Why Harry and Meghan Probably Won't *Ever* Address Those Allegations from the Book 'Revenge'

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For years (and years and years), the royal family famously followed the motto "never complain, never explain," which basically meant they had a blanket policy against airing their drama in public or ever commenting on rumors about them.

Clearly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not let that rule hold them back from being transparent with the public (see their Oprah interview, Harry's comments on The Me You Can't See, and his upcoming/already-controversial memoir, just to name a few examples), but that doesn't mean they plan to officially weigh in on every rumor about them that gets buzz. Specifically, don't expect any official comment from Team Sussex about the slew of allegations about them published in Tom Bower's Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors.

"You can’t respond to it all," royal expert Gareth Russell explained Us Weekly. "If you go out answering every single book or allegation, it will consume your entire day. You won’t have spare time to devote to your own mental health and your own well-being."

Revenge included a long list of fresh allegations about Harry and Meghan and their royal exit, including claims that Meghan was upset about her 2017 Vanity Fair cover and rumors that the Queen and Prince Charles were annoyed about her estrangement from her father, Thomas Markle, among others.

Russell says that publicly addressing the book's claims would honestly just be a waste of time for Harry and Meghan.

"When you are as famous as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there is going to be a lot of speculation," he explained. "It doesn’t always do anyone good in public life to always be answering and rebutting those claims."

Still, Russell says Harry and Meghan's willingness to be candid about their lives and struggles—including struggles with other members of the royal fam—is going to be a big part of their legacy.

"I think Harry and Meghan will probably be remembered as the people who bury that [never complain, never explain] attitude for themselves and for future generations of the royals," he added. "And that, maybe, is no bad thing."

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