Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey finally aired last night. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were finally able to speak up about the events that led them to renounce their royal duties, dropping some major bombshells that included awful recounts of racism and insensitive remarks about mental health.
The British royal family is no strange to scandal, from Princess Diana untimely death to the recent accusations that entangled Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son, with Jeffrey Epstein, the Windsor’s have sustained more than their fair share of outrageous events, so many in fact that one would expect more empathy between them, especially when welcoming new members.
Ever since the Queen announced that Harry and Meghan would no longer be working with the royal family numerous rumors have surfaced about the reasons behind it. Tabloids had painted Meghan as an awful villain, who even made the beloved Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, cry.
Oprah’s interview gave the young couple the opportunity to tell their side of the story, revealing that royal life is far from being the fairy tale most people think it is.
From unfair press coverage to lack of support from senior members of Harry’s family, the allegations are endless, but perhaps the most shocking, and problematic one, is that of the blatant racism from the entire royal institution.
The couple revealed that more than one member of the family expressed concern over how dark their baby’s skin would be, after that, they were informed that Baby Archie would no receive any form or title, nor personal security. Meghan described that as a turning point for her, worrying about her son’s safety, especially considering the way paparazzi often stalked them.
Harry expressed disappointment from close family members regarding this matter, “For us, for this union and the specifics around her race, there was an opportunity—many opportunities—for my family to show some public support,” he said. “And I guess one of the most telling parts and the saddest parts, I guess, was over 70 female members of Parliament, both Conservative and Labour, came out and called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Meghan. Yet no one from my family ever said anything. That hurts.”
Furthermore, Meghan mentioned these sorts of actions made her feel trapped, and without a voice. She started to have suicidal toughts. “I was ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. I knew that if I didn’t say it, I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she said. When she asked for help, looking to get inpatient care, she was told that would not be possible because it “wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
In a sort of conclusion for their actions leaving their royal duties, Harry said he didn’t want history to repeat itself, a clear callout to her mother’s death.