The interview tackled everything from when the couple first began dating — to their challenges with “The Firm”, or The Royal Family.
“I wasn’t planning on saying anything shocking,” Markle joked to Oprah. “I’m just telling you what happened.”
The first shocker of the interview? Harry and Meghan secretly were married before the Royal spectacle wedding.
While the wedding was televised in May of 2019 — Markle admitted the couple was wed three days prior with just herself, Harry and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
But most of the interview was centered around how the UK press affected Meghan’s mental health — resulting in her considering suicide.
Markle revealed how she had to turn over her passport, driver’s license, keys and other personal belongings when she moved into Nottingham Cottage (part of Kensington Palace), and had to be granted permission to leave the palace grounds.
“I left the house twice in four months,” she told Oprah, adding how palace officials constantly told her to stay out of the public eye. And while it seemed to the public she was living a perfect life, she revealed she “couldn’t feel lonelier.”
Markle said she recalled watching The Little Mermaid at one point while stuck in the house and felt similar to the main character: “She falls in love with a prince and because of that she loses her voice.”
“Were you silent or silenced?” Oprah asked Markle in response.
Markle continued on, revealing that it wasn’t the rumors that got to her — but the lack of support she received in response to them. There were on multiple occasions where tabloids would spew rumors and not one of them were refuted by royals.
Markle’s feelings of helplessness only intensified as British tabloids seemingly found a way to find fault in every aspect of her life.
“I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she told a clearly emotional Oprah in the interview. “It was a clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
And when Meghan did ask to “go somewhere” for help, the “institution,” said no. It wouldn’t be a good look for the family, she recalled them telling her.
Last but certainly not least of the shocking information relayed in the interview: both Harry and Meghan revealed how members of the Royal Family were concerned about their son’s skin color even before his birth.
“When I was pregnant,” Markle recalled, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin would be when he was born. People were concerned with how dark Archie’s skin would be.”
Since the bombshell interview, Buckingham Palace has released an official statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II which states:
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement reads.
It continues, “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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