MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry sparked a huge debate on the Jeremy Vine show on Channel 5 on Monday as callers disagreed over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been in the spotlight over the past week as they travelled to Africa on a royal tour. The outing marked the first occasion baby Archie has embarked on official royal business, with the young royal melting hearts and stealing the show during his first public engagement. But Harry has also sparked controversy after he launched an attack on the “propaganda press pack” for waging a “relentless campaign” against his wife, Meghan.
Harry and Meghan have launched legal proceedings over their treatment in the press.
The royal couple announced they would be suing via a scathing statement written by the Duke.
Public reaction to the attack has been mixed with Jeremy Vine viewers, panellists and callers split as debate ignited on Monday morning’s show.
Entering a discussion over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex one caller, Joan from Staffordshire, argued Harry’s anti-press crusade was the “worst thing he could have done”.
Meghan Markle news public disagree over royal couple in fiery clash (Image Doug Peters)
She said: “I think when he got married he was so happy and when he had Archie he was over the moon.
“But when he was in Africa I kept looking at him and I kept thinking ‘what is wrong with Harry?’
“He was so said in his eyes – there was something niggling him.”
But Jeremy Vine was sceptical.
He said: “We have got some pictures of them now, Joan, and I’m not sure I can see sadness in his eyes. You spotted that, did you?”
Jeremy Vine audience, panel and callers split over Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Image: CHANNEL5-SIPA USA)
Joan was insistent. She said: “Even when he was talking and he was standing on that tree trunk his voice was very monotone. Something was niggling him. I could tell it was.”
Speaking of the legal action, Joan said: “It is like a Pandora’s box he has opened. I don’t think he is ever going to feel satisfied. I think it is like a Pandora’s box he has opened that will not make him feel satisfied or happy – and I just think it is a bad move.”
But not everyone agreed with Joan.
Another caller, Louise from London said: “The problems between Meghan and her father have been stoked to sell papers.”
Meghan and Harry had been enjoying positive press (Image: SIPA USA)
The Londoner added: “Harry has a right to protect his family.”
But journalist Angela Epstein on the panel didn’t agree with the term “stoked”.
She said: “We have to sometimes question some of the decisions some people in the public eye make.”
But her fellow panellist historian Tessa Dunlop fired back to support Louise on her defence of the Duke and Duchess.
She said: “Meghan has clearly had a really challenging upbringing and there we are messing around in that.
Jeremy Vine panelists Tessa Dunlop and Angela Epstein clashed over Harry and Meghan (Image: CHANNEL5)
Meghan Markle news: Duke and Duchess of Sussex divide opinions over press attack (Image: SIPA USA)
“This isn’t about us criticising their green credentials.”
She went on to praise Harry’s statement, saying it was like a “love letter to his wife”.
But an audience member on the programme also chipped into the debate saying he did not see any issue with the criticism.
Harry and Meghan have been on a royal tour of Africa, where they were enjoying positive media coverage.
But Harry chose to issue his statement amid the positive coverage, as he claimed it demonstrated “double standards” in the press.
Commentators and experts have questioned the timing of the outburst while fans and supporters of the Duke and Duchess have staunchly defended it.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK