Royals ‘haven’t learnt lesson’ from Princess Diana after Oprah interview

Princess Diana’s "sentiments" about the royals were almost repeated by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their Oprah interview, an expert has claimed.

And it shows the Royal Family hasn’t "learnt the lesson there", according to royal biographer Andrew Morton.

He also said the late Princess of Wales would probably have joined her son Harry for the chat.

The tell-all interview with host Oprah Winfrey saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex open up on their time as senior royals.

They included claims Meghan, 39, had felt isolated and asked for mental health support, which was denied.

Mr Morton compared the interview to what Diana, also the mum of Prince William, had told him for his 1992 book Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words.

He told OK! magazine: "When I watched the interview I was smiling to myself because it was virtually a rehash of some of the sentiments that Diana expressed to me.

"The isolation and not getting help. Clearly, they [the royal family] haven't learnt the lesson there."

He added: "She would probably have sat in on it. She was on the edge of moving to America herself in the last year of her life."

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The author also claimed Diana, who died in 1997, would have felt it was a pity Harry, 36, was estranged from the family.

But she would have welcomed him making a go of it on his own as that is what she wanted to do, he added.

After the Oprah broadcast aired last month, comparisons were drawn between it and Diana’s 1995 Panorama interview.

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Mr Morton, who has recently published Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World Of The Windsor Sisters, previously said it was almost like Diana was getting "her revenge from beyond the grave".

And royal expert Sarah Gristwood said: "I think the interview is as major as Diana’s Panorama interview definitely, and there are similarities."

Buckingham Palace issued a statement last month in the wake of the Oprah fallout, saying the couple would always be "much loved".

The statement, issued on behalf of the Queen, said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."

It went on: "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."

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