In an interview
with “Good Morning Britain” earlier this week, actress Jodie Turner-Smith
stated that the royals
could have done more to protect Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry
The “Anne Boleyn” actor spoke with presenter Richard Arnold about Meghan’s role now that she is no longer a working royal, as well as how the royal family
as a whole could evolve.
“There’s a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that more accurately represents the world today,” Turner-Smith said in the interview.
“I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve and could have embraced it and embraced her fully, and protected her, and protected their son in a way that made him feel like he didn't need to, you know, leave,” the actor added.
Turner-Smith previously stated similar sentiments in a recent interview with The Telegraph, when asked about Meghan being a “great modernizer of the monarchy.”
“I believe Meghan could have been that,” said the “Queen and Slim” actor.
“It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way it was not allowed to be something that really modernizes that institution, and to change it for the better,” she said, explaining why she believes there is dysfunction there.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
officially stepped down as working members of the royal family in March 2020, and a year later, they spoke with Oprah Winfrey
about their time in the royal family and the reasons for their departure.
Meghan revealed to Winfrey that a member of the royal family expressed racist
"concerns and conversations" about the color of their son Archie's skin before his birth and refused to provide him with security
The former "Suits" actor also claimed that after she became suicidal, the institution refused to get her the help she needed to recover. Harry also chastised his family for refusing to publicly support the couple due to tabloid backlash.
“There have been many opportunities for my family to show some kind of support,” the duke told Winfrey. “Female members of parliament, Conservative and Labour, have called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Meghan, but no one from my family has said anything over those two years.”
later issued a brief statement in response to the couple's claims, stating, "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."
“The issues raised, particularly those of race, are troubling, and while some recollections may differ, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed privately by the family,” the statement continued.