families.

    But its income plunged by a third in the pandemic and it was forced to lay off 90 staff.

    Read our full story here.

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • PIERS: I’M NOT A RACIST

    Piers Morgan has dismissed claims his stance on Meghan and Harry is racist.

    “I’m not a racist,” he said.

    “Nothing I’ve ever said about Meghan Markle is either racist or racially motivated.

    “I’ve been very critical of Prince Harry and last time I checked he was white and so I find this narrative deeply offensive.”

  • SHERYL AND SHARON’S FEUD OVER MEG

    Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne have found themselves in a heated discussion after the British personality supported Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle.

    The on-air battle occurred after Sheryl made it clear she did not see eye-to-eye with Sharon.

    It came after Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife defended Piers when he cast doubt on the Duchess of Sussex’s shocking claims on THAT Oprah interview – which included feeling suicidal while pregnant with her first child.

    The co-hosts exchanged furious words before Sharon was left in tears during the heated segment.

  • RCT SHOPS TO OPEN

    As restrictions ease, the Royal Collection Trust shops in London will reopen from Monday.

    Meanwhile the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour at the Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh, will open from April 26.

    Windsor Castle and the exhibition Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, will welcome visitors from May 17.

  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE VISITORS CAN PICNIC IN THE GARDEN THIS SUMMER

    Visitors to Buckingham Palace this summer will be able to picnic in its garden and explore the open space by themselves for the first time, the Royal Collection Trust (RCT) has announced.

    The traditional summer opening of the palace’s state rooms and themed exhibition, which normally welcomes thousands, has been cancelled for a second year due to the effects of the pandemic.

    But self-guided garden tours will be on offer from July to September, giving the paying public the chance to wander through the Queen’s private 39-acre site and discover the wildlife-rich oasis in the heart of London.

  • 6,000 OFCOM COMPLAINTS

    Hundreds more Brits have complained to Ofcom over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Almost 6,000 people have now voiced their objections to the chat in total – despite the interview being screened almost a month ago on March 8.

    Around 600 new complaints have been logged over the course of the past seven days as Piers Morgan blasts Meghan for 17 “untrue, exaggerated or unprovable” slurs against the Royal Family.

    In total, 5,949 viewers have had their say so far.

  • WHAT WE KNOW: MEG & HARRY’S NEW NETFLIX SERIES

    • “Heart Of Invictus” is being produced under the banner of Archewell production, the creative arm of Meghan and Harry’s nonprofit foundation Archewell Organisation
    • Netflix said the series will provide behind-the-scenes stories of athletes and organizers as they prepare for the event, which has been delayed until next Spring due to the pandemic
    • Orlando von Einsiedel will direct the multi-episode series and Joanna Natasegara will be its producer, Netflix said
  • ANGRY DAD

    Piers Morgan has also described the death threats his sons received after the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle row as “disgusting”.

    His boys – Spencer, Stanley and Albert – were targeted by trolls online amid the furore, leaving Piers furious. 

    “The idea my sons had to be targeted by so-called liberals in a way that was threatening to them, abusive to them… is completely disgusting.”

    The TV host had boys Spencer, Stanley and Albert with his first wife Marion Shalloe.

  • PIERS’ COMMENTS DISMISSED

    Piers Morgan’s claim that Royal Family members privately thanked him for calling out Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been dismissed by a royal commentator.

    Royal expert Robert Jobson branded Morgan’s claims “nonsense” in a tweet responding to author Omid Scobie.

    Mr Scobie wrote: “No comment from Buckingham Palace (yet) but this is quite the claim coming from Piers Morgan, who told @extratv that messages communicated ‘on behalf on several members of the Royal Family’ have thanked him for standing up against the Sussexes.”

    To which Mr Jobson replied: “Sounds like nonsense to me.

    “Can’t imagine members of the Royal Family have Piers Morgan on speed-dial.”

  • A THIRD OF BRITS DON’T THINK OPRAH CHAT WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT MONARCHY

    The poll also reveals that 31 per cent of Brits think the Oprah chat has made no difference to the reputation of the monarchy.

    Meanwhile, nine per cent believe they improved the reputation.

    Baby boomer viewers were far more likely to believe the repercussions of the interview are severe.

    Nearly two-thirds of older viewers think the couple have caused damage, compared to fewer than four in 10 millennials.

  • POLL – BRITS THINK MEG & HARRY SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF ROYAL TITLES

    Most Brits believe Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should be stripped of their royal titles after their bombshell Oprah interview.

    A new poll has found the chat – which aired almost a month ago – divided the public, with 58 per cent believing they shouldn’t be allowed to use the titles.

    Pollsters from Deltapoll gathered opinions three weeks after the tell-all interview aired.

    And just 28 per cent of us believe the royal couple should be allowed to continue on as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

  • ARISE SIR PIERS?

    Piers Morgan could soon become a knight of the realm according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

    The bookies can report an influx of bets on the outspoken TV presenter being knighted in the next five years at 4/1.

    However, there’s shorter odds on offer at just 6/4 the recently out-of-work Morgan is snapped up by GB News.

    Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Money talks, and punter certainly aren’t averse to the idea of Sir Piers. He may be a marmite character, but if his revelations are true and Royals have thanked him for his support over Megxit, then a knighthood isn’t out of the realms of possibility.”

  • MEG’S BEST PAL EXPECTING BABY GIRL

    Meghan Markle’s best pal has revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

    Misha Nonoo, a British-Iranian fashion designer, posted a snap of her baby bump on Instagram.

