Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have been ‘jewels in the royal family’s crown’ but ‘trust is gone’ – veteran royal correspondent Jennie Bond

Princess Diana was a much “bigger and kinder” person than Meghan Markle and it’s likely the late Queen would not have thought highly of her daughter-in-law-to-be, according to former royal correspondent Jennie Bond.

The TV presenter, who was the BBC’s royal correspondent for 14 years, said on the Indo Daily podcast with Fionnan Sheahan, ‘This week about the 25 Royal Crown’, but they effectively blew it.

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And she drew no punches when asked what Princess Diana would have thought of Meghan Markle, who died on Monday, two days before the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris on Monday, two days before 25 , 1997 at the age of 36.

“I’m not sure Diana would have really liked her,” she said. “I don’t know. Diana was a much bigger person. She was a much kinder person in my opinion and also I think if Diana had been around we wouldn’t have been in this big mess,” she said of the rift between Prince William and Harry.

‘Because I think she would have beaten up those two boys’ heads and sorted them out.

“I don’t think the feud between William and Harry should have gone that way. And I don’t think Meghan and Harry would have fled to the United States, so I don’t think that would have happened if Diana was around.”

Ms Bond added: “And no, I don’t think Meghan is in the same category as Nelson Mandela or Diana,” she said, referring to a “ridiculous” anecdote Meghan revealed in the cut interview, in which she had a South African actor from The Lion King claimed that when she married Prince Harry, “we were just as happy in the streets as we were when Mandela was released from prison.”

Mandela’s grandson, Zwelivelile Mandela, has since said he was surprised by comments that after Mandela’s release, South Africans danced in the streets for more important reasons than marrying “a white prince”.

Ms Bond not only criticized the content of the cut interview – which she described as “appalling timing” – but also the way Meghan presented herself in the cover photo accompanying the play.

She said: “The charitable side of me wants to believe this is just an unfortunate coincidence. That’s the best gloss I can put on it being unfortunate. How bizarre, it’s bizarre it seems to me that the picture published with this magazine ‘The Cut’ shows the face of Duchess Meghan – I find it hard to really call her Duchess – in close-up with her hair pulled out of her face, not much makeup, wore a black turtleneck.

“It’s the exact likeness of the cover of Andrew Morton’s 1992 book Diana: Her True Story. Again, it’s a reduced close-up of Diana wearing a black turtleneck. I mean is that a coincidence? on the day of the 25th anniversary of Diana’s day and taking the publicity away from Diana and the headlines, the tributes to Diana, there was a lot more coverage about Meghan than Diana yesterday and I’m just thinking… I’m going to try to be charitable and just say it unhappy.”

Ms Bond also said she believes Harry and Meghan could have been “the absolute jewels in the royal family’s crown” but the “element of trust has evaporated” between the couple and the rest of the royal family, who have a strong sense of togetherness for discretion and have privacy.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-could-have-been-jewels-in-crown-of-royal-family-but-trust-evaporated-veteran-royal-correspondent-41955500.html Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have been ‘jewels in the royal family’s crown’ but ‘trust is gone’ – veteran royal correspondent Jennie Bond

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