Pointless: Alexander Armstrong laughs at contestant's answer
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Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong, 51, has shared his beliefs that the Queen is likely be “profoundly saddened” “like all of us” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which they discussed their experiences as Senior Royals. The actor, who met the monarch in 2019, admitted he believes an element of misunderstanding between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal Family could be to blame for the situation.
Alexander, who is one half of beloved TV double act Armstrong and Miller, spoke out on Meghan and Harry’s claims while sharing his support for Smart Energy GB’s study into damaging eco-behaviour on TV.
When quizzed on whether he thinks the Queen will be coping after the explosive interview aired, Alexander said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “I hope so.
“I suspect, like for all of us, she’ll just be profoundly saddened by it. I don’t think anyone set out for anything to end up like this.
“I always think that in nearly every instance things that turn ugly, they almost invariably do so because of a misunderstanding, or because of poor communication.
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“And I think what’s really sad in this instance is that Harry and Meghan are away in another country, and so now more than ever channels of communication need to be kept open, because people misunderstand things.”
Alexander then recalled his own experiences of dealing with misunderstandings and how that made him feel at a time.
The Classic FM presenter divulged: “If I think back with a shudder, and I can, on times when I’ve behaved really badly.
“Or if I’ve spoken unpleasantly to someone, or if I’ve acted impetuously, it’s almost invariably because I’ve felt like I was on the back foot, or I was feeling uncomfortable.
“I wasn’t sure about my status in something, I felt out on the limb, I didn’t feel like I was supported, or I didn’t feel like I had friends around me.”
Alexander then admitted: “It’s always something that’s come out of my own insecurity.
“And in every instance I think a kind word at the right moment – all of my insecurity would have evaporated, I think that’s true for all of us,” he added.
During the interview, Meghan spoke candidly to Oprah on her time as a member of the Royal Family while living in the UK with Harry and their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
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The Duchess of Sussex described the Queen as being “really welcoming” in one part, however, she also discussed how she felt upset after Archie was not made a prince.
She went on to claim that there were multiple conversations and concerns about “how dark” her son’s skin colour would be before he was born.
The host asked who made such a statement. However, Meghan would not reveal who it was, saying it would be “very damaging” to their reputation.
Meanwhile, Alexander has been encouraging households across the UK to become more eco-conscious while getting involved in Smart Energy GB’s new campaign.
It comes after it was revealed that 66 per cent of Britain’s most watched TV shows exhibit damaging eco behaviours, according to new research.
The television star said while discussing the campaign: “I think as many households as possible must try and install smart meters because this means that every household suddenly becomes much more plugged into their domestic consumption.
“And it’s a really clever way of keeping on top of your electricity use and making sure that, where possible, you turn your lights off.
“Just like my dad used to when we were little, I’ve now turned into my dad and I wander around going, ‘Why is this light on? There’s no one in here!’
“Just making sure things are switched off when they’re not needed, it makes a huge difference not just to your household consumption, but also to your utility bills so your outgoings are going to go down, which is great.”
Alexander is working with Smart Energy GB to highlight the small steps Brits can take to do their bit for the environment, such as managing their energy use with a smart meter. For more information visit www.smartenergygb.org/greenonscreen
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