GMB: Jacqui Smith discusses Harry and Meghan's documentary
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Iain Dale and former Labour MP Jacqui Smith joined Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain on Friday to discuss the fallout of Netflix series Harry & Meghan. Broadcaster Iain criticised the couple for not making it clear the Queen “personally tried to make Meghan feel welcome” when she entered into the Royal Family.
Iain remarked: “One thing that probably doesn’t come through in this is how the Queen tried to make them make her welcome in the Royal Family.
“I had Gyles Brandreth on my show last night, he’s written this new book about the Queen.
“And he went into quite a lot of detail about what she personally did to try and make Megan feel welcome.
“Yet we’re given the impression, I think through what they’ve been saying that that there was nothing like that at the beginning at all and right from the start, she felt a complete outsider.”
Jacqui noted: “What she says is she didn’t really feel she got training to be able to deal with it.”
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Interrupting, Iain asked: “Well, what was her husband doing? Seriously?”
Kate interjected: “Immediately I was thinking if Diana was there you’d think the the mum would come in [and help].
“He said, ‘Oh, I didn’t think about the woman’s side of it, how they’re going to be criticised for what they wear because that’s one thing I’d never had.’
“You think, ‘Gosh, how sad that Diana wasn’t there because she would have done that so well.’”
Jacqui added: “I do think the front [page] of the Mirror is right though. I think there will be quite a lot of people who may have watched it or haven’t watched it, but if they have watched it they’ll have seen that this couple, they’re a bit angsty, but they’re also living in rather splendid [surroundings].”
Broadcaster Iain went on to discuss the Royal Family’s relationship with the media.
“This is part of being in the Royal Family, it goes with the job, dealing with the media,” he said.
“They’ll be some journalists that he didn’t get on with but he and Prince William cultivated Tom Bradbury of ITN, that’s how Tom is a fantastic journalist doesn’t fit the tabloid mould at all.
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“Anybody in the public eye has journalists they are friends with or deal with and journalists that they don’t like to deal with.
“That’s just part of being in the public eye. I completely understand where he’s coming from in the fact that how the press treated his mother and he didn’t want that to happen to his wife.
“I’ve got a lot of sympathy with him on that front.”
Iain admitted he hadn’t watched the Netflix series yet and wasn’t rushing to do so.
In the Netflix series, Meghan opened up on her first meeting with the Queen.
“There wasn’t like some big moment of, now you’re going to meet my grandmother,” Meghan said. “I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before.
“We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge (in Windsor) for lunch, and he’s like, ‘Oh, my grandmother’s here, we’re going to meet her after church’.
“And I remember we were in the car driving up and he’s like, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.
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