John Humphrys called out Meghan Markle for ‘contradiction’ over private life claim

Meghan Markle 'has got everything she wanted' says expert

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In April, Humphrys presented his last episode of Mastermind, a role he held for 18 years. It marked 735 appearances on the programme with Clive Myrie, the BBC News presenter, replacing him later this year. It came after the veteran journalist left his role presenting the Today Programme in 2019.

On announcing his departure, in true Humphrys style, he said he should have “quit years ago”.

The candid and no-nonsense approach Humphrys took to life, journalism and his interviewee subjects is something he is marked for, and has continued to do in his regular column for the Daily Mail.

It is here that Humphrys has more recently become known for his savage assessment of Meghan and Harry.

After leaving the Royal Family last year to pursue “private lives”, they went largely under the radar, cooped up in a number of different expensive homes during the strictest lockdowns.

This year has been completely different, however.

The past few months have seen Meghan and Harry firmly place themselves under the spotlight in a string of exclusive interviews, podcasts, a new TV series and public speaking events.

They claim to be pursuing a different sort of private life that is financially independent.

Yet, Humphrys, writing in February, drew attention to their initial wishes and brutally tore the two apart.

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He conjures up a mock interview where he sits down with the pair and poses several questions he warns the reader may be interpreted as “hostile”.

In the first, he said: “One of the reasons you gave for wanting to free yourselves of the Royal Family shackles was that you wanted your privacy to be respected.

“Yet you have just announced that you have agreed to do an interview with the most famous TV celebrity (Oprah Winfrey) on the planet which will be broadcast to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

“Isn’t there just the teeniest contradiction here?

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“Not to mention the way you have a habit of popping up in the papers every other week.

“Isn’t it all rather orchestrated?”

The Winfrey interview was the first in what has since been a string of admissions and tell-all interviews about their lives and the inner workings of the Royal Family.

Last week, Harry appeared in two broadcasts, and spoke candidly of his childhood and the struggles he faced growing up under the weight of royalty.

Sitting down with celebrity Dax Shepard for the podcast, ‘Armchair Podcast’, he caused furore after he claimed the Queen and Prince Philip’s upbringing of Charles had in turn negatively affected his own childhood.

The royal is said to have left senior royals baffled by his “disgraceful” and “woeful lack of compassion”.

Not a week later, the first episode of his and Winfrey’s new Apple TV+ series aired, ‘The Me You Can’t See’, which will see testimonies from celebrities about their battles with mental health.

Here, he accused the Royal Family of “total silence and total neglect” as Meghan struggled to adjust to palace life, and said the family tried to prevent the couple from leaving.

He also told of how, to cope with his mother Princess Diana’s death, he turned to heavy drinking and substance use, as well as fearing media harassment would end in his own wife’s death.

Harry said his biggest regret was not calling out racism in traditional and social media soon enough.

He added that Diana “was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone that wasn’t white”.

He continued: “And now look what’s happened.

“You want to talk about history repeating itself.

“They’re not going to stop until she dies.”

Humphrys is yet to comment on the Armchair Expert podcast or the new Apple TV+ series.

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The Me You Can’t See is available on AppleTV+ now.

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