believes Meghan Markle
's departure from the British royal family
was a "terrible missed opportunity."
In an interview with The Telegraph published over the weekend, the actor who plays Anne Boleyn in the Channel 5 drama of the same name discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
's departure from the royal family.
Sonia Haria, a writer
, asked Turner-Smith if Meghan was a "great modernizer of the monarchy."
“I believe Meghan could have been that,” replied the 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.
When asked about the current Netflix
drama "The Crown," Turner-Smith stated that while she has seen a few episodes, "it's not really my kind of show," and that she "would not consider myself a monarchist."
“I think it’s interesting that the institution isn’t changing with or quickly enough,” Turner-Smith said.
“We have to look at things in a modern context, and only then will we recognize that certain things are archaic, don’t really serve us as a community, and are limiting us; I believe we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.”
Harry and Meghan officially stepped down as working royals
on January 8, 2020, after admitting to Oprah Winfrey
in March that they had encountered difficulties, including racist
comments, while in the royal family.
During the CBS interview, Harry said of Meghan, "Here you have one of the greatest assets to the Commonwealth the family could ever wish for."
Prior to their departure on January 8, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled extensively across the Commonwealth.
“While I am here with my husband, as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” the Duchess of Sussex said to a group of women in South Africa.