PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s refusal to “put up and shut up” could prove “problematic” for the royal family, says a commentator.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened in an emotional ITV documentary on Sunday which showed them “in a fragile place.”
During his interview with host Tom Bradby, Harry said he has grown apart from brother William, and Meghan admitted she is struggling to cope as a new mum in the spotlight.
In the documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, Meghan said that keeping quiet and having a "stiff upper lip" about the scrutiny she faces is "damaging".
Writing for the Telegraph, royal commentator Camilla Tominey said: “In insisting he will protect his family at all costs, backed up by Meghan saying she will not adopt the ‘British stiff upper lip’ – the Sussexes appear to be saying something deeper about their ongoing role in the Royal Family.
“They are no longer willing to put up and shut up – which could prove problematic for a family that has traditionally kept calm and carried on.”
The columnist said that royal sources have told her that the Sussex couple feel like they are “completely on their own”, which is why they felt the need to open up.
Addressing the widespread criticism the couple faced this summer, Meghan admitted: "I've said for a long time to H – that's what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something, right?
"That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive.
"You've got to feel happy and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried."
FANS SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE SUSSEX COUPLE
Meghan Markle received a huge outpouring of support from over 70,000 fans after she appeared close to tears discussing the difficulties of motherhood.
The hashtag "WeLoveYouMeghan" was the top trend on Twitter in response to the footage, in which the Duchess of Sussex described herself as having felt "vulnerable".
In the documentary, Meghan replies to a question about her physical and mental health by describing the recent difficulties she's gone through since becoming a royal and new mum.
In a preview clip of the programme, Meghan revealed her new royal life has been "a struggle" adding: "Not many people have asked if I'm OK."
On Twitter, the caring hashtag began trending within an hour of British writer Greg Hogben urging people to share their support.
Meghan also said that not many people had asked if she is ok in her new role as a royal.
It is understood the Queen would have been "a little bit dismayed" by the broadcast of personal relationship details to the public.
But a Buckingham Palace spokesman wouldn't comment on any private conversations the Monarch may have had with her grandsons.
One senior courtier was reported as saying: “I know the Prince of Wales has several times reached out to Meghan. They get on and share a love of music.
"I know he invited her to a preview of an exhibition at the palace.
“The Queen has been a source of strength too and invited them both to Balmoral where family problems are usually aired.”
Royal commentator Camilla added that both Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles suffered negative press when they entered the royal family, but they “rose above” it.
Within hours of the documentary airing Palace sources were playing down suggestions William was “furious” with Harry over the ITV documentary.
One said: “Anybody who watched it would feel compassion and concern.
“As Harry has said, he knows his brother is there for him. They have been on different paths for many months.
“But there is no anger between them.”
THE SPLIT BETWEEN WILLIAM AND HARRY IN THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD
Tensions between the brothers blew up ahead of last year’s royal wedding after William is said to have privately expressed concern about Harry’s whirlwind romance with Meghan.
The two couples also split over their charitable work, with Harry and Meghan set to launch their own royal foundation next year.
The source said the splits in the royal households were made worse by the departure of the Queen’s respected former private secretary Christopher Geidt, who resigned in 2017 after ten years.
Harry said that he and William have “good days” and “bad days”.
The Duke of Sussex added: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”
A senior Kensington Palace source said William is genuinely worried for Harry and Meghan after their emotional TV interview and hopes they “are all right”.
Harry and Meghan were interviewed by Tom for a documentary about their recent ten-day tour of Africa with five-month-old son Archie.
On the documentary, Prince Harry said he would love to leave the UK and base his family in Cape Town.
The couple said they wish to focus their life’s work predominantly on Africa, and could even build a lodge there.
The programme also included Meghan holding back tears as she revealed her ‘struggle’ as a ‘vulnerable’ pregnant woman and new mum.
The couple also revealed that baby Archie finally ‘found his voice’ on African Tour and became chattier than ever.
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