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‘A bit of a cheek’: How the people of Windsor reacted to Harry and Meghan’s interview

Written by on 08/03/2021

On the quiet streets of Windsor, usually bustling with tourists in normal times, there was a mixed response to the Harry and Meghan interview.

The town is home to Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip have been staying during the pandemic.

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The historic residence is also where Harry and Meghan tied the knot in 2018 before stepping back from royal duties last year.

Here are just some of the thoughts of locals on the bombshell interview.

‘It’s a bit of a cheek’

Derek Prime said he has no sympathy for the couple
Image: Derek Prime said he has no sympathy for the couple

Derek Prime, who was born and bred in Windsor, has no sympathy for the couple after their Oprah Winfrey interview on Sunday, describing the fact they’d sat down for the chat at all as “a bit of a cheek”.

“The Queen has got enough on her plate without having to worry about other members of her family and those who married into it causing hassle. We can do without it,” he said.

‘Weird timing – but absolutely terrible’

Natalie Buckley has said the concerns about Archie's skin colour were 'absolutely shocking'
Image: Natalie Buckley has said the concerns about Archie’s skin colour were ‘absolutely shocking’

Natalie Buckley said the idea of a conversation about the colour of Archie’s skin was “absolutely shocking”.

“Absolutely terrible. End of story, if that was said that’s absolutely awful,” she added.

But she did question the timing of the interview, describing it as “weird”.

“The bank of sympathy has run a bit dry with people,” she added. “But I also understand they wanted to say their side of the story.”

‘Pure racism’

Sarah said concerns about Archie's skin colour were 'pure racism'
Image: Sarah said concerns about Archie’s skin colour were ‘pure racism’

Sarah, also from Windsor, said she’d been waiting to hear what Meghan had to say.

She was horrified by the alleged concerns before the couple’s son Archie was born about what colour his skin would be.

“It’s pure racism. It was pure hate and why did they preoccupy themselves with such knowing that she is a biracial woman?” she said.

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‘It really upsets me’

Licia Hitching was disappointed that Meghan did not receive help for her suicidal thoughts
Image: Licia Hitching was disappointed that Meghan did not receive help for her suicidal thoughts

There was significant sympathy for Meghan over the revelation that she had considered taking her own life because of the pressure she was under.

Licia Hitching, a student at university nearby, described it as “really gutting” that Meghan was allegedly denied help as she struggled with her mental health.

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“The fact she wasn’t given any support, that really upsets me.”

She also said she hoped that a rift between Harry and his father would be resolved and that “in time things will get better”.

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Julie Blackwell has said she doesn't know if 'bridges can be built again'
Image: Julie Blackwell has said she doesn’t know if ‘bridges can be built again’

Julie Blackwell isn’t so sure.

“I don’t know if bridges can be built again or not,” she said.

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