Asking the questions was McGahn’s friend William J. Hughes Jr., son of the Democratic former congressman and ambassador for whom the Hughes Center is named.

“It’s timely that you’re here. Couldn’t come at a better time,” Hughes started by saying. “You have some on one side saying actions were necessary — almost required — and on the other side saying actions aren’t justified — it was rash and an institution is in jeopardy. I ask you about … Harry and Meghan?”

“That’s a tough one,” McGahn said, playing along. “Not as tough as where I thought you were going. I heard she called the queen and said she thought it was a perfect call.”