Royal Family much closer than we think, claims Joanna Lumley on alleged division

Royal Family much closer than we think, claims Joanna Lumley on alleged division

Joanna Lumley says we cannot 'second guess the future' for Royals

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Joanna Lumley, 75, believes that we “don’t actually know what’s going on inside” with the Royal Family. Joanna gave a very candid view of the family as she spoke to Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross show, airing on Saturday evening.

That family’s much closer than we think.

Joanna Lumley

Talking about the alleged divide between the family, Joanna said: “I think we all look from the outside and we don’t actually know what’s going on on the inside – we second guess it.

“And I think we all believe television shows that are made about them, like The Crown.

“I don’t watch it because I know it’s made up… these are real people and suddenly they’re made up to be different people and I don’t think it’s right.”

Joanna continued: “I don’t think we really know what goes on behind anybody’s closed doors.

“I think, I have a suspicion that that family’s much closer than we think.”

The royals have dominated conversation for a number of years but more than ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were to take a “step back” from royal duties in January 2020.

The joint statement at the time read: “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

In the couple’s tell-all interview with Oprah, Prince Harry revealed the primary reasons for them leaving their royal roles was a “lack of support and lack of understanding” from both the media and the Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on the issue on February 19 this year.

It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.

“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”

In addition to losing their involvement with numerous UK charities and patronages, Prince Harry lost his honorary military appointments with The Royal Marines, the RAF Honington, and the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving.

People reported at the time that the couple will retain their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles and will still be referred to as His/Her Royal Highness, though they do not actively use either of their titles.

In the couple’s tell-all interview in March, Harry compared his situation to his mother’s before her tragic death.

He said: “For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for [Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago.

“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other.”

Harry and Meghan have always maintained they are still very close with the Queen, with Harry coming back to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral in April.

Meghan remained in California as she was not given clearance to fly because of her pregnancy.

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