Prince Harry and Meghan have participated in an extraordinary interview with Oprah Winfrey, making a series of far-reaching accusations about life within the royal family.
Here are 12 things we learned:
1. Mental health crisis
The Duchess of Sussex says she had suicidal thoughts during her time as royalty. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear, real and terrifying constant thought. And I remember how [Harry] he just cradled me. “He stated that he asked the palace for help and they denied it.” They said, my heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there is nothing we can do to protect you because you are not a paid employee of the institution. “
2. Reports of racism
The Duchess claimed that while she was pregnant with Archie, concerns were raised with Prince Harry about their baby’s skin color. “In those months when she was pregnant, around the same time, we have in tandem the conversation of, ‘They won’t give you security, they won’t give you a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark her skin is. it could be when he’s born. “Meghan declined to name who voiced those concerns:” I think that would be very detrimental to them. “
Harry declined to share the details of the conversation, but after Winfrey suggested it, he said the questions were like, “How will the children look?”
3. Fight with the Duchess of Cambridge
Duchess denied a news story that she had made the Duchess of Cambridge cry before Meghan and Harry’s wedding, saying it was a turning point in her media relations. When asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan replied, “The opposite happened.”
Meghan called Kate a “good person” but added: “A few days before the wedding, she [Kate] I was upset about something, related to, yes, the problem was correct, about the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings. ”He said Kate apologized at the time and brought her flowers.
4. Meghan was ‘silenced’
“Everyone in my world was given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew that Harry and I were dating, not to always say any comments.”
Meghan said she believed the royal institution was protecting her.
“It was only once we got married and it really started to get worse that I came to understand that not only was I not protected, but they were unwilling to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.”
She agreed with Oprah that she had been “silenced” rather than “quiet” from the moment she started dating Harry.
When asked if he did not have the support of the powers that be, he said: “There is the family, and then there are the people who run the institution, those are two separate things and it is important to be able to divide that because the queen, for example, it’s always been wonderful to me. “
5. Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls.
Prince Harry said his father, Prince Charles, stopped taking his calls about the plan to depart from royal duties. He denied having misled the Queen, saying he respected her too much. “I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls. And then he said, can you put all this in writing? ”
When asked why Charles stopped taking his calls, Harry said: “At that point I took matters into my own hands, it was like I had to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anyone. It’s really sad that it got to this point, but I have to do something for my own sanity, my wife’s and Archie’s as well. “
Prince Charles is now taking their calls, but “a lot of damage has happened” and the couple have “a lot to figure out,” he said. “I’m really disappointed,” Harry said. “He’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like.”
6. Prince Harry has been cut financially.
He said he stopped receiving money from the palace in the first quarter of 2020. He said the need to pay his own security costs was part of the motivation behind the couple’s lucrative deals with companies like Netflix.
The only other money he has left, he said, is what Princess Diana left him.
Meghan said the couple was not being paid for the Oprah interview.
7. Secret wedding
Meghan revealed that they were married in private, three days before their public wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018. Meghan said they exchanged vows “just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
8. is a girl
The couple revealed the sex of their second child. Harry said that the baby, who will be born in the northern hemisphere summer, is a girl. He said he felt “amazing, just grateful.” “To have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for? We have our family.”
The couple said this would be their last child. “Two is,” they said.
9. Meghan can rarely leave the house.
Meghan said she was barely allowed out of the house, because people at “the Firm,” a term for the royal house, were very concerned about “how things would look.”
“I know they are concerned about how it looks,” he said, “but has anyone thought about how it feels?” Because she couldn’t have felt more alone, she said.
10. Harry felt ‘trapped’
Oprah asked Harry if he would have walked away from royal duties if it weren’t for Meghan. “No,” said Harry, he wouldn’t have. He said he was trapped, but he didn’t know he was trapped.
Oprah asked exactly how he was trapped. “Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family. My father, my brother, they are trapped, ”he said.
11. The Queen is “wonderful”
Not everything was bad all the time. Meghan said the queen was always “wonderful” and recalled a train trip they took together when the queen gave her pearl earrings and a necklace, and shared a blanket with her.
Prince Harry said that he had a very good relationship with his grandmother. “She is my commander-in-chief.”
12. They have rescue chickens
Oprah interviewed the couple briefly at their Santa Barbara home. The interview took place in and around a chicken coop, filled with chickens that they rescued from a factory farm. Oprah was holding a box of eggs. Meghan was holding a small basket of eggs. The chicken coop said “Archie’s Chick Inn.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism