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Prince HarryandMeghan Markle‘portrayed themselves as victims’ and made claims that ‘didn’t stand up to scrutiny’ during their explosive Oprah interview, a royal expert has claimed.
Richard Fitzwilliams' assertions come after recent polls in the United States show a decline in popularity for the couple, who last year stepped down from royal duties.
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the UK on March 8 this year and drew a staggering 5,380 Ofcom complaints by the end of the month. Yet more disgruntled viewers contacted the watchdog in April.
Mr Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator and author, described the interview as "extremely destructive".
He told the Daily Star: “It is perhaps not surprising that recent polls in the United States are pointing to a reassessment of the Sussexes.
“It will be interesting to see if this trend continues. They initially had huge support after giving the extremely destructive interview with Oprah.
“A lot of what they said, whilst portraying themselves as victims, never stood up to scrutiny.
“Also, their estrangement from the royal family, following on that from Meghan’s family save for Doria, is a far from encouraging background for their philanthropic work.”
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In the controversial interview, Harry and Meghan told how a member of the royal family had made remarks about the colour of their son Archie's skin, although they decided against naming the person in question.
According to a recent YouGov poll, their reputations have also continued to suffer in the UK.
Harry's positive opinion ranking has fallen nine points since April to 34%, whereas Meghan's has dropped three to 26%, states the poll which collected data between August 27 and August 29.
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Their responses to the Afghanistan crisis and Covid are responsible for the drop, according to the survey.
Mr Fitzwilliams also called the couple's recent private jet flight back from their three-day New York trip "an ill-advised hostage to fortune".
He said: "They will have taken little or no notice of what the British press will have said, but it was an ill-advised hostage to fortune to travel back to California on a private jet, after emphasising the need to cut emissions to save the planet."
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