It has been a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s royal exit, but the bombshell revelations have started to come now. The much anticipated exclusive sit-down of Oprah Winfrey with Harry and Meghan is finally on air in the US.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with the American TV host focused on their side of the story on what it meant to be part of the royal family. They talked about what their life was like living under so much pressure.
During the whole interview, Prince Harry and Meghan make shocking revelations about declining mental health, their relationship with the royals, and the racism accusations. Here’s all you need to know about the sensational disclosures on Oprah Winfrey’s show.
Meghan spoke to Oprah Winfrey alone for most of the interview, and Prince Harry accompanied her in the last part of the show. One of the sweeping revelations that the Duchess of Sussex addressed was that Kate Middleton made her cry ahead of her royal wedding to Prince Harry. On the contrary, the media at the time of the dispute published that Meghan reduced Kate to tears over the flower girls’ dresses row.
However, Meghan Markel told Winfrey, “A few days before the wedding [Kate] was upset about the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry.”
She added that later Kate brought flowers and an apology note to patch things up.
The former Suits star said she doesn’t want to disparage Duchess of Cambridge’s reputation, as she was a “good person” and only wanted her to correct the facts about the dispute.
Another staggering revelation was that an unnamed member of the royal family had concerns about “how dark” Harry and Meghan’s baby would be. The Duchess revealed, “In those months when I was pregnant [there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.”
Harry also disclosed that the royals were reluctant to address the “colonial undertones” of the British media’s news headlines and articles regarding Meghan. It was pretty hurtful for the Duke as he added, “No-one from my family ever said anything over those three years. That hurts.”
Both refused to disclose the royal’s name, who had an awkward conversation about the baby’s skin color, saying it would be “damaging” for the institution when Winfrey pressed.
The Duchess of Sussex spoke about how being part of the royal family took a toll on her mental health. She said that she experienced suicidal thoughts after losing her freedom from joining the royal institution. Her mental health declined to the point that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
Meghan said that she approached a senior member of the family to seek help for her condition. But her pleas were rejected as not being suitable for the institution’s reputation. When Meghan found no one else to turn to, she approached one of Diana’s best friends. According to her, who else could better understand what it felt like on the inside.