Royal commentator Daniela Elser claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could have learnt about the “power of silence” from the monarch. Ms Elser said that “if ever there has been a time in royal history when the 95-year-old has put that philosophy into blistering effect it has been over the last 365-days”.
The royal commentator highlighted how the Queen released a short statement days after Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview a year ago, but has stayed silent since then.
Ms Elser said that Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, “had only just started speaking their truth”.
Writing for news.com.au, she said: “At the time, it seemed like the palace was being woefully shortsighted, clinging to their time-honoured modus operandi of impervious silence, rigidly refusing to engage or considering doing things differently in the face of even this unprecedented mess.
“However, with the benefit of hindsight, that has proven to be a shrewd approach to a febrile situation.
“No matter whether the Sussexes do have grievances that deserve to be properly addressed (and I think they have some) their repeated, self-righteous repeated airing of family dirty laundry has in fact only really dealt them a PR blow.”
The royal commentator added that Harry and Meghan “both seem to have missed the crucial lesson [the Queen] could have taught them about not only the power but the dignity of silence”.
Ms Elser’s comments come after the Sussexes made a series of bombshell claims about the monarchy in their TV interview in March 2021.
Harry and Meghan accused an unnamed royal of racism against their son Archie before he was born and the institution of failing to help the Duchess when she was suicidal.
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The Sussexes are living in California after quitting as working royals in March 2020.
Harry has returned to Britain twice since Megxit.
But he will not be travelling from the US to the UK for Prince Philip’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey on March 29.
Harry’s spokesperson declined to comment on Friday as to the reason for his decision, but added that he hopes to visit his grandmother the Queen soon.
It comes as he is embroiled in a legal battle with the Home Office over police protection for his family while in the UK.