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Prince Harry 'wanted to rock the boat' with Oprah Winfrey interview, royal expert claims

Prince Harry 'knew what he was doing' by agreeing to his and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview and 'wanted to rock the boat', a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves through the Royal Family in March when they accused the Firm of institutional racism, alleging one member of the family questioned what colour their son Archie's skin would be. 

Harry, 36, also claimed Prince Charles, 72, and brother Prince William, 39, are 'trapped' within the system, and that his father stopped taking his calls post-Megxit.

Speaking to Page Six, royal biographer Ingrid Seward said the Duke 'knew what he was doing', adding: 'I can swear to you that, and he wanted to rock that boat. 

Prince Harry 'knew what he was doing' by agreeing to his and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview and 'wanted to rock the boat', a royal expert has claimed

'Quite why, I don't understand, but he did want to. And then he did, and I don't think he's surprised by the repercussions or that he regrets it for a moment.'

Ms Seward, whose latest book Prince Philip Revealed was published six months before the Duke of Edinburg died aged 99 on April 9, admitted she is puzzled as to why the couple chose to open up to Oprah.

She also said she finds it 'difficult to understand' what point Meghan, 39, was trying to make when she claimed she felt suicidal while pregnant with Archie, but palace staff allegedly ignored her pleas for help.

'You don't go to the HR department in the UK. You go and see a doctor, or you say to your husband, "Darling, I feel dreadful, I need you to find someone",' Ms Seward suggested.

'Harry was in therapy himself, so he must have known people.'

During the Oprah interview, Harry, 36, claimed Prince Charles, 72, and brother Prince William, 39, are 'trapped' within the system, and that his father stopped taking his calls post-Megxit (pictured at Vax Live on May 2)

She also suggested that the Duchess struggled within the confines of the Royal Family because she has always 'had a voice' and felt she'd suddenly been put in a 'straitjacket'. 

Ms Seward added that she doesn't believe Harry explained the basic principles of being a royal to his wife-to-be, and how it differs to being a celebrity in the sense that it's 'not about you, it's about the monarchy'.

Meghan and Harry now reside in a $14million Montecito mansion in California, and yesterday marked Archie's second birthday by asking for $5 donations to aid global distribution of the Covid vaccine.

The couple urged vaccine manufacturers to 'temporarily suspend' intellectual property rights in order to help those in developing countries gain access to jabs.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged supporters to make a donation to a vaccine equity campaign to mark their son Archie's second birthday

William and Harry, who reunited briefly at Prince Philip's funeral last month, are expected to meet again in the summer when they unveil a new statue to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

Insiders hope the July 1 event - done to commemorate what would have been their mother's 60th birthday - will help mend their relationship, which Harry said in the Oprah interview is currently 'space'.

However, royal expert Russell Myers has questioned whether the visit will take place, commenting: 'Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.'

He went on to say how the Duke of Sussex may use the birth of his daughter, who is expected to arrive in the summer, as a 'convenient excuse' not to 'face the family'.

According to a new poll, the Sussexes' approval ratings have fallen again to their lowest-ever levels following Prince Philip's funeral.

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