Meghan Markle interview could be 'very damaging' for royal family

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The Queen and senior royals are 'very worried' about the 'direction' Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are heading after they launched an attack on the media, royal experts claim.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told of their struggles with being in the spotlight and the 'unfair' scrutiny they now face in interviews shown on an ITV documentary last night.

Meghan told how her friends warned her not to marry Harry because the tabloid focus would 'destroy your life' and Harry said that he felt pressure to 'protect' his family from unwanted media intrusion.

The Prince also opened up about his 'rift' with his brother William in the interviews by ITV's Tom Bradby conducted during their official royal tour to Africa.

Experts have now given their verdict on the explosive documentary, and said senior members of the royal family will be concerned and 'horrified' by the tone and contents of the interviews. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told of their struggles with being in the spotlight and the 'unfair' scrutiny they now face in interviews shown on an ITV documentary last night

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told of their struggles with being in the spotlight and the 'unfair' scrutiny they now face in interviews shown on an ITV documentary last night

In Meghan's first on-screen interview since becoming a mother the former Suits actress insisted that she had 'no idea' about the level of attention she would face

In Meghan's first on-screen interview since becoming a mother the former Suits actress insisted that she had 'no idea' about the level of attention she would face

They came following months of controversy involving Meghan and Harry, who came under fire for their privacy demands over Archie's christening, their use of private jets, and Meghan's Wimbledon appearance when she banned fans from taking photos.

They are suing the Mail on Sunday over its publication of Meghan's estranged father's letters, and have begun legal action against the Sun and Mirror news groups over allegations of phone hacking dating back to the early 2000s.  

Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited - a book on Harry and Meghan's romance, who has written about the royals for three decades, told MailOnline: 'I am told that the senior royals from the Queen down and courtiers are very worried about the direction Harry and Meghan are taking and it's very serious. 

'I hope on their six week holiday they reflect very carefully on what they do next.

'They had turned a corner with the Africa trip but all the good works were overshadowed by this attack on the press. 'They are either being badly advised or ignoring advice.' 

Jonny Dymond, the BBC's royal correspondent, said: 'I think they (the royal family) will be pretty horrified actually.

'One is because whoever wins these legal actions with the newspapers, are the newspapers actually going to change what they do? Because the newspapers don't thnk they have done anything wrong.

They think this is about reporting about what is going on and

Secondly, the monarchy is supposed to be a unifying force in this country, and yet a very significant chunk of it, Harry and Meghan, are being divisive.

It runs against what the monarchy is doing in these already divisive times.'

Robert Jobson, royal editor of the Evening Standard, revealed that senior royals have 'gone out of their way' to make the Duchess of Sussex feel welcome.

A Palace figure told the Standard: 'I know that the Prince of Wales has several times reached out to Meghan.

'They get on and share a love of music too. I know he invited her to a preview of an exhibition at the palace.

'The Queen has been a source of strength too and invited them both to Balmoral where family problems are usually aired.'

The prince is questioned about his relationship with his brother (pictured, with wife Kate) in which he appears to confirm there has been rift

The prince is questioned about his relationship with his brother (pictured, with wife Kate) in which he appears to confirm there has been rift

In Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on ITV last night, Meghan revealed

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