Prince Harry and Meghan were recently featured on an interview with Oprah Winfrey discussing their relationship with the royal family. After leaving their royal duties in Jan. 2020, they’ve been financially cut off and don’t receive any security protection.
The main shock in the interview was how a royal family member shared their concern with Harry about the color of the baby Archie’s skin before he was born. Family members had expressed “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he is born,” Meghan said. While declining to share the names of those who made those comments, this racist remark, along with those from British media were the main causes of Harry and Meghan’s departure from royal duties.
The couple is currently living off of Harry’s mother’s, Princess Diana, inheritance. The lack of support from the royal family and their absence of an apology leaves Harry and Meghan with a rocky relationship with them.
Another highlight from the interview was how Meghan and Harry had a secret wedding three days prior to the televised royal wedding ceremony. Meghan stated that “we called the archbishop and we just said, ‘This thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.’”
Another controversy that came from these interviews involving Meghan was when she reportedly made Kate Middleton cry. British tabloids created nasty headlines against Meghan, further antagonizing her. Apparently, Kate had actually made Meghan cry over flower girl dresses, not the other way around.
Meghan shared her emotional state due to the hardships she went through at the time before leaving. She had suicidal thoughts, and stated, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
The UK press were upset after seeing the interview, Good Morning Britain stating that “[Meghan and Harry] trashed everything the Queen has worked so hard for and we’re supposed to believe they’re compassionate?”
Buckingham Palace released a statement, the Queen stating, “issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning” and that they will be dealt with “privately.”
Prince William also made a statement on March 11, 2021, stating “we’re very much not a racist family,” and also saying that “I haven’t spoken to [Harry] yet but I will do.”