Jodie Turner-Smith criticises Royal Family over Meghan Markle

‘They could have embraced her fully and protected her’: Jodie Turner-Smith criticises the Royal Family for their treatment of Meghan Markle

Jodie Turner-Smith criticised the Royal Family for their treatment of Meghan Markle.

The actress, 34, hit out at the Royals for not ‘protecting’ the Duchess of Sussex and said they didn’t ’embrace her fully’ during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.

Speaking to Richard Arnold, Jodie, who is currently starring as Anne Boleyn in a Channel 5 series, said: ‘There’s a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that more represents the world today.

‘They could have embraced her fully and protected her’: Jodie Turner-Smith criticised the Royal family for their treatment of Meghan Markle in an interview on GMB on Wednesday

‘I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve

‘They 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 leave.’

In March, Meghan and Prince Harry had a bombshell interview Oprah Winfrey, in which the Duchess admitted she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ and told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’.

She also claimed the Buckingham Palace HR department ignored her plea for help because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’.

Thoughts: Jodie said, ‘I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve’ (Prince Harry and Meghan in 2018)

Opinion: Jodie went on, ‘They 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 leave’

Describing how she considered ending her life believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan said: ‘I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. 

‘And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. I remember how he just cradled me. I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that ‘I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere’. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution’.

She said that after confiding in her husband, she was forced to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event in January 2019, claiming photos from that night ‘haunt me’. 

She told Oprah she later reached out to one of the best friends of Diana, Princess of Wales, because she felt unsupported by the palace.

Opportunities: Jodie added, ‘There’s a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that more represents the world today’

She said: ‘When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over’. Meghan said Harry had ‘saved my life’ by agreeing to move to Los Angeles.

Meghan also accused the Royal Family of having ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be before he was born because she is mixed-race and Harry is white. 

She claimed that a relative of Harry asked him ‘how dark’ their unborn child would be with the Duchess claiming Archie being mixed-race was a ‘problem’ for the royals after Oprah asked her if they were worried their son would be ‘too brown’.

The former Suits star said she would not name the person because it would be ‘too damaging’ for them. But she confirmed that the duke was asked the question – ‘how dark his skin might be when he’s born’ – ‘by family’.

 Struggle: In March, Meghan and Prince Harry had a bombshell interview Oprah Winfrey (pictured), in which she admitted she told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’

She then said Archie may have been denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race, but has never been told. Harry was also asked to identify the culprit but said he didn’t feel ‘comfortable’ discussing it.

In the most extraordinary royal interview since Diana spoke to the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, Meghan said her sister-in-law Kate made her cry in a row over dresses for the flowergirls, including Princess Charlotte, before her Windsor wedding. 

She said: ‘She (Kate) was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she bought me flowers’.

Harry also laid into his own family, claiming their ‘lack of support and understanding’, the couple’s mental health problems and fears ‘history repeating itself’ with Meghan like his mother Diana, who died in 1997.

Harry also said he felt ‘very let down’ by his father Prince Charles, accusing him of refusing to take his calls and and then ‘cut him off’ financially when they emigrated.

He said: ‘My father and brother. They’re both trapped’ and added that his mother Diana would be ‘angry and sad’ that he felt he had to leave the royal family, but ‘she saw it coming’. 

Harry said: ‘All she’d ever want for us is to be happy’, adding that his wife had ‘saved me’, declaring: ‘I myself was trapped, as well. I didn’t see a way out’. 

Asked about his relationship with Prince Charles, Harry said they were now speaking again, adding: ‘There’s a lot to work through there, you know? 

Candid: Describing how she considered ending her life believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan (pictured with Harry in 2020) said: ‘I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it’

‘I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson. 

‘I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship’. 

When asked about if he remains close to William he replied: ‘I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths’.

Meghan claimed she had been completely ‘naive’ about what royal life was like, claiming she didn’t know about needing to curtsy for the Queen and being taught by Fergie minutes before meeting Her Majesty for the first time in 2017. 

Shocking: Meghan also accused the Royal Family of having ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be before he was born (pictured after Archie’s birth in 2019)

The Duke and Duchess said they speak to her regularly on Zoom – but hinted at little contact with the other royals.

The Sussexes also revealed they were already planning ‘Megxit’ just six months after they married in May 2018 and Meghan compared life in Kensington Palace to lockdown in the Covid world today because she was ‘banned’ from going to lunch with friends. 

But she said their new life was a ‘happy ending’ for after a journey ‘greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read’.

Looking out for her: Meghan said Harry had ‘saved my life’ by agreeing to move to Los Angeles

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