Linford Christie defends Royal Family after Harry and Meghans comments: Cant judge
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Gold medal winning sprinter Linford Christie, 61, has praised the Royal Family for how they’ve treated him over the years. The former Olympic athlete, who was appointed MBE in 1990 and OBE in 1998 by the Queen, spoke out to defend the royals after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aired their criticisms about “the firm” in recent bombshell interviews with Oprah Winfrey.
Addressing Harry and Meghan’s comments about the royals, Linford said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “For me, I don’t live among them, and I’m not out there to judge.
“And sometimes, you have to go by how people treat you, so therefore if you’re my friend, and you fall out with someone else, it doesn’t mean that I can’t be their friend.
“So until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, you can’t judge and I would never judge.”
The star added: “I can only go by how I’ve been treated by members of the Royal Family, and it’s always been good.”
Linford also reflected on his meetings with the Queen and shared how much he enjoyed their conversations.
He revealed: “I got my OBE from the Queen, and I’d already met her earlier on in the year at the Commonwealth Games and she gave us the medal.
“So it wasn’t as nerve-racking as it would have been if I had just met her for the first time and she is sweet, she is a really genuinely nice person.
“And if she wasn’t the Queen, she would be a person that I could hang out with because she’s down to earth and I’ve got a lot of respect for her, I really have.
“A lot of people complained on both sides when I got the MBE and the OBE, but I came from Jamaica as an immigrant and got my head down, worked hard, and to be recognised at the very top – that’s what we’re about.”
Giving an insight into what the Queen said to him after they met twice in the same year, Linford recalled: “She said it was unusual, because when I met her she said, ‘Hello again Linford, it’s unusual for me to give a medal to a person twice in a short space of time’.
“So she just puts you at ease and I think she’s a lovely person. We’re good friends!”
The Queen received some criticism after Harry and Meghan spoke out against the Royal Family back in March.
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During her first interview with Oprah after moving to the US with Harry, Meghan 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.
The Duchess of Sussex 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.
In a later interview with Dax Shepard, on the Armchair Expert podcast, the Duke of Sussex compared his experiences as a Senior Royal to being on The Truman Show and being in a zoo.
Harry also cast doubt on how he was raised in the Royal Family by his dad Prince Charles, as he said he wants to “parent” his and wife Meghan’s son Archie in a different way.
Harry said during the podcast: “I have moved my whole family to the US.
“That wasn’t the plan! But sometimes you have to make decisions and put mental health first.”
Harry and Meghan announced they had named their daughter Lilibet, which the Duke of Edinburgh used as a pet name for Her Majesty, after she was born last month.
It is understood the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke with members of the family, including the Queen, about their baby girl’s name.
Meghan gave birth to a 7lb 11oz daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4 in California.
Olympic sprinter and prostate campaigner Linford Christie has teamed up with leading cancer care provider GenesisCare and Prostate Cancer Research to encourage conversation around the topic of prostate cancer, find out more at https://www.genesiscare.com/uk/research-finds-black-men-are-unaware-of-their-greater-risk-of-prostate-cancer/
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