Americans 'growing tired' of Harry and Meghan Markle's 'victim narrative' - royal expert

Americans are growing tired of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s victim narrative, a royal commentator has said. GB News’s royal correspondent Cameron Walker told the Daily Express’s Royal Round Up podcast the public believe they have “heard it all before” in a discussion about what the Duke’s new book might include.

The memoir comes after a series of claims were made in the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary series Harry & Meghan.

Recent polling by the Daily Express shows 89.6 percent of respondents would not read the book while 10.4 percent would.

People were asked whether they will read the memoir when it is officially released.

Asked if the polling reflected a feeling among the public that they have heard it all before, Mr Walker said: “Possibly, perhaps - the British public in particular, but also to some extent the United States, are growing weary of this narrative that ‘I’m the victim and my life is terrible’, living in a $10million mansion in Montecito, California.

Harry also reveals to the US broadcaster that he would not return as a full-time royal.

In a series of clips from the Duke’s ITV interview, Harry tells presenter Mr Bradby “it never needed to be this way”. He also refers to “leaking and… planting” before adding: “I want a family, not an institution”. 

He also says “they feel as though it is better to keep us somehow as the villains” and “have shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile”, although it is unclear who he is referring to.

Filmed in California, ITV said Harry: The Interview will go into “unprecedented depth and detail” about his life in and outside the Royal Family.

Mr Bradby, a former royal correspondent, is a friend of the Sussexes and previously interviewed them for a documentary about their 2019 Africa tour.

He famously asked Meghan about her mental health during that interview.

Meanwhile, Harry tells CBS’s Anderson Cooper of the “betrayal” by Buckingham Palace while speaking on the 60 Minutes programme.

In a one-minute extract, Harry says: “Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately, there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife.

“The family motto is ‘never complain, never explain’, but it’s just a motto.

“They (Buckingham Palace) will feed or have a conversation with a correspondent, and that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story, and at the bottom of it, they will say they have reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting.

“So when we’re being told for the last six years, ‘we can’t put a statement out to protect you’, but you do it for other members of the family, there becomes a point when silence is betrayal.”

In another, brief clip released later on Monday, when asked whether he could see himself returning as a full-time member of the royal family, Harry said: “No”.

CBS has described the full interview as “revealing” and Harry’s book as “explosive”. has contacted representatives for the Sussexes. 

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