Meghan Markle May Have Subtly Thrown Major Shade At The Royal Family In Her ITV Documentary

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to negative media attention. A recent interview meant to soften the public toward the couple may have backfired. And to make matters worse, it may have offended the rest of the royal family. Here’s what the duke and duchess said and why it has everyone so upset. 

The ITV Documentary caused a rift in the royal family

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial.
Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

In a break from tradition, the Sussexes opened up about their struggles with royal life in a recent interview for the ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. But their comments may not have gone over so well with the rest of the royal family, who normally don’t speak publicly about their problems. 

According to the royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, the interview may have caused a big rift between family members. 

“There is little doubt that Harry and Meghan’s ITV documentary… is unlikely to have gone down well with the most senior royals,” Fitzwilliams told Insider. “They complained about royal life with a global audience watching.”

One comment from Duchess Meghan may have been a big reason why the interview went over so poorly. She seemed to blame members of the royal family for her and her husband’s struggles when she said: “not many people will have asked if I’m OK.”

Who was Meghan Markle’s comment directed at?

Part of the reason her comment has brought so much criticism is that it’s not totally clear who she is referring to. Was she expecting her friends to ask if she was okay? Or is the media supposed to ask her this question?

Unfortunately, many believe she was expressing her frustration over the royal family’s failure to check up on her. Should that have been her motive, Duchess Meghan was publicly complaining about her family members’ actions.

However, according to some sources, senior members of the royal family are providing behind the scenes support to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For example, it’s believed Duchess Meghan has a close relationship with her father-in-law, Prince Charles.

“I know that the Prince of Wales has several times reached out to Meghan,” a source told the Evening Standard

In fact, it’s believed that the couple may have gotten their idea to sue the media over Markle’s leaked private letters from Prince Charles since he also took legal action against them for a similar situation in 2005. 

On the other hand, Markle may have been referencing the rift between her family and the Cambridges. About which, Prince Harry actually confirmed during his interview, when he stated that he and Prince William are “on different paths.”

Does the royal family deserve criticism from Meghan Markle?

Duchess Meghan may feel that she’s been neglected by those around her, but there are others who completely disagree. Some have pointed out that regardless of the royal family’s support, Markle has many people she can turn to.

She has her husband, who seems very eager to support her. She has her mother, who also appears to be supportive, even staying with her in Frogmore Cottage after Archie’s birth. She also has many celebrity friends who have come out to support her in the media: Serena William, George and Amal Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Priyanka Chopra, and Elton John. 

On the online discussion site Quora, royal fans seemed to have little sympathy for Markle.  Most users pointed out that she has many friends and people around her, and that an adult woman should be able to ask for help when she needs it. Instead of waiting for someone else to ask if she’s okay.  

“Do we really need Prince Harry and Meghan Markle telling us how difficult life is for them?” one user wrote. 

“Seriously? Meghan is 38 years old. She is more than capable of asking someone she trusts to sit down with her for a cup of tea and talk about whatever is bothering her,” another wrote. 

Unfortunately, while Prince Harry and Markle may have been looking for sympathy, their recent ITV interview did little for them in that regard. Worse, it may have offended the rest of the royal family.