Oprah Winfrey reportedly sold Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview to US broadcaster CBS for USD 7-9 million
In a much anticipated interview, Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she was not at all prepared for the “monster machine” of the British royalty when she married Prince Harry. Meghan, during the explosive interview on US station CBS, revealed that she thought about taking her own life after becoming a part of the royal family.
She further raised allegations of racism in the monarchy. “I… just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought,” she told Winfrey while explaining social media and tabloids’ criticism impacted her.
Alleging that no help was provided to her during her mental health crisis, Meghan claimed that she was targeted by lies. Meghan, on son Archie not receiving a title: Meghan Markle also revealed how the skin colour of her unborn son was the concern of the royal family.
“In those months when I was pregnant … we have in tandem the conversation of, you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
“That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him,” she said.
She, however, refused to name the person who expressed those concerns. “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
While talking about the matter, Harry said: “That conversation, I’m never going to share. But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”
“That was right at the beginning when she wasn’t going to get security when members of my family were suggesting that she carries on acting because there’s not enough money to pay for her, and all this sort of stuff. There were some real obvious signs, before we even got married, that this was going to be really hard.”
“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he (Harry) just cradled me,” Meghan told Oprah during the two-hour interview.
The 39-year-old also said that she approached the senior people in the institution to seek help.
“I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help … And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution…I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, because they said, my heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.”
“This wasn’t a choice. This was e-mails and begging for help, saying very specifically I am concerned for my mental welfare.”
When asked if there were thoughts of harming herself, Meghan said: “Yes. This was very, very clear … and very scary.”
Meghan, on an article claiming that she made Prince William’s wife Kate cry:
“The narrative with Kate, which didn’t happen, was really, really difficult and something that I think that’s when everything changed really,” said Meghan.
When asked if she made Kate cry, Prince Harry’s wife said: “The reverse happened. A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something, pertaining to … the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings.”
“There wasn’t a confrontation and … I don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that because she apologised, and I have forgiven her. What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do, but that happened to me.”
“I’m not sharing that piece about Kate in any way to be disparaging to her.”
‘Royal family won’t protect me’
In the pre-taped interview on Sunday night, Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that soon after marrying Prince Harry, she realised that the institution of the royal family would not protect her.
“Not only was I not being protected, but they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing, to tell the truth, to protect me and my husband.”
Harry on whether he would have left the royal family if it had not been for Meghan:
“The answer to your question is no … I wouldn’t have been able to, because I myself was trapped,” Harry told Oprah.
“I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped. Like the rest of my family are, my father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave and I have huge compassion for that.”
“It’s a very trapping environment that a lot of them are stuck in. I didn’t have anyone to turn to…For the family they very much have this mentality of ‘This is just how it is, this is how it’s meant to be, you can’t change it, we’ve all been through it’.”
“What was different for me was the race element, because now it wasn’t just about her. It was about what she represented,” added the 36-year-old Harry.
Revealing the deep rifts within his family, Harry said he felt “really let down” by how his father had managed the situation.
‘It’s a girl’
The couple also revealed the gender of their second child. “It’s a girl!” Harry and Meghan said. “To have a boy and then a girl, what more can you ask for? But now we’ve got our family. We’ve got the four of us and our two dogs,” said Harry, who donned a grey suit as he sat next to his wife. Their first child, son Archie, turns 2 in May.