Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are allegedly demanding an apology from the royal family following the release of their Netflix show. However, a royal expert said that such an apology is unlikely to come soon.
The Sunday Times recently reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pursuing a “royal summit” to address the concerns outlined in their docuseries.
The paper alleged that Meghan, in particular, wanted “an apology” from the rest of the Firm.
“If all they wanted was an apology, they could have gotten that over a Zoom [call] two years ago,” said royal expert Shannon Felton Spence speaking to Fox Digital.
She added: “They wanted to use the situation to its full extent to set up their new lives… It’s not that I don’t think a summit will happen, [but] what exactly is it going to change? Nothing. And the royal family has made that clear.”
There have been reports that the Sussexes are looking for an apology before they consider attending King Charles III’s coronation next year.
However, the royals are allegedly “bewildered” by the couple’s request and are “refusing to respond” until they admit their own mistakes, according to the Daily Mail.
Spence claimed that “reputations had been hurt” on all sides and noted there was no royal “summit” at the Queen’s funeral.
She added: “They knew that the Netflix doc and [Harry’s] book were upcoming and there was no getting out of that. I fear that it will be too late once we see what’s in the book, which is reportedly very unflattering to [Camilla] the Queen Consort.”
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She continued: “The royal family has made it clear that they are not playing this game. When they didn’t respond [to the Netflix series] we saw exactly what their strategy is – fly above the drama. Harry and Meghan will outplay their hand…in the near future, probably with the book.”
A friend of His Majesty reportedly told The Times that the show was not as “damaging to the monarchy as we feared” and called it “self-indulgent, one-sided and exploitive”.
The Palace has not commented on the series and many royal watchers believe that this is unlikely to change.
It’s likely the royal family will continue to try to “fly above the drama” while sticking to the late Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra of “never complain, never explain”.