    She is rumoured to have introduced Meghan and Harry many years ago.

    In the caption, she wrote: “My journey into motherhood has been one of the most rewarding and beautiful experiences of my life.”

  • ‘CANCEL CULTURE MOB’

    Piers told Fox News host Tucker Carlson a “woke cancel culture mob” drove him out of his morning job with ITV.

    “It’s a real thing,” he said of cancel culture. “This woke mob wants to cancel people who do not follow the narrative.

    “And it’s gotten increasingly dangerous.”

  • PIERS CLAIMS MEG ‘PUT PRESSURE ON GMB BOSSES’ TO TAKE ACTION

    Morgan claims that Meghan Markle “put huge pressure” on Good Morning Britain bosses to take action against him before he quit.

    Meghan raised concerns with ITV’s CEO after Piers said he didn’t believe she had suffered suicidal thoughts following her sensation interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Piers told Extra’s Billy Bush: “It was certainly a very interesting revelation from where I sit, because clearly she was trying to put huge pressure on my bosses to take action against me.”

  • MEG & HARRY’S NETFLIX PROJECT REVEALED

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first Netflix series has been revealed as an Invictus Games documentary. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a £112m deal with the production company last year after quitting the Royal Family.

    Prince Harry, who will appear on camera and be an executive producer for the documentary, today gushed over the series, saying he couldn’t wait for the series to reveal the “mosaic of resilience”. 

    In a statement, he said he “couldn’t be more excited” for the series, which will “give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year.”

  • MEG’S HAIRSTYLIST SAYS SHE WAS ‘FUN’ TO WORK WITH

    Meghan Markle’s hairstylist during her time as a Royal has said she was “fun” to work with.

    George Northwood, who has a salon in Fitzrovia, wrote on social media: “It has been an enormous privilege and a lot of fun working with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the past two years.

    “I have enjoyed every minute collaborating with this amazing couple who not only champion small businesses but have taught me so much about diversity, equality and the importance of good mental health.”

  • COTTAGE SIZE ‘LED TO FRICTION’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent a short time living in Nottingham Cottage in the gated grounds of Kensington Palace.

    But an expert has claimed that the size of the cottage “led to friction” between the Sussexes and other Royals.

    Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary, ‘Meghan & Harry: Two Troubled Years’, royal author Tom Quinn said: “Nottingham Cottage is in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and it’s quite small.

    “It’s tiny compared to the enormous double apartment that Kate and William have.

    “Inevitably that led to friction. In Meghan’s world, if you’re determined enough, you can get to the top.”

  • HARRY & MEG WEDDING FIGURINES SLASHED IN PRICE

    Doulton is offloading a Harry and Meghan wedding figurine at a knock-down price.

    The world famous ceramics maker was charging £195 for the limited edition design.

    It made 1,000 of the figurines to mark the couple’s marriage in 2018 but they failed to sell and are now priced at £146.

    Read our exclusive story here.

  • BRITS WANT QUEEN TO REMAIN

    The poll also revealed more than 40 per cent of Brits think the Queen should remain in her position until she dies.

    That’s compared to 27 per cent who believe the Queen – longest-reigning English monarch in history, who turns 95 this month – should abdicate, but only if she is in ill health.

    Some 47 per cent would then rather seen Prince William, 38, take over, rather than the 72-year-old Prince of Wales who is next in line – despite a huge PR drive by the Palace to over the past two decades to restore his public image after his divorce from Princess Diana.

  • BRITS WANT WILL TO BE KING – POLL

    Brits want the crown to skip Prince Charles and instead go straight to Prince William when the Queen’s reign comes to an end, a new poll has revealed.

    Almost half of the public want The Duke of Cambridge to be the next monarch, with his father’s share of the vote paling by comparison at just 27 per cent.

    Those aged between 18 and 24, however, were more keen to see Prince Harry become King next – despite him being sixth in line for the throne.

    But some 18 per cent of people said Britain should no longer have a monarchy, reports the Mirror based on a survey Deltapoll undertook by interviewing 1,590 adults between March 31 and April 1.

  • ‘DIFFICULT QUESTIONS’

    Asked what he would say to Meghan if he had the chance, Piers told Extra’s Billy Bush he would like to ask some “difficult questions” during an interview.

    He said: “I would say to Meghan Markle, ‘Look… sit down with me with your husband for an equally long interview… and let me ask you more difficult questions about all your claims.

    “But let me ask you a wider question, which is this: If you hate the royal family that much, why do you keep your royal titles?

    “Why would you do that if it’s just not to make millions and millions of dollars?”

  • ‘THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO CANCEL ME’

    Piers Morgan has hit out at critics for attempting to “cancel” him for criticising Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    The former GMB host said: “There’s been an attempt to cancel me.

    “There’ve been many attempts like this before, and somehow I remain resolutely uncancelled.

    “In the end, I was required to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle, who I don’t believe – and I believe, which is ironic, that you should not believe somebody if you don’t want to.”

  • ‘CAN’T COMPARE’

    Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey cannot be compared to Princess Diana’s with Martin Bashir, a royal expert has claimed.

    Pauline Maclaren, author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture, told the Mirror: “I don’t think the [Meghan and Harry] interview can be really rated in a similar way to the Diana interview, which really turned the public very much against the royal family here.

    “When Diana did her interviews, that was after they had suffered many other things during that period, so that was a sort of culminating scandal or the culmination of a series of scandals, really.

    “This time, I think it’s just not quite the same and particularly because Harry and Meghan had already left.”



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