Joanna Lumley was anxiously avoiding Meghan and Harry interview

Joanna Lumley was anxiously avoiding Meghan and Harry interview

Harry & Meghan: Who was late for their first date?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to release their own documentary to give fans an insight into their world after leaving the Royal Family in 2020. In the trailer, the Duchess of Sussex can be heard saying, “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

Ahead of its release, many questioned why they felt the need to make the show after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.

Their chat with the talk show host was the first time they broke their silence after announcing they had left the Royal Family.

During the interview, the couple made a series of revelations which prompted Buckingham Palace to issue a rare statement.

The biggest bombshell of the discussion was when the pair said an unnamed member of the family had “concerns” about the colour of their son’s skin.

The interview sparked many to share their opinion including Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, 76, was one of many who commented at the time.

Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, she said the couple’s move had spread “unhappiness” and that she felt sorry for the royals.

She said at the time: “I don’t want to get in too deep because I know people have gone very sensitive on all sides about this, but it did seem to me a bit one-sided because everybody knows that the Royal Family can’t really answer back.

“So no matter what you say, they can’t answer back. So I was anxious not to watch it, actually. I didn’t want to watch it and I didn’t watch the interview.

“But you can’t avoid it because everybody’s talking about it, it’s on all the news and in all the papers. I feel terribly sorry about the whole thing.

“I’m so sorry for that whole family, who we love so much.

“Everybody was so happy at the wedding and I just think it spread a bit of uneasy and unhappiness just when we should be spreading unity and positivism and lots of love.”

Joanna is yet to give her opinion on the pair’s new Netflix documentary.

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Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Joanna for comment.

Joanna was one of many who paid tribute to the late Queen back in September.

The film star said the Queen represented “all that was kind and fair, brave and good-hearted, noble and entirely admirable”.

She added: “We shall miss her with all our hearts and wish her safe travelling on her final great journey.

“She was adored and respected; and as we send our loving sympathies to all the members of the royal family, we count ourselves lucky to have lived during her long and fabulous reign.

“God bless her and long live our great new King.”

Joanna has been a long-term friend of King Charles III, who succeeded the Queen following his mother’s death. 

The late monarch died aged 96 surrounded by her loved ones at Balmoral Castle. 

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