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Expert Comment: Meghan and Harry accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after claiming they were ‘cut off’ by Prince Charles

A friend of Prince Charles has laid into Harry and Meghan, as royal insiders scramble to come to terms with the couple’s explosive Oprah interview.

The tell-all included a string of shocking allegations, including that an unnamed royal questioned their son Archie’s skin colour, that the palace refused to help Meghan after she experienced mental health problems and suicidal thoughts – and that Prince Charles had stopped taking Harry’s calls, and had cut him off financially.


Australian public relations expert Nicole Reaney told the interview was held for one major reason – to boost the breakaway royals’ image.

“The interview was devised to provide an uninterrupted platform for Meghan and Harry to portray their version of events and an insight into their perspective,” she said.

“It was strategic and considered to hold the interview on home soil with a leading celebrity interviewer who would build and attract a global audience – a perfect publicity formula – while being supportive and emotive to every issue raised by Meghan.”

But Ms Reaney said the interview was so damaging to both camps that “neither side wins this PR battle”.

“For the royal family, many stand by the manner they have dealt with the fallout, while others, namely based in the US, stand by Meghan where mental health, pregnancy and race are highly sensitive topics,” she said.

“The three-sentence media statement by the royal family was a highly intelligent response to a two-hour tell-all that attracted 50 million viewers, and enabled them to ‘buy time’ and quickly defuse the allegations.”

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Nicole Reaney, Director of InsideOut PR and founder of influencer agency, #AsSeenOn . Nicole has extensive experience in corporate and consumer PR and Communications and is available to comment on topics.

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