The couple’s marriage certificate has since been brought to light and it appears they were legally wed in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, after all, contrary to the Duchess of Sussex’s suggestion.
Their bombshell interview with Oprah was accused of severely damaging the Royal Family’s international reputation, while others have questioned the accuracy of their allegations.
The Susexes’ popularity has plummeted in the UK.
According to YouGov, Harry now has a net negative rating for the first time.
Forty-eight percent of Britons expressed a negative view of the Duke — a 15-point drop — while 58 percent of respondents now have a negative opinion of Meghan, which is a 13-point decrease in support.
A source claimed: “Harry and Meghan expected to face backlash, but nothing like this.”
As the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah, “I wasn’t planning to say anything shocking”, and that she was “just telling you what’s happened”.
However, the nature of their “intimate conversation” with the US talk show star flies in the face of the Royal Family’s mantra of “never complain, never explain”.
The Palace faced extensive calls for a response in the immediate aftermath of the interview, which was first aired in the US via CBS.
It was broadcast on ITV the following day, but the Palace only released its 61-word reply the day after that.
It said that the “whole family is saddened” by the couple’s revelations, and that many issues raised “are concerning” — but added that “some recollections may vary”.
The statement concluded that the problems raised “will be addressed by the family privately”, and that the Sussexes will “always be much-loved family members”.
Meghan and Harry then spoke to Prince William and Prince Charles over the phone after their astounding interview — before leaking to broadcaster Gayle King that these conversations were “not productive”.
This only triggered yet more backlash in the UK as critics accused the couple of continually publishing details of their private life — even though the royals called for the matter to be settled in private.
ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said: “Now you have Gayle King sort of airing everyone’s dirty linen in public.
“The royals will be absolutely devastated that this has happened.
“I don’t think that this is going to do anyone any favours anytime soon.”
He added that “people will be very very wary about speaking to Harry and Meghan in the future if they think it’s going to be spread all over the airways”.
New Idea’s source continued: “They’ve decided to keep relatively quiet for a little while…but don’t take that as them not plotting their next move.”
Harry has only been spotted out and about in California once since the interview was broadcast in the US earlier this month, while Meghan has not been seen in public at all.
However, the couple have been making a series of announcements about their new professional lives.
The Duke of Sussex chose this week to announce that he is now Chief Impact Officer at a Silicon Valley tech startup firm, despite working for BetterUp for “a couple of months” according to the company’s CEO.
He also announced that he is joining the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, to tackle the “avalanche of misinformation” on today’s digital world.
On Monday, the Sussexes declared that there was a reshuffle within their new vehicle, Archewell, too — Catherine St Laurent, the former director of its charitable branch, has stepped back into a senior advisory role.
James Holt was promoted to Executive Director of the Archewell Foundation, while the social impact and culture change agency InvisibleHand.co joined the organisation.
Archewell’s Global Press Secretary, Toya Holness, noted that they have a “rapidly expanding team that’s deeply dedicated to advancing systemic cultural change and supporting compassionate communities across the world”.
As The Sunday Times’ Josh Glancy tweeted: “First the impact officer job, now the Aspen misinformation gig… increasingly the Oprah interview looks less like a moral reckoning for the Windsors and more like the beginning of an organised PR rollout for the Sussexes.”
It’s important to note that the couple have not faced negative backlash everywhere; a Morning Consult poll of US adults found Meghan’s popularity had surged in the States after the interview, from 45 percent to 67 percent.
Harry also saw increased support from Americans, as the proportion of those with a favourable view of him shot up from 46 percent to 69 percent.
‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry’ is available now on the ITV hub.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK