Meghan Markle’s popularity has plummeted in the United Kingdom so much since her explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired two months ago that royal courtiers fear that the wife of Prince Harry “could be booed by the public if she ever returns to the country.
A royal expert told The Sun that there is “genuine concern” that Meghan would be given a brutal reception by the public if she ever comes back to the U.K.
“There are genuine concerns that she could be booed at an event attended by members of the public given her current unpopularity in the UK as a result of the Oprah interview,” Daily Mail reported.
A recent YouGov poll suggested that the popularity of Meghan and Harry’s is still lower than that of much of the rest of the royal family. Just 29 percent of British citizens like Meghan, while 61 percent have an unfavorable view of her. Meanwhile, only 49 percent like Harry, while around 40 percent dislike him.
This comes after Meghan made a series of shocking claims in her interview with Oprah. Among other things, she claimed that she was hit with racism from within the royal family, claiming that an unnamed senior royal questioned how dark her then-unborn son Archie’s skin would be. Harry refused to name this family member, only saying that it was neither Queen Elizabeth nor Prince Philip. Meghan also claimed that she felt so isolated as a royal that she considered committing suicide at one point during her pregnancy.
The royal family responded two days later in a brief statement released by Buckingham Palace.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the royal family said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Meghan did not fly back to the U.K. with her husband last month to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip because she is currently pregnant with her second child, and doctors advised her that traveling at this time was not a good idea. There are also no known plans in place for Meghan to return to the U.K. at any time in the near future.
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