Royal family tensions cause a shakeup of the Crown

Erika Potter, Staff Writer

The 99 year old Duke of Edinburgh came home from the hospital in London mid March after a 28 day stay. He was admitted as a “precautionary measure” in February, a bit before a palace official confirmed that Philip had been battling an infection. “While the Duke was in the hospital, people watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle came forward with allegations involving their experience with the British Royal Family during an interview on CBS,” said Marideth Mardino, a journalist for US Weekly.

During their CBS interview, the prince and his wife explained their decision to leave, claiming that they felt “a lack of support and understanding” from their relatives and had also experienced instances of racism.

Allegations that a member of the royal family had raised concerns about the skin color of the couple’s son, Archie, and that Meghan had contemplated suicide was brought to the surface during the interview with Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey indicated after the interview that Harry had asked her to let the public know that it was neither Queen Elizabeth II, or her husband, Prince Philip who made the racist comment towards Archie.

On Tuesday, the day after the interview with Winfrey, Piers Morgan, the co-host of “Good Morning Britain” on ITV news, who came under attack for saying he “didn’t believe a word” of the interview, resigned, the network said. Britain’s communications regulator received more than 41,000 complaints about his comment.

The two developments completed nearly a day of uninterrupted coverage around the interview, which was described by one British outlet as a “velvet-covered knife into the heart of the modern monarchy” and which observers say may have damaging and long-lasting consequences for the reputation of the royal family, according to The New York Times.

Harry, who blames the press coverage of his mother, Diana, for her death in a car crash in Paris in the late 90s, described an “invisible contract” between the family and the journalists. “If you as a family member are willing to wine, dine and give full access to these reporters, then you will get better press” said Harry. The prince said his father and other family members were afraid that the reporters would turn on them. ”The monarchy’s survival hinged on maintain- ing a certain image with the British people, one that is propagated by the mass-market tabloids,” he continued.

In addition, On April 9, Prince Phillip passed away at age 99 from natural causes.

Like the White House, the palace gives access to a rotation of royal reporters, who document the queen’s meetings and ceremonies. “There is a level of control by fear that has existed for generations,” Harry said. Buckingham Palace said that the issues raised by the couple were concerning. It didn’t deny the allegations, and expressed that while some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.