The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the United States last night and revelations surrounding The Royal Family and the institution of monarchy were aplenty. The couple also revealed that they are expecting a baby girl, due some time in the Summer.
Much of the interview saw The Duchess of Sussex speak with Oprah alone, with The Duke of Sussex joining later on. One of the biggest allegations from the interview was that there were “several conversations” within The Royal Family on how dark Harry and Meghan’s first-born child, Archie, would be when he was born. Meghan said, “In those months when I was pregnant there were concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born.”
When questioned by Oprah on the alleged conversation, Prince Harry said he would never share details and admitted he was a “bit shocked” by it. Harry also he was hurt that his family had never spoken out on the “colonial undertones” of news articles and headlines.
The Duchess of Sussex also addressed the stories that circulated a couple of years ago which claimed she made The Duchess of Cambridge cry. The row was supposedly over flower-girl dresses for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. When asked by Oprah if this was the case, Meghan replied that the reverse was true, that The Duchess of Cambridge had, in fact, made her cry. “A few days before the wedding, Kate was upset about the flower-girl dresses and it made me cry.”
The Duchess then added that Catherine had apologised and sent her flowers and a card. Meghan said that “Kate is a good person.”
A startling admission came from The Duchess of Sussex when she told Oprah that her mental health had got so bad that she contemplated suicide. She also accused the institution of not helping her when she asked, “I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, said I had never felt that way before and need to go somewhere, and I was told I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Meghan also revealed that the only person she felt she could reach out to was a friend of Diana, Princess of Wales. “Because it’s like, who else could understand what it’s actually like on the inside?”
When Prince Harry joined the interview, conversation turned to his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William. Harry alleged that while he and Meghan were breaking away from The Royal Family, Prince Charles stopped taking his calls. On his father, Harry said, “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like and Archie’s his grandson. But at the same time, of course I will always love him but there’s a lot of hurt that has happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Though there were criticisms of certain members of The Royal Family, Harry and Meghan did heap praise on Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry said he has a “really good” relationship with his grandmother while Meghan recalled a story of The Queen allowing her to share her car blanket on a rare joint engagement.
Other revelations to come from the interview included Harry being cut off financially in early 2020, the truth behind a Royal Albert Hall photograph and that Harry and Meghan had a secret wedding service in their back garden three days before their official wedding in 2018, that was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
It is expected that more unseen extracts from the interview will emerge as dawn breaks in the United States.
In lighter news from the interview, Prince Harry and Meghan revealed that they’re expecting a baby girl in the Summer. The Duke and Duchess then confirmed that baby number two would be their last.
‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry’ will air in the United Kingdom on ITV at 9pm on Monday 8th March.