‘Abolish the monarchy’: Queen's 61-word statement on Meghan Markle and Harry's ‘racism’ claims stirs controversy
Barely comprising 61 words, the statement comes over 36 hours after Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah was aired
After hours of speculations across the world, Buckingham Palace has finally broken silence on Harry and Meghan Markle's shocking claims on their tell-all interview with Oprah from March 7, 2021. Acknowledging the serious allegations of racism leveled by Meghan and Harry, the Queen stated that the Royal family was 'saddened' to learn about the couple's past challenges.
However, the statement also included the words 'while some recollections may vary', which many critics of Meghan are considering as a calculated step to hint at the falsehood propagated by her. A majority of internet users are not quite satisfied with the Royal Family's brief response to the shocking revelations and termed the statement as "badly worded" and dubbed it a "huge mistake" — which might worsen the feud further.
What exactly was said in the Palace statement?
In the brief statement by the Royal Family dated Tuesday, March 9 , 2021, it was mentioned that the issues "are taken very seriously" and will promptly be "addressed by the family privately".
"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 that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," it read and ended with, "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
The statement, which comes after more than 36 hours since the airing of Harry and Meghan's explosive interview, comprises barely 61 words. It also fails to elaborately address the serious issues of Meghan having 'suicidal thoughts' and facing racism at the Palace, before the couple's stepback from Royal duties last year.
‘Abolish the monarchy’
The uproar against the British Royal Family has been flooding the Internet ever since Harry and Meghan's interview aired. In no time, demands to 'abolish the monarchy' were especially amplified after people read the Queen's latest "cold" statement. Many wondered who wrote it and went on to claim that the statement could not have been worded by the Queen, who was hailed as "kind" by Harry and Meghan.
"This statement is so cold, petty and corporate, we can tell William dictated it. The Queen would not put this out after she came out ontop looking like the only KIND person in the interview," tweeted one user.
This statement is so cold, petty and corporate, we can tell William dictated it. The Queen would not put this out after she came out ontop looking like the only KIND person in the interview. https://t.co/eWx7XBkudK— Lily (@LilyJacksWrites) March 9, 2021
After the statement was released, one user tweeted, "Lmao let's just abolish the monarchy. They are absolute nuts. They didn't deny anything." Another person dubbed the Queen as 'cold' and 'devoid of human emotion'. The tweet read, "It’s sad to see another person I’m the royal family hurt, Unfair the Queen no longer seems like a person. She is cold and tottay devoid of human emotion. They are an ancient and no longer power in the world"
Lmao let's just abolish the monarchy. They are absolute nuts. They didn't deny anything. https://t.co/6lxdqtT78q— Celeen (@celeened) March 9, 2021
It’s sad to see another person I’m the royal family hurt, Unfair the Queen no longer seems like a person. She is cold and tottay devoid of human emotion. They are an ancient and no longer power in the world— Eileen (@Eileen00065924) March 9, 2021
Another disgruntled Brit wrote, "In 2021, what purpose does the monarchy serve? We work and they take from our taxes. I really see no reason to keep them, they provide the people no value, yet we are all expected to provide value to our nation. Culture has evolved beyond needing them. #AbolishTheMonarchy"
In 2021, what purpose does the monarchy serve? We work and they take from our taxes. I really see no reason to keep them, they provide the people no value, yet we are all expected to provide value to our nation. Culture has evolved beyond needing them.#AbolishTheMonarchy— JayOhEe📈 (@JayOhEe3) March 9, 2021
"Jail Andrew Windsor and #AbolishTheMonarchy" — wrote one user, reminding about the allegations of pedophilia and Jeffrey Epstein connection against Prince Andrew.
Jail Andrew Windsor and #AbolishTheMonarchy— Mark Flack #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn 🇵🇸 🥀 ✊ (@mflack66) March 9, 2021
Since the Royal statement refrained from addressing Harry and Meghan with their royal titles — Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it is also being speculated if they have been stripped of their titles. The concern comes especially since the Queen addressed them as Duke and Duchess in a previous statement issued last month, reports Express.
A source told The Times: "There were talks at the Palace looking at how you strip him of his dukedom. It has never been done before but there are people who think it is both feasible and desirable." Before the interview, a source told The Sun, "If [Meghan] has chosen to speak candidly about her time with Kate then the damage that could be done to the monarchy is vast. She has the power to lay bare just how bad things really were between her, Harry, William and Kate."
It now remains to be seen how Harry and Meghan respond to the Royal Family's statement.