Meghan Markle issues won't 'go away' for royals warns expert
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Ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone’s youngest daughter Petra Ecclestone, 32, has hit out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month. The heiress, who recently moved back into her Los Angeles mansion after relocating to Monaco for a few months, has taken aim at her fellow California residents.
It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made global headlines following their bombshell interview with US host Oprah.
The couple, who stepped down from their royal duties, spoke candidly about the difficulties they claimed to face during their time as senior royals, their lives in California, and expecting their second child.
Petra has now spoken out about Harry and Meghan’s decision to seek more privacy in their new life in the United States.
“I always tried to stand up for her,” said the heiress of former Suits actress Meghan.
“Harry and Meghan did have the freedom to leave [the Royal Family] if they really didn’t want that life.”
However, she said she has taken issue with the couple seeking privacy but “basically doing interviews”.
“But, on the other hand, they said they wanted privacy and they didn’t want to be famous and they didn’t want to do interviews — but all they’ve done since is basically do interviews,” Petra claimed to the MailOnline.
Despite, Petra’s remarks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to work on their non-profit organisation Archewell which aims to “uplift and unite communities” post their royal duties.
The website which launched last year, to offer “classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics,” run a mentoring scheme, conduct and host “events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”
Meghan has also continued to work with UK charities including Smart Works which helps coach unemployed women into careers.
The Duchess of Sussex remains the charity’s patron despite stepping back from royal duties, although her title has changed from “royal patron” to simply “patron”.
During Harry and Meghan’s recent two-hour interview, the couple opened up about a myriad of issues they faced.
The Duchess claimed she wasn’t able to leave the house with the institution suggesting she shouldn’t go to lunch with her friends due to too much media attention.
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Meghan alleged she was told to “lay low” and only left the house twice in four months.
She also expressed her concerns that Archie would not hold a royal title or have security.
“He wasn’t going to receive security. It was really hard. This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy when I’m going, ‘Hold on a second,'” Meghan remarked.
“When you’re the grandchild of a monarch, when Charles becomes King, automatically Archie and our next child would be prince or princess… it’s not their right to take it away.”
However, this claim has been disputed as royal experts explained that the couple’s son is not in direct succession of the crown.
Archie was not born a prince due to an order by King George V in 1917 ruling only royal offspring in the direct line of succession could be made a prince or princess.
The Duchess also revealed that Prince Harry told her about a conversation with a family member where there were “concerns” over Archie’s skin tone when he was born.
Following the revelations, the Queen issued a rare statement saying she was “saddened” by Harry and Meghan’s challenging times and certain issues including race would be “addressed by the family privately”.
Elsewhere, Petra recently defended her decision to travel to seven countries during the coronavirus pandemic.
The billionaire heiress and her 37-year-old fiancé Sam Palmer had jetted from England to Croatia then across the pond to Los Angeles.
This was then followed with a trip to Switzerland – to spend Christmas with her sister Tamara – then to Monaco.
“We’re currently in Monaco. For now. Not sure where we’ll be next week,” Petra told The Times.
“We’re very Covid-conscious. We’ve flown completely around the world to try and miss it. What I think we’ve realised now is you can’t run from coronavirus.”
Petra is the third daughter of billionaire and business magnate Bernie, who welcomed his fourth child, son Ace, last year.
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