Meghan Markle, 39, has continued to be the topic of conversation following the fallout of her interview with Oprah Winfrey, 67, last month. Due to being heavily pregnant, the Duchess was told not to fly over to the UK with her husband Prince Harry, 36, for Prince Philip’s funeral last weekend. However, it is being reported the mother-to-be had a phone call with the Queen, 95, to offer her condolences and during Thursday’s edition of ITV chat show Lorraine, Russell, analysed what this could mean for the Royal Family.
Following the Sussexes move to America last year and stepping back from their royal duties, it has been heavily reported rifts have emerged within the Royal Family.
Most notably, Prince Harry’s relationships with his father Prince Charles, 72, and brother Prince William, 38, have been under particular scrutiny.
The rifts were analysed at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last Saturday as Meghan was absent from proceedings.
Although she wasn’t in attendance, the Duchess still delivered a hand-written letter to offer her sympathies to Her Majesty.
But with a phone call supposedly being held, Russell explained the correspondence could work as a “benefit” for the monarchy.
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Speaking with host Lorraine Kelly, 61, he said: “Well, this is very interesting and maybe plays into the PR aspect of things going on across the pond at the moment.
“Harry couldn’t stay, he was on a tight schedule and of course, Charles wanted to see him and was told he couldn’t.”
Russell stipulated Prince Harry had to leave because his wife is so close to her due date and added: “But we are hearing Meghan spoke to the Queen.
“I think the saga continues and it will be very, very interesting now to see how the rifts on each side are repaired because they haven’t had the opportunity much to speak face-to-face.”
This is because his wife is heavily pregnant and the couple’s first daughter is supposed to be born in June.
However, the expert also mentioned Princess Diana’s statue will be unveiled to the public a month later and Prince Harry could return to the UK for this.
Again, Russell stated this could help to strengthen the repairing of rifts between the two brothers on their mother’s 60th birthday.
Commissioned by both the Dukes, the statue will be placed in the gardens of the Kensington Palace on the 1st July, 2021.
It has been created by the man whose portrait of the Queen appears on all UK coins, Ian Rank-Broadley, and the brother stated they hoped the state would help members of the public to “reflect on her life and her legacy”.
“Our mother touched so many lives,” they continued as they add to the array of permanent tributes to their late mother situated across London.
Most recently, the White Garden was planted at the same location to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.