Viewers Think Meghan Markle Was Inspired By Wallis Simpson | 22 Words

Oprah Winfrey's exclusive tell-all interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aired last night and, as expected, viewers have been left reeling at the scandalous details revealed during the 2-hour-long chat.

But, out of all the royal tea spilt, there is something else that people are talking about...

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And that's the inspiration behind Meghan's outfit.

Here's the full story...

Now, many would argue that, since stepping down as senior royals in January 2020, the scrutiny surrounding Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, has intensified to unimaginable levels.

In a joint statement via Instagram, Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted "a normal upbringing for their child" and they felt that spending their time between the U.K. and America would be much more appropriate for their family environment.

Quite understandably, this came as a huge shock worldwide...

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As it did to the royal family themselves.

Reports at the time of the announcement claimed that the Queen wasn't notified of Harry and Meghan's plans to step down until after their social media revealation.

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Her Majesty published a statement shortly afterward, which read:

"Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

Harry's relationship with his brother, William, also came under strain following his departure, reports claimed.

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The future King of England was reported to have distanced himself from Harry and Meghan, with claims surfacing that the pair didn't speak for months.

But, regardless of the controversy, the couple stuck to their word and made the move to Los Angeles...

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Where they remain today in Montecito, Santa Barbara, an area renowned for its secluded hillside estates that promise the utmost privacy and, thus, have attracted a whole host of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all own homes there.

The pair seem to be living the lives they've always wanted in L.A...

And to make things even more exciting, they announced on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child together with this highly-publicized photoshoot.

But despite the big move and step down, the couple still weren't content with their roles in the British monarchy...

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So, last month, they announced that they would officially not be returning as working members of the royal family.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the royals were "saddened by their decision" but that Harry and Meghan "remain much-loved members of the family."

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"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the statement read.

"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

Predictably, the announcement triggered a media storm...

And among all of the love and support came the negativity and surges of criticism.

In the weeks following their dramatic departure, the couple remained relatively under the radar...

Until Harry took part in a widely televised interview with friend and host, James Corden.

The royal appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in his first public interview since stepping down to chat about his new life in L.A.

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He was interviewed by Corden on an open-top tour bus - all while drinking tea, of course - as he opened up about what life has been like for him, Meghan, and Archie in the last year.

Here, Harry also revealed - for the first time - the reason he and Meghan stepped away from the royal family.

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When asked, "what made you walk away from the royal family?", Harry politely corrected him by saying, "I didn't walk away."

"It was stepping back rather than stepping down. It was a really difficult environment that I think a lot of people saw... we all know what the British press can be like! And it was destroying my mental health, I was like 'this is toxic!'"

"I did what any husband and father would do."

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"I needed to get my family out of there!" he then said.

"But we never walked away. And as far as I'm concerned whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing but my life is public service, so wherever I am in the world it's going to be the same thing."

Following this groundbreaking interview, it was then announced that the couple had sat with their friend and broadcasting giant, Oprah Winfrey, for a tell-all interview.

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Well, the segment aired last night and, of course, many bombshells and revelations were dropped.

Both Meghan and Harry discussed highly personal topics, such as the effect the bad press had on their mental health...

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And the truth behind various allegations made by the press, such as Meghan allegedly making her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry - according to Meghan, Kate was the one to make her cry.

There were even accusations of systematic racism within the monarchy.

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Meghan revealed that there had been "some concern" surrounding the color of Archie's skin when she was pregnant.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he won't be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born."

However, putting piping hot royal tea to one side...

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There's one other aspect of the interview that has got everyone talking.

Some viewers are convinced that Meghan's outfit choice was a subtle nod to the late Wallis Simpson.

Her dress, a $4,700 Armani number that featured a belted stomach and floral embroidery over one shoulder, bore a striking resemblance to a dress Wallis once wore in a 1936 portrait.

Now, for those who aren't aware, Wallis was the American woman for who King Edward VIII abdicated the throne.

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King Edward famously abdicated so he could be with Wallis who, like Meghan, had been previously married - back then, it was forbidden for any member of the royal family to marry a divorcee.

As Edward's brother and Queen Elizabeth's father, King George, took over the throne, Wallis quickly became demonized and hated across the nation...

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A backlash which many compare to the current treatment of Meghan.

​Wallis went on to receive hoards of abusive hate mail and was also accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.

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Yet, regardless of the backlash, she went on to marry Edward 6 months after he abdicated in the South of France - they remained married until his death in 1972.

Wallis died fourteen years later.

Of course, the meaning behind Meghan's outfit choice remains down to speculation only.

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Make sure to stay posted for further updates on Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview.