Mic drop. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview didn’t hold back. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for CBS’ Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special on Sunday, March 7.
The two-hour interview saw Meghan and Harry sit down with Oprah as they talked about why they left the British royal family in January 2020. At the time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on their Instagram at they decided to take a step back as “working” members of the royal family to move from London to North America.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple wrote in a statement at the time. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
After their announcement, news broke that Meghan and Harry had moved to Canada, where the Duchess of Sussex lived while she filmed her USA Today TV series, Suits. The two then relocated to Los Angeles before moving again to Montecito, a neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California. The couple have a home there with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. So what did Harry and Meghan say in their Oprah interview? Well, read on for all the royal tea they spilled.
They’re Having A Baby Girl
Harry and Meghan confirmed to Oprah that they’re having a baby girl. Between their two dogs, baby boy Archie and baby girl on the way, Harry asked Oprah, “What more could you want?”.He continued, “But now, you know, now we’ve got our family. We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.” When Oprah asked the couple if they’re done with kids, the two confirmed that their family is set with two children. “Done,” Harry said. The baby is due in the summer.
The Royals Had Concerns Over Archie’s Skin Tone
Meghan revealed to Oprah that, while she was pregnant with Archie, various royal family members expressed “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born.” Meghan continued, “There are several conversations, potentially and what that would mean or look like.”
When Oprah pressed Meghan to reveal the names of the royal family members who had these concerns, the Duchess of Sussex declined. “I think that would be very damaging to them,” Meghan said.
Kate Made Meghan Cry
After Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May 2018, the U.K. media reported that Meghan made her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry because of an argument they had over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress. In her Oprah interview, Meghan refuted the reports and revealed that the opposite happened and it was Kate that made her cry. “A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings,” Meghan said.
Meghan then revealed that Kate has since apologized and given her flowers after their disagreement. Still, Meghan said that it’s been “hard to get over” the fact that the story has been out there but no one in the royal family has clarified it.
“I’m not sharing that piece about Kate in any way to be despairing about her,” Meghan said. “I would hope that she would have wanted that corrected. Maybe that, in the same way, they wouldn’t let anyone negate it, they wouldn’t let her. She’s a good person. If you love me, you don’t have to hate her.”
Meghan Experienced Suicidal Thoughts
Meghan detailed a harrowing set of circumstances, such as being told she couldn’t go to lunch with friends when she had only left the house a couple of times in four months. She also reported being excluded from conversations about baby Archie before he arrived, such as how he wouldn’t be a prince and how dark his skin might be. She began to suffer from suicidal thoughts: “I thought it would be better if I wasn’t there,” she told Oprah.
“Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it,” Meghan said. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
Charles Stopped Talking to Harry
Harry revealed that his father, Prince Charles, “stopped taking” his calls after he and Meghan announced their decision to take a step back from the royal family. “I took matters into my own hands,” Harry explained as to why his father cut off communication with him. Harry also told Oprah that he had been “cut off” financially from the royals after he and Meghan left and has been living off an inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana.
“I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson,” Harry said of Charles. “I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened. And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Harry Didn’t Blindside the Queen With His Exit
In the interview, Harry denied that he blindsided his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, when he and Meghan announced their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family in January 2020. He revealed that he told his father, Prince Charles, about the decision previously and gave the royals a lengthy document about his and Meghan’s decision and when they would announce it publicly. As for where the report that he blindsided the Queen came from, Harry told Oprah that it likely originated “within the institution.”
Harry also revealed that the lack of support the royal family gave to Meghan when it came to racism and social media bullying was one of the main reasons the couple left. He added that with race and social media also added, it had the potential to get very scary. “I think the biggest turning point for me was this union, us, me having a girlfriend, was going to be a thing. Of course, it was,” he said. “[We left because of] lack of support and lack of understanding.”
Meghan & Harry Got Married Before Their Wedding
One bombshell from the interview was when Meghan revealed that she and Harry married in their backyard with a church official three days before their May 2018 wedding. She confirmed that the only people at the ceremony were her, Harry and the church official. “Three days before our wedding, we got married,” Meghan said.
Meghan Learned to Curtsy Moments Before Meeting the Queen
Meghan recalled the first time she met the Queen in her Oprah interview. She revealed that she and Harry were in the car on the way to meet the Queen when he asked her if she knew how to curtsy. “He goes, ‘Right, do you know how to curtsy?’ Now, I thought genuinely that that was what happens outside,” she shared. “I didn’t think that’s what happens inside. And I said, ‘But it’s your grandmother.’ He goes, ‘It’s the queen.'”
She then revealed that Harry and Harry’s aunt, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, helped her practice in the parking lot before she went inside to meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time.
The Royals Once Blocked Meghan From Talking to Oprah
In the interview, Oprah revealed that she first talked to Meghan about an interview in February or March 2018 before the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. “I just want to say that I called you in either February or March 2018 before the wedding, asking, ‘Would you please give me an interview?'” Oprah said. “And you said, ‘I’m sorry. It’s not the right time.’ And finally we get to sit down and have that conversation.”
Meghan went on to explain that she turned Oprah down because of the royal family “I remember that conversation very well. I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally. There had to be people sitting there,” Meghan said. Oprah added, “There were other people in the room when I was having that conversation. You turned me down nicely, ‘Perhaps there will be another time. When there’s a right time.'”
Oprah then asked Meghan why now is the right time for them to have their interview. Meghan responded, “As an adult who lived a really independent life, to then go into this construct that is different than I think what people imagine it to be. It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes. I mean I’m ready to talk. To say it for myself. To be able to make a choice on your own and to speak for yourself.”
Harry Fears Princess Diana’s Death Will Repeat Itself
In the special, Harry explained why he and Meghan left the royal family to move to North America. He revealed that one of the main reasons for the move was that he didn’t want his mother Princess Diana’s death “repeating itself.” Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, after her car was chased by the paparazzi. Many members of Diana’s family have blamed the media for her death. Royal followers have also compared the way the media treated Diana to how Meghan is written about, which led to him opening up about his fear.
“My biggest concern was history repeating itself,” Harry said, referencing Diana’s death. “For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side. Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her [Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago. Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other.”
Meghan Accused the Royals of “Perpetuating Falsehoods”
Things got heated in the interview when Meghan accused the royal family if “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and Prince Harry. The accusation came after Oprah asked Meghan how she thinks the royals feel about her and Harry’s tell-all interview.
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” she said. “And if that comes with risk of losing things, there is a lot that has been lost already.”
Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special airs Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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