‘The Worst Royal Crisis in 85 Years’, wrote one national newspaper on its front page this week. ‘A Palace ‘reeling’ said another, after ‘toxic accusations’ and ‘incendiary racism allegations’.
The build-up and reaction to the Oprah Winfrey interview of the Sussexes has played out like a television drama, which is somewhat ironic given the medium through which they chose to air their grievances. Thus far, the Palace has, as is traditional for them, held its own counsel, perhaps hoping that a dignified silence will damp down media comment and popular speculation about the impact of the interview.
Even before this interview, 2021 has, for the members of the Royal Family, been a sad and worrying time. The health of Prince Philip continues to cause concern – who wouldn’t worry over a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather just short of his 100th birthday, hospitalised and with no firm date for his return home?
And now, against that backdrop, we have a media frenzy over these new details of how the Sussexes went through their traumatic times before ‘Megxit’.
One has to take seriously Meghan’s revelation about her pregnancy misery. Some women find it a happy experience; others find it a challenge to their mental wellbeing. Sadly, it seems, the Duchess fell into that latter category. She deserves sympathy and respect for speaking out, on what was International Women’s Day in the UK.