Jodie Turner-Smith has hit out at the Royal family for not ‘protecting and embracing’ Meghan Markle.
The 34-year-old star, who has become the first Black actress to play Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 series, sat down with Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold where she shared her feelings on the Duchess of Sussex and how the institution let her down.
‘There’s a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that more represents the world today,’ Jodie said.
‘I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve.’
She continued: ‘They could have embraced it and embraced her fully, and protected her.
‘And protected their son in a way that made him feel like he didn’t need to leave.’
Jodie Turner-Smith plays Anne Boleyn in a new Channel 5 series (Picture: Channel 5)
Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back as senior working royals in March 2020, a move dubbed ‘Megxit’.
The couple, who temporarily relocated to Canada, is now based in Meghan’s home city of Los Angeles with their one-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year (Picture: PA)
In March this year, Meghan and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey to give a tell-all interview where she revealed the pressures of royal life left her suicidal.
‘I didn’t know who to reach out to,’ she said. ‘I thought it (suicide) would solve everything for everyone. I went to Human Resources but they said: “There is nothing we can do to help you because you are not a paid member of the institution.” Nothing was ever done.’
Meghan also claimed that when she was pregnant with Archie, there were concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be within the family.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.