Meghan Markle and Harry ‘missed a crucial lesson’ from Queen that ‘dealed them a PR hit’

Pointing out that the Queen has never given a single interview, royal expert Daniela Elser said one lesson the monarch can teach us – and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – is the power of silence…

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan receive the President's Award at the #NAACPImageAwards in recognition of their work helping a Texas women's shelter, promoting immunization equality and creating community support centers
Prince Harry and Meghan receive the President’s Award at the #NAACPImageAwards in February

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “missed a crucial lesson” from the Queen – the power of silence, a royal commentator claimed.

Pointing out that the Queen has never given a single interview, Daniela Elser said one lesson the monarch could teach us is the power of silence.

“And if there was ever a time in royal history when the 95-year-old put that philosophy into action, it has been in the last 365 days and in flux,” Ms Elser wrote in an article for

The royal commentator likened this approach to Meghan and Harry giving their famous revealing interview with Oprah last year, in which they dropped several bombshells, from the Duchess’ suicidal thoughts to damaging claims about racism.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex


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Meghan and Harry now live in the United States


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After that, Ms. Elser wrote, the world waited to see how the queen would react.

She highlighted how the Queen released a brief statement days after the interview but has remained silent since.

“It was almost two days before courtiers released a 61-word statement of truly stunning parsimony, infamously saying in part: ‘Some memories may vary,'” Ms. Elser wrote.

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She added that the remarkable thing is that a year later, still no word has been said on the matter.

But she pointed out that Harry and Meghan have since appeared in various interviews – including Harry’s podcast with Dax Shepherd, and according to their TV interview in March 2021 “had only just begun to speak their truth”.

“At the time,” continued Ms. Elser, “it seemed as if the Palace was woefully short-sighted, adhering to its time-honored practice of impenetrable silence, staunchly refusing to engage or do anything differently in the face of this unprecedented mess.” .

“However, in hindsight, that turned out to be a wise approach to a feverish situation.”

Ms Elser added she was not suggesting that Meghan and Harry did not have legitimate grievances that needed to be addressed.

But she said the “repeated, self-righteous repeated airing of dirty family laundry actually just dealt them a PR blow.”

“Both Harry and Meghan have told Oprah how much they respect Her Majesty, but they both seem to have missed the crucial lesson she could have taught them not only about the power, but the dignity of silence,” she added Mrs. Elser added.

Now there are fears Harry may be “disrespectful” to Kate Middleton in his telltale memoir, due to be released later this year.

There has been much speculation as to what he will include in the book and how members of the royal family will be portrayed in it previous comment Claiming the book unleashed a “tsunami of fear” in royal circles.

The 37-year-old prince is set to chronicle his life in the public spotlight, including his time in the military, marriage and fatherhood, in the book, which will be published by Penguin Random House.

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