Jeremy Paxman’s warning to Meghan Markle to join the royal family: “You don’t want to” | Royal | New
The veteran broadcaster, 71, was back on television last night for another “University Challenge” series on BBC2. The second round of the quiz contest continued as two more teams of college students competed in an attempt to secure a place in the quarterfinals. Mr. Paxman is well known for his tough interrogations of politicians and other public figures. The journalist ran the BBC news program “Newsnight” for 25 years.
In addition to asking tough questions of politicians, Mr Paxman also criticized members of the royal family.
Previously, he appeared to warn Meghan Markle about her marriage to The Firm ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry.
The reporter spoke for the documentary “The Royal Wives of Windsor” on Netflix, released in May 2018, before Meghan and Harry got married.
He said: “Every girl dreams of being a princess and in fact I don’t think you want to be a princess if you can avoid it.”
Other commentators have also given their thoughts on how Meghan would fit into the royal family.
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Speaking of the family, royal biographer Penny Junor said: “They are quite strong characters, they are quite opinionated, and they are quite outspoken.”
Historian Kate Williams added: “Meghan is getting married in a very strange institution.
“This is the one she hasn’t seen up close all her life because she’s American.”
In the past, Mr Paxman has expressed his belief that Prince Charles will not inflict his opinions on the public once he is king.
The journalist’s comments on the Prince of Wales came during an event at the Buxton International Festival in Derbyshire in 2017.
“My answer is that it will be a big deal when we have Prince Charles – if he behaves like Prince Charles.
“But I don’t think he will – the role is different. We won’t have his take on talking to the trees or whatever was done to us when he’s a monarch, but when he’s the Prince of Wales he can do whatever he wants.
Charles has attracted major criticism in the past for appearing to lobby politicians on environmental matters, as well as showing his support for controversial causes, such as his support for homeopathy.
Charles denied he would be an “intrusive monarch” when he was interviewed for the BBC documentary “Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70” in 2018.
The Prince of Wales has said it is not ‘that stupid’ to continue to act like he does in his current role once he becomes King.
‘University Challenge’ is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.