Meghan Markle on needing "a lot of energy to forgive" the royals

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has opened up about her and Prince Harry's new life in Montecito, California, along with their two children; Archie and Lilibet. Obviously it's no secret that in order to up sticks and leave the UK, the pair made the difficult choice to step away from their roles as senior working royals – and have since been sporadically sharing what life with 'The Firm' was really like (from their perspective).

Now, as part of her new cover story with The Cut, Meghan has indicated that everything between her, Harry and the other royals is still - sadly - not exactly plain sailing. When asked about forgiveness and letting go of past grievances with both her own family (including father Thomas Markle) and her in-laws, the Duchess replied (a tad cryptically): "I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive, but it takes a lot of effort to forgive."

She also suggested that there's a lot more that's happened behind the scenes that the public are unaware of, and that in holding that information back she is keeping the peace. "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."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

The Duchess also got candid about how press interference came between both her and her family, and Harry and his. "Harry said to me, 'I lost my dad in this process'. It doesn't have to be the same for them [the royals] as it was for me, but that's his decision."

Later, journalist Omid Scobie, who wrote the biography of their relationship and UK departure Finding Freedom (the sequel to which is set to be in the works) with the aid of former Harry and Meghan staffers, tweeted to clarify that when Meghan said 'I lost my dad' it was in reference to her splintered relationship with Thomas Markle, as opposed to Prince Harry and Prince Charles (although the wording in the article does not make this clear).

"There seems to be confusion in some headlines about this quote in The Cut interview," Scobie wrote. "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."

In contrast, Prince William and Kate Middleton (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), the Queen and Prince Charles have kept relatively quiet about their relationship with the Sussexes since their decision to step down was announced.

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