The questions that remain after Harry and Meghan’s Oprah appearance

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he Sussexes’ explosive tell-all interview has raised a lot of issues. What are the questions that need answering? – How will the royal family respond and how will they restore their damaged reputation?

The royal family and their aides have some challenging questions to answer about why a suicidal Meghan was not supported and given help, and about the accusations of racism.

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The Queen known for her calm approach, is never reactive or rash during challenging times, but the allegations mark a crisis point for the monarchy and its future.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have long been vocal campaigners on the issue of mental health so questions remain about their involvement and what their response will be. – Who made the racist comment about how dark their baby’s skin would be? The duke and duchess refused to say which member of the royal family had this conversation with Harry while Meghan was pregnant with Archie.

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Meghan said: “That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.”

Harry said he will never reveal who said it and what was said, but this will not stop the speculation. – What damage has been done to Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the royal family? At this stage, the damage could be irreparable.

The duke has vowed to try to restore his relationship with his father, the Prince of Wales, and said he hopes he can heal his rift with William in time.

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The interview is likely to be seen – either by the press or the royals or both – as an attack on the whole family, and how will William react to Meghan singling out Kate? Harry has, however, spoken of his closeness to the Queen. – What did Kate say to Meghan to make her cry?

Meghan said it was Kate who left her in tears over the flower girl dresses, not the other way round as was reported.

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“It was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about some things,” the duchess said. Kate apologised and sent flowers and a note. But Meghan said it was a turning point when the false story was not put straight.

– Who did Meghan approach in the Palace for help when feeling suicidal? Meghan said she went to “one of the most senior people”. The duchess sent emails and begged for help and people said “Yes, yes, it’s disproportionately terrible… but nothing was ever done”, she claimed.

– Why was Meghan not supported – especially after Diana, Princess of Wales’s experience? Meghan said: “There was no guidance… there’s no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal, there’s none of that training.”

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She added: “That might exist for other members of the family” but said it was not offered to her. If that was the case, why was Meghan not given help and support?

– Who was jealous of Meghan? Harry indicated that members of the royal family were jealous of Meghan because of the ease with which she carried out royal duties on their tour of Australia and New Zealand. – What about Meghan’s father?

The duchess has been estranged from Thomas Markle since her wedding, but Winfrey was not seen questioning Meghan about their relationship. Does she intend to reach out to her father, and he will ever meet Harry or their children? – Why did Meghan think Archie should be a prince?

Meghan said she wanted Archie to be a prince so he could have police protection, and expressed her shock at the idea of the first member of colour in the family not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.

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But seventh in line Archie is not at this stage entitled to be a prince because of rules established more than 100 years ago by King George V. – Why didn’t the Queen make Archie a prince? The Queen stepped in ahead of Prince George’s birth to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all the Cambridges’ children, not just George, would have fitting titles.

But the Cambridges’ children are the offspring of a future monarch whereas Archie is not. He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince however when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne. – What about the alleged bullying Meghan is accused of?

The interview was filmed before the Times revealed that a senior aide raised concerns over bullying and that Meghan allegedly drove out two personal assistants and humiliated another, which the duchess denies.

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Questions still remain as to what exactly went on and how Meghan treated her staff. Buckingham Palace has launched an investigation. – What will Harry and Meghan name their daughter?

With the couple set to have a baby girl, the bookmakers will be predicting Diana as the frontrunner.

Or perhaps even Elizabeth in honour of the Queen.