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Queen 'missed opportunity' for Meghan Markle to modernise 'dysfunctional' Royal Family

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dramatically quit their roles as senior royals last year as they wanted to carve out their own financially independent lives in the US. The couple had hinted they were struggling during their 2019 royal trip to South Africa, with Meghan even claiming nobody had asked if she "was okay" after giving birth to son Archie just months before. It wasn't until March this year that Meghan and Harry explained their true reasons for stepping back from the monarchy during a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Actor Jodie Turner-Smith has now said Meghan could have helped change the Firm "to something for the better".

She told The Telegraph: “I think that Meghan could have been that.

“It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way in which it was not allowed to be something that really modernises that institution, and to change it to something for the better.

"I think that’s why there’s dysfunction there.”

The Queen has been warned she

The Queen has been warned she "missed an opportunity" for Meghan Markle to modernise the Firm (Image: PA)

She later added the monarchy should be viewed from a “modern context”.

Ms Turner-Smith said: “Only then we will recognise that certain things are archaic, and don’t really serve us as a community and are limiting us.

“I think we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.”

Meghan also hinted there could have been a missed opportunity for her biracial links to help change the Royal Family's image in the Commonwealth during the Oprah interview.

The Duchess of Sussex has publicly spoken about her struggles within the Royal Family

The Duchess of Sussex has publicly spoken about her struggles within the Royal Family (Image: PA)

She said: “The Commonwealth is a huge part of the monarchy, and I lived in Canada, which is a Commonwealth country, for seven years.

"But it wasn’t until Harry and I were together that we started to travel through the Commonwealth, I would say 60 percent, 70 percent of which is people of colour, right?”

Meghan also talked about her struggles with her son Archie not receiving security after he was not made a prince.

She also suggested Archie was not made a prince because of his race, even though rules set by George V meant he was not entitled to be one.

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Meghan and Prince Harry moved to the US last year

Meghan and Prince Harry moved to the US last year (Image: EXPRESS)

Meghan said: "In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title.

"And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Buckingham Palace said they were "saddened" by Harry and Meghan's claims, but added that "some recollections may vary".

Meghan said not many people had asked if she was

Meghan said not many people had asked if she was "okay" after giving birth to Archie (Image: PA)

Meghan also spoke candidly about the challenges of motherhood to ITV's Tom Bradby in 2019.

The Duchess said at the time: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging.

"And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot."

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