Matthew Taylor

Sunday shows round-up: James Cleverly – If the Queen is happy, we should be happy

James Cleverly – If the Queen is happy, we should be happy

Sophy Ridge began the day by talking to the Conservative party chairman James Cleverly. The interview began with the latest developments in the royal family, which from this spring will see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step back from their official duties. The couple will no longer receive public funding, nor use the style HRH. Cleverly told Ridge that he supported the Duke and Duchess’s decision and the arrangement that had been reached:

JC: Harry didn’t choose the life that he was born into… Ultimately, his wife and his child are really important to him, and if they’re finding a way that works for them, and the Queen is happy, then I think we should be happy.

UK is among ‘least racist countries’

Cleverly also dismissed allegations that Meghan Markle had been driven to leave the UK primarily as a result of racism from the media and those around her:

JC: I think that this country is one of the least racist, one of the most open and welcoming countries in the world, and that’s reinforced by things like the British Social Attitudes Survey… [Markle] was subject to a huge amount of media interest, and that can be really difficult to deal with.

‘We want to protect people’ from stalking

The interview moved on to the government’s plans to help victims of stalking. Cleverly said that, as of tomorrow, courts would be able to issue Stalking Protection Orders, which would allow the authorities more licence to act on the offence:

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