Meghan Markle and Prince Harry allegedly want an apology from ‘The Firm’ after a Netflix docuseries – but a royal expert insists the royals are ‘not playing that game’.
The UK’s Sunday Times recently reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seeking to hold a “royal summit” with family members to address concerns expressed in “Harry and Meghan”. The newspaper claimed that the Duchess, in particular, wanted an “apology” from the family. Neither the Archewell Foundation nor Kensington Palace immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
“If all they wanted was an apology, they could have gotten it over Zoom two years ago,” royal expert Shannon Felton-Spence told Fox News Digital on Monday. “They wanted to use the situation to the fullest extent to start their new life… I don’t think the summit will take place, [but] What exactly will change? no thing. And the royal family has made that clear.”
According to multiple reports, the royal family is allegedly “baffled” by the couple’s “demands” to apologize after their controversial series. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to be waiting for an apology before they consider attending King Charles III’s coronation next year. Britain’s Daily Mail claimed that the royals are “confused” by the couple’s request and that they “refuse to respond” until they admit their wrongdoing.
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“There is blame to be shared here,” Spence admitted. “Reputation has been damaged all around. There was no ‘top’ during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral [in September]. They learned that the Netflix doc file and [Harry’s] The book was coming out and there was no way out of it. I’m afraid it will be too late once we see what’s in the book, which is said to be very uninteresting [Camilla] the Queen “.
“The royal family has made it clear that they are not playing this game,” Spence continued. when they didn’t respond [to the docuseries] We’ve seen exactly what their strategy is – flying over the drama. Harry and Meghan will get their hands on it… in the near future, perhaps with the book.”
The Sunday Times reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly “want their apologies” after Prince William’s godmother, Dame Susan Hassey, met charity chief Ngozi Fulani and personally offered her “sincere apologies” for her persistent racist comments. According to the palace, the meeting at Buckingham Palace was “full of warmth and understanding”.
The 83-year-old, who had long been in waiting for the late queen, quit her job as a palace aide after repeatedly asking Fulani where she “really” came from. The palace revealed that the Fulani “accepted” the apology and “assessed that there was no malice intent”. The statement was issued on behalf of the women, and condemned the “appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere” directed at the Fulani. She added that it was a “very painful period” for both parties.
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The palace indicated that the 74-year-old king and the royal family were pleased with the “welcome result”.
OK! said Katie Nicholl, Vanity Fair royal correspondent. magazine that it is unlikely that the royal family will make the first move in apologizing to the Sussexes.
“What needs to happen is an acknowledgment that there are wrongs on both sides and once that acknowledgment has taken place, that may pave the way for reconciliation,” the royal author explained. “But Charles knows that a divided monarchy is not the monarchy the world wants to see.”
And she continued, “Harry knows very well that William will not take revenge.” “I think the Palace’s attitude of never complaining, never explaining in this case is absolutely the right strategy because if they get stuck, they’ll just fuel the narrative and allow the story to run more oxygen. I think by saying anything, it’s a respectful attitude.”
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A senior palace source told The Times that if the couple wanted to contact the king, “they would know where he lives.” The outlet reported that the Sussexes believe there is a “double standard” within the family after a manic meeting with Fulani.
“Nothing like this ever happened when Harry and Meghan raised various concerns – no meeting, formal apology, taking responsibility or accountability,” a source told the newspaper. “It’s hard to swallow – 100% yeah they’d like a meeting.”
And Harry claimed in new episodes of their series that his older brother William, heir to the British throne, yelled and screamed at him because of his decision to step back from the royal family.
Friends of the Prince of Wales are reported to have said, “Things have been very tense for a while,” adding, “There is sadness in where things are currently going…and there is a memoir to come.”
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Another close friend of William said, “It’s all crazy.”
Harry, 38, is due to release Spear on January 10, a biopic about his time growing up in the monarchy.
“Now, having created an independent life far beyond the confines of the royal establishment, he finally has the opportunity to correct the often inaccurately reported records,” writes bestselling author and editor Omid Scobie on The Royal Family. “Freedom of speech. And no matter how you feel about a man, it’s hard not to agree that he should have the right to it.”
In 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would step down from their positions as senior members of the British royal family. They eventually moved to Markle’s home state of California, where they raised their two children.
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Palace officials have not commented on the series. A spokesperson for William, the heir to the throne, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Charles has maintained silence as he concentrates on his royal duties. On Friday, King visited JW3, the Jewish Community Center in North London. He also attended an early Hanukkah party, hosted annually for Holocaust survivors, where he proudly displayed his love of dancing.
The documentary series is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s latest effort to tell their story after moving to affluent Montecito County, Southern California. Lucrative contracts with Netflix and Spotify have helped finance their lives on a property overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Netflix series appeared at a defining moment for the British monarchy. The king is trying to show that the institution is still relevant after the death of the queen, whose personal popularity tempered criticism of the crown during her 70-year reign.
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Harry’s 2018 marriage to Markle was seen as a public relations coup for the royal family, cementing the monarchy’s efforts to move into the 21st century by making it more representative of a multicultural nation. But the fairy tale, punctuated by a horse-drawn carriage ride and lavish wedding at Windsor Castle, quickly unraveled amid relentless media attention, including allegations that the Duchess was self-centered and threatening her staff.
Harry described the royal press operations as a “dirty game”, said there was “leaking” and “planting stories”, and that the Palace’s “communications team” would seek to deflect negative coverage of a member of the royal family by issuing a story about a member of the royal family.
Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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