Royal Family Accused of ‘Double Standards’ | 22 Words

As their highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey looms, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been facing a lot of heat from global media outlets and, of course, the royal family.

But now, the royal family has been accused of "double standards" for not giving Prince Andrew the same treatment...

Because as we all know, Prince Andrew was involved with the notorious Jeffrey Epstein for a number of years.

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Why isn't he being probed as heavily as Harry and Meghan are?

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.

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."

"My life is always going to be about public service and Meghan signed up for that."

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"The 2 of us enjoy doing that and trying to bring compassion and try to make people happy, and try to change the world in any small way we can," he explained.

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.

The highly-anticipated interview is set to air this weekend on March 7th.

However, with this announcement also came some news of a less favorable nature.

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Reports of Meghan "bullying" service members during her time in Buckingham Palace resurfaced following Oprah's interview revelation.

A source told The Times that Meghan reportedly drove 2 personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

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Jason Knauf, former communications assistant for the couple, allegedly submitted the complaint in October 2018 to protect palace staff who were allegedly coming under pressure from the duchess.

According to the report, an aide feared that a row may erupt over whether the Duchess had been told that the media would be present at an event.

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The aid allegedly said, "I feel terrified. I can't stop shaking."

Another source also claimed that there were "a lot of broken people; young women were broken by their behavior." An ex-employee also alleged they'd been personally "humiliated" by Meghan.

Of course, Meghan has denied all allegations of bullying...

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With a spokesman noting that she was "saddened by this latest attack on her character."

He then stressed that she "is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma."

Buckingham Palace is reportedly "investigating" these bullying accusations made against Meghan...

But this has gotten people wondering... why on earth hasn't this happened sooner to Prince Andrew?

Twitter hasn't held back...

Now, we all know that last year, Prince Andrew was involved in perhaps one of the biggest royal scandals in history.

The Queen's son was publicly friends with the notorious sex offender and pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, and he has been accused of soliciting sexual acts with numerous underage girls in the late 1990's.

Prince Andrew denied all the accusations and even tried to deny his friendship with Epstein.

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And unsurprisingly, the royal family simply swept the scandal under the carpet with minimal fuss.

So, it comes as no surprise to hear the royal family being accused of double standards.

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In an interview with Sky News, Carolyn Durant, the co-author of a biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle called Finding Freedom, accused the palace of hypocrisy in the matter.

"Why is there an investigation into this bullying but there's not been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein and the women who have made allegations?" Durant asked.

He then pondered:

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"Why hasn't he been urged to cooperate with U.S authorities? Why were Prince Harry's military honors stripped [after he stepped down as a working royal] but Prince Andrew's haven't been?"

The question Durant has asked is so important...

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Because if Prince Andrew really is as innocent as he claims, why is he refusing to help the FBI in their investigation into Epstein? And why is the royal family allowing him to dodge this huge responsibility?

Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special will premiere on CBS News on March 7th, 8 pm.