Heartbreaking, the truth interview given by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on March 7 woke up the painful memory of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales who died in 1997 following a car accident under the Alma Bridge, in Paris. Faced with journalist Oprah Winfrey, the Duke of Sussex explained the reasons for his break with the monarchy, saying he witnessed the descent into hell of his wife, harassed by the media as was his mother in her time. “I do not want history to repeat itself”, confided the prince with emotion, assuring that he preferred to leave rather than to let his wife be silenced by the royal advisers.
“Silenced” are the words Meghan Markle used in the face of Oprah Winfrey to describe what she suffered following her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018. According to her, the Duchess of Sussex would have suffered deeply morally, plagued by dark thoughts and a loss of will to live. But in calling for help from key members of the court, Prince Harry’s wife reportedly got no support from royal advisers.
The Princess of Wales faces the “men in gray”
In her time, the Princess of Wales nicknamed these same advisers the “men in gray”, a name that speaks a lot to the Duchess of Sussex today. After her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, Lady Diana also had to face media pressure and constant surveillance from the Queen’s advisers, who controlled her lesser actions. It was just before her divorce from the Prince of Wales in 1991 that the latter spoke of the famous “men in gray” for the first time. Shadows, “dark forces” often seen as the British equivalent of the CIA, constantly reminding Diana that she was being watched.
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