Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former private secretary and chief of staff, compares how the late Princess Diana dealt with monarchy to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal rift in an interview with CNN.
Jephson said that thirty years ago, rifts also started opening up within the royal family. He emphasized that the royal rift has taken on a lot of trappings of a big media story and he hopes that someone will eventually put down their walls and opt for reconciliation.
Days after the CBS special aired, the Palace made an announcement about an investigation for the claims that the duchess allegedly bullied royal staff. Meghan together with her husband denied the said allegations and a lot of their friends came out to defend the criticism.
During the interview with CNN, Diana’s aide shared that he thinks the responsibility of healing from all the damage lies with the senior palace. He also hopes that goodhearted people will help the couple to settle in the new lives that they chose and heal the wounds that the situation brought.
For years, comparisons of Princess Diana and Meghan Markle have been brought up. Meghan has encountered various criticisms from tabloid media a lot of times which can be compared to the past media treatment of Princess Diana.
During her interview with Oprah, Meghan paid her tribute to Diana for her fashion as she has been saying many times before. The duchess wore a bracelet that belonged to Princess Diana and two stones were removed years ago to come with the diamond engagement ring that Prince Harry gave her in 2017.
Meghan and Harry have been dedicated to charity work just as Princess Diana. When the royal exit was made official, Buckingham Palace announced that any honorary military appointment and Royal benefactions held by The Duke and his wife will be returned to the queen.
In a statement, The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex expressed their commitment to their duty to the United Kingdom and will continue to support the organizations that they have represented. For the couple, they can live a life of service for it is universal.