Meghan Markle ‘wrongly attacked’ for causing ‘Megxit’ – Tina Brown

Author and former editor of vanity fair Tina Brown has called Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “co-pilots” in their plan to exit royal life.

Speak with 60 minutes Australia, Brown spoke about the recent trials and tribulations of the British royal family. She has just written a book on the subject, called The Palace Papers: In the House of Windsor, the Truth and the Turmoil.

Harry and Meghan stepped down as full-time members of the royal family in 2020 before relocating to California and pursuing independent financial opportunities. The period leading up to the couple’s royal exit was dubbed ‘Megxit’ by the press – a nod to the term coined to describe Britain’s exit from the European Union, ‘Brexit’. Harry has since labeled the term “misogynistic.”

In her interview, Brown spoke about Harry and Meghan’s departure from royal life, claiming that the prince has a bigger role to play than is widely acknowledged, with Meghan often cited as the driving force behind the move.

“One of the things that surprised me,” she said, “was that [Harry’s] People close to the palace said to me, “You know, we always thought Harry was going. We always thought that Harry would eventually leave because he was so unhappy with the constraints of the system.

According to Brown, it wasn’t until he met Meghan that Harry was offered the opportunity to make leaving a possibility:

“In Meghan, he met someone who was dynamic enough and somehow empowered enough to say, ‘We don’t need this anymore. We can be happier than now. We don’t have to do it,'” she explained.

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Tina Brown claims Meghan Markle was “unfairly targeted” for being the one who separated Prince Harry from his family, with the prince sharing equal blame. Brown (L) photographed in London, May 4, 2022. And Meghan (R) photographed at the Invictus Games, April 17, 2022.
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In response to moderator Liam Bartlett’s comment that the author “implied that Harry did more ‘Megxit’ diving than Meghan, at least in the early stages,” Brown replied that the move appeared to be an equal endeavor.

“I think they were co-pilots,” she said, “I think they were co-pilots here.”

“I think Meghan was somewhat unfairly targeted as the one who sort of took him away from his family,” she added, suggesting, “I actually think Harry wanted out.”

Brown addressed this topic in a previous interview with Joanna Coles for the Washington Post in which she spoke about Meghan being seen as the face of the couple’s royal exit, saying:

“I actually think it was kind of unfair to call it ‘Megxit’ because I really think Harry wanted out himself… The Queen knew that at some point it was very likely that Harry wanted out. But they didn’t know it was going to happen so quickly and they didn’t see it the way it happened.”

That doesn’t absolve Meghan of her share of responsibility, however, as Brown later told Coles, “I think it’s also fair to say that Meghan gave Harry the tools to leave.”

In The Palace Papers, Brown documents the royal ups and downs of the past 25 years, particularly in relation to the media and dialogue between the press and the palace. On Harry and Meghan’s departure from royal duties, Brown said it was a move Princess Diana would not have repeated.

Speaking to Coles, Brown said that Diana understood the power of working within the monarchy or driving social change, as she was aware that her royal connection was the power behind her notoriety.

“Diana has always seen the power to change within the structure of the monarchy. She didn’t want to get out of the monarchy,” Brown said.

“She wanted to hold on to her HRH which was confiscated. She stayed live at Kensington Palace. Nothing could have dissuaded her.

“She saw that the royal imprimatur would always be the best, you know, leverage, the best conscripting power to further the causes she cared about. So I don’t know if she would have ever really advocated, you know, moving away to live in Montecito without the auspices and platform of the powers that be.

At Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, Harry and Meghan will return to the UK to attend royal events as a couple for the first time since their retirement in 2020 and since their landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March 2021 .

The couple will travel to the UK with their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months, where their daughter will be introduced to the Queen for the first time. Lilibet was chosen as the name for Harry and Meghan’s first daughter as it is the monarch’s nickname in the family.

For more royal news and commentary, check out Newsweek’s The Royal Report podcast: Meghan Markle ‘wrongly attacked’ for causing ‘Megxit’ – Tina Brown

Rick Schindler

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