Jodie Turner-Smith criticises royal family for not protecting Meghan Markle

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Anne Boleyn actress Jodie Turner-Smith has criticised the royal family for "not protecting and embracing" Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The 34 year old has been praised for becoming the first Black actress to take on the role of Henry VIII's ill-fated second wife in the new Channel 5 drama Anne Boleyn.

However, the actress has claimed Meghan, 39, was not given support during her time with the royals.

When quizzed about her thoughts on the Duchess of Sussex during a Good Morning Britain interview, Jodie said: "There's a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that represents the world today.

"I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve," she told Richard Arnold during the pre-recorded segment on Tuesday.

Jodie dded that the royals "could have embraced it and embraced her [Meghan] fully, and protected her."

"And protected their son in a way that made him feel like he didn't need to leave," she said.

Meghan and Harry, who wed in 2018, stepped down from royal duties in March 2020 and later relocated to California.

After their move across the pond, Meghan discussed her time in the royal family in an interview with Oprah in March.

She told the presenter that her mental health greatly suffered during that time and also claimed there were concerns over the colour of her then-unborn son Archie's skin.

Harry also dropped a number of shocking claims about his life growing up in the spotlight during his mental health series, The Me You Can't See, with Oprah.

Harry pledged to "break to cycle of pain and suffering" as he discussed Prince Charles' parenting.

The couple welcomed son Archie in 2019, and Meghan is currently pregnant with their second child, a little girl.

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