Meghan and Harry are “involved in massive change” for the British monarchy, according to religious experts who spoke to Oprah Winfrey yesterday after the Sussexes bombing interview.
Theologian and former BBC journalist Ted Harrison said the company is steadily evolving to “be more celebrity-centric,” but the presence of traditions means he are “members of the royal family trapped in an old institution , enormously regretted “.
He spoke to a jury made up of academics, journalists and ministers of religion who discussed the effects of the interview on the monarchy as part of a debate organized by the Religion Media Center.
The Oprah interview aired on ITV in the UK last night and included revelations about the Duchess of Sussex’s suicidal thoughts during her time with the Royal Family and allegations that a family member was concerned about how dark her children’s skin would be.
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Dr. R. David Muir, professor of public theology at the University of Roehampton, said the monarchy was “an institution that needs reform.”
“When people complain about their feelings, their sanity and commit suicide and cannot get help, I consider that to be a real charge.”
Rev. Canon Rosie Harper added, “As soon as you start saying that [the monarchy is] old-fashioned and non-contact, but also that there is a moral deficit in their behavior, they are gradually being viewed as resistance.
“People have empathy for the way Meghan was treated”.
The queen’s length of service at the head of the royal family – nearly 68 years – was seen as one of the factors behind the slow pace of change. Harrison said, “Once the Queen’s reign is over there will be a sea of change in the monarchy”.
In his current condition, Dr. Muir that it can be difficult for an outsider to invade the monarchy and that Meghan’s mixed identity could make it difficult by saying, “You don’t see too many blacks in the royal family, you?
“But I don’t want to know whether the monarchy is racist or not.
“I would like to say, what are we doing to change the institution so that it is more representative of the signs and symbols of modern Britain?”
Regarding the long-term impact of the Sussexes’ revelations to Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Bob Morris, who works in the Constitutional Unit at University College London, that the monarchy is doing its best not to be ridiculed, but that “this interview certainly contributed to that”.
Former Guardian Royal Correspondent Stephen Bates commented: “The interview was deeply damaging in the short term, however [the Crown] is a very long-term institution.
“One way or another, it will overcome these problems”.
Harrison added, “When historians will come to write the book of the monarchy in a hundred years […] The interview with Harry and Meghan will only be a footnote to curiosity. “