A two-hour TV special in which Oprah Winfrey interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a number of bombshell revelations that have been described as “devastating” and approaching “worst-case scenario territory” for Buckingham Palace.
Meghan revealed that she had suffered from suicidal thoughts and that the palace did not help her when asked. She cleared up a number of rumours regarding her relationship with other royals calling the Queen “wonderful” and saying that the whole family had been very welcoming.
In a segment that caused Oprah’s jaw to drop, Meghan said that concerned conversations were had about how dark her child’s skin would be when she was pregnant. Part of the breakdown in relations with the palace appeared to stem from the fact that because Archie was not a prince, he wouldn’t receive protection. The couple revealed their second child, due in the summer, is a girl.
Harry spoke about the other members of the royal family saying that he remains close with the Queen, hopes time will help heal his relationship with his brother, and that for a while Prince Charles would not take his calls. He said that he feels “let down” by his father.
Meghan compares herself to the Little Mermaid
Speaking to Oprah, Meghan recalled the moment she realised that her royal life was like that of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
“I was sitting in Nottingham cottage and Little Mermaid came on. And who, as an adult, really watches The Little Mermaid but it came on and I was like, “Well I’m here all the time I might as well watch this,” she said.
“And I went, “Oh my God she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice. But in the end, she gets her voice back.”
Meghan also expressed that she has “always been outspoken” but has remained “silent” in the years leading up to the CBS interview.
Harry and Meghan say it is a ‘misconception’ to see royal correspondents as reliable
Cutting ties with the “royal rota” of British newspaper coverage, Harry and Meghan wrote that it is a “misconception” that royal correspondents are reliable.
Before discussing their relationship with the press with Oprah, the couple wrote on their website:
“Britain’s Royal Correspondents are regarded internationally as credible sources of both the work of members of The Royal Family as well as of their private lives. This misconception propels coverage that is often carried by other outlets around the world, amplifying frequent misreporting.
“Regrettably, stories that may have been filed accurately by Royal Correspondents are, also, often edited or rewritten by media editorial teams to present false impressions.”
The Royal Rota system is made up of The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Standard, The Telegraph, The Times, The Sun.
Since Harry and Meghan left the system in spring 2020, people have pointed out the double-standards in the way Meghan was covered compared with Kate.
Biggest moments from historic interview
From racism claims about the colour of baby Archie’s skin to mental health struggles, Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah has thrown up plenty of talking points.
Here are the highlights:
Voices: How might the palace respond?
Ali-Asghar Abedi offers some ideas.
Oprah gasps in horror at Meghan’s racism bombshell
Oprah Winfrey was left stunned during Meghan Markle’s sit-down interview when the Duchess of Sussex revealed that there had been conversations within the palace about “how dark” her unborn child’s “skin might be when he’s born”.
“What?” she asked. “Who is having THAT conversation… with you? What? Hold up, hold up. There’s a conversation with you…”
“With Harry,” Meghan corrected.
“About how dark your baby is going to be?”
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Meghan compares herself to the Little Mermaid
At one point during the Oprah interview, Meghan recalled a moment when she was sat at home and the Little Mermaid come on TV – and she found herself relating to the heroine Ariel.
“I went, ‘Oh my God she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice.’
“But in the end, she gets her voice back,” she said.
Harry confirms he watches The Crown as Oprah compares show to real life
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed they’ve seen “some of” Netflix’s The Crown after Oprah Winfrey compared the couple’s life to the most recent season of the hit show.
Harry also spoke about the Netflix series during a recent segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fiction,” he said. “But it’s loosely based on the truth.”
Rachel Brodsky reports from Los Angeles.
How people are reacting to the interview
What’s a good made-for-TV moment if it doesn’t get the people talking? And talk they have, as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey sat down for a tell-all interview on Sunday.
The spectacle of the conversation, the couple’s first joint interview in years, has provoked a range of reactions – and that’s before it has even aired in some countries.
Josh Marcus scoured social media to see what people are saying about the big chat. Here’s what you need to know.
The rift with William
Prince Harry says that a distance has formed between him and his brother Prince William as he has stepped back from the royal family.
He said the relationship is one of “space at the moment,” but reiterated his love for his brother and said “time heals all things, hopefully.”
Josh Marcus reports.
Meghan and Harry reveal how the royal fairytale ended
Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell TV interview that a member of the royal family once raised “concerns” about the colour of her unborn child’s skin, as Prince Harry revealed that he’s fallen out with his brother and his father stopped taking his calls.
Meghan refused to say which royal had brought up the subject of race with Harry, insisting it would be “damaging” to that member fo the family.
Harry also refused to discuss with which royal he had the “awkward” conversation and told Oprah: “That conversation I’m never going to share.”
Meghan also told Oprah of her “pain” that Archie had been refused the title of prince, and that he had been denied round-the-clock security.
Graeme Massie reports from Los Angeles.