Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey could spark “the start of a PR war,” said a PR expert.
Public relations consultant Mark Borkowski said his first reaction to the interview, which aired in the US in the early hours of Monday morning, was that it was “quite damaging to the royal family.”
The Sussexes accused an unnamed king of raising concerns about the skin tone of their son Archie before he was born, others were jealous of Meghan’s popularity with the public and claimed they were unsupported for fear for their safety.
The interview was broadcast via bullied royal household staff despite ongoing concerns about the Duke of Edinburgh’s health and on allegations made by the Duchess of Sussex.
Mr Borkowski told the PA News Agency, “Some of the allegations and some of the deeply personal insights into royal household life are being judged, especially by an American audience who are quite shocking watching in prime time.
“He (Harry) was very straightforward about the fact that he felt that his father (Charles, the Prince of Wales) hadn’t given him the support and he wanted to try to rebuild a relationship, the fact that he was close to his brother (William, the Duke of Cambridge), but obviously there was some distance between them.
“It’s certainly their opportunity to give their side of the story. It depends what the juxtaposition is. We’ve seen bullying allegations before. This could be the start of a public relations war.”
“Or it could be a moment for everyone to draw a line in the sand and talk and try to heal some wounds here because the wounds are very deep.”
The interview also revealed how Meghan felt suicidal as a senior member of the royal family.
Mr Borkowski said: “There are a lot of losers in that.”
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Oprah With Meghan and Harry will be on ITV Monday March 8th at 9 p.m. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub