There comes a moment in every toxic relationship where friends and family of the wronged party must put their own grievances aside to save their loved one from a life of misery.
That time has now come for Prince Harry’s relatives.
An intervention should be staged, no matter the limited likelihood of success, to try and protect the troubled Duke and talk to the couple to sort out fact from fiction.
Because it’s now abundantly clear to anyone that Meghan Markle appears to have no grip on reality and is on a mission to take down the Royal Family, no matter the cost.
The emotionally vulnerable Harry – once a popular and affable chap – appears to have been transported into an alternate universe that is embarrassing and damaging to all parties, especially the monarchy.
The Rubicon has been crossed with the former actress’s latest unhinged tirade against the Royal Family and Britain for The Cut magazine to promote her new Spotify podcast that features a catalogue of distortions.
As the dutiful 96-year-old Queen fights for her health, thousands die in flooding in the Commonwealth country of Pakistan, and Britain is gripped by a cost-of-living crisis, Meghan appears to be on a mission to cause maximum damage to her British relatives by deploying dubious ‘truth bombs’.
An intervention should be staged, no matter the limited likelihood of success, argues Dan Wootton
Prince Charles and William, ideally with peacemaker Kate in tow, should board a plane to California
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3, on their last visit to Britain
The issue is that most of her carefully designed monarchy and media-damaging grenades are usually questionable.
Like her mistaken belief claim that she wouldn’t be able to drop Archie off at school in the UK without 40 photographers taking photos in a press pen.
Meghan moaned: ‘Sorry, I have a problem with that. That doesn’t make me obsessed with privacy. That makes me a strong and good parent protecting my child.’
Er, the problem is, such a scenario is a total nonsense – Prince William and Kate drop off and pick up their three children, including a future king, at school virtually every day, without one photograph being published in the British media. There’s certainly no press pen!
As public figures, the Cambridge’s have made the decision, on very rare occasions, to allow photos to be taken officially, but that is a personal choice that could have easily been rejected by the Sussexes.
When she’s asked in the interview about Thomas Markle, she seemingly uses the opportunity to publicly decimate Harry’s relationship with his own dad Prince Charles.
Recounting a private conversation with her husband, she says: ‘Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process.’ It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but that’s his decision.’
However, Meghan’s pitiful PR bloke Omid Scobie has since clarified: ‘There seems to be confusion in some headlines about this quote in The Cut interview. I understand that Prince Harry is actually referring to Meghan’s loss of her own father, and Meghan is saying she doesn’t want Harry to lose his.’
But, either way, the situation is dire.
When the author Allison P Davis asks if ‘Harry feels isolated without any family nearby’, Meghan again changes the subject to make it about her, responding: ‘Well, look, we’re both building community. I didn’t have friends up here.’
When it comes to Megxit, of course, none of the problems were Meghan’s fault, rather the fact she was a hands-on American apparently.
She groans about being unable to remain working royals while raking in millions from major corporations, laughably claiming: ‘That, for whatever reason, is not something that we were allowed to do, even though several other members of the family do that exact thing.’
Name me a working member of the Royal Family able to do this let alone one prepared to slag off their relatives for a massive pay day – they don’t exist. It’s just more nonsense.
Even more risibly, Meghan makes it clear she believes the Royal Family owes her an apology, as she maintains a thinly veiled threat to release more damaging information if she doesn’t get her own way.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left) with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right) at Westminster Abbey in March 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold hands during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey
‘I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,’ she says. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything. I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.’
No, I don’t like it one bit. It’s blatantly obvious what you’re trying to do.
Harry also makes a cameo appearance to trash his family once again while giving the magazine a tour of the couple’s gigantic home office, where the chairs behind their shared desks have been positioned to look like thrones.
He says ungracefully: ‘Most people that I know and many of my family, they aren’t able to work and live together.’
The delusion is ramped up another level when Meghan is talking about the couple’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians-style reality show, which she claims is actually a historical documentary.
‘The piece of my life I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story,’ she adds.
Pass me the sick bucket. She also describes their relationship as being ‘like salt and pepper. We always move together.’
But perhaps the most ridiculous moment comes when Meghan shares a story of a visit to the 2019 London premiere of The Lion King stage show, where a South African cast member compares her to Nelson Mandela.
She recalls: ‘He looked at me, and he’s just like light. He said, ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison.’
The tone deafness of the post-Megxit Sussexes is clear for all to see, as Meghan waxes lyrical about her $14 million Montecito mansion, featuring a massive grand piano housewarming present from her rich new mate Tyler Perry in her sitting room to ‘write the soundtrack for your life’.
Meghan says they decided to purchase the Beverly Hills country club-style home before stepping foot inside, explaining on a stroll around the garden: ‘One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees. See how they’re connected at the bottom? He goes, ‘My love, it’s us.’ And now every day when Archie goes by us, he says, ‘Hi, Momma. Hi, Papa.’’
Harry and William at the unveiling of a statue of their mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in London on July 1 last year
It’s easy to try and ignore Meghan’s constant whinging and claims of victimhood – after all, this is the first of many woe-is-me interviews planned to plug her Spotify show – but it’s critical the Royal Family read the nonsense tell-all in full to discover just how far down their own rabbit hole the Sussexes now find themselves.
It’s obvious to me they no longer have a shred of respect for the Queen or the monarchy, an institution they seem to wish to damage, even as they continue to profit off their connection to it.
That’s why Prince Charles and William, ideally with peacemaker Kate in tow, should board a plane to California.
I know there’s a million reasons why such an idea would be dismissed as preposterous and impossible, especially given the chance of getting through to Harry seems close to nil – he’s co-pilot of this kamikaze mission, after all.
But at least they would have tried everything, on behalf of the Queen, the institution she has worked her life to protect and the country she loves, to save Harry from this destructive madness.