The past few days have seen an uproar of support and condemnation for the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they took part in an interview that essentially exposed the faults of the Royal Family. The couple sat down together in an exclusive interview in which they discussed the lack of support from the monarchy, the issue of race and where they now stand with members of the family. Whilst the story debuted on CBS in the US on Sunday, today (March 8) saw the interview come to British television for the first time.
During the recent interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle revealed that members of the British royal family expressed concern to her husband Prince Harry about the potential skin colour of the couple’s first child.
Meghan said that her son Archie was denied a royal title and royal protection and that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born.”
“They didn’t want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah.
She added, “We have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title.’ And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Later in the interview, Oprah pressed Harry on the issue, asking him who was behind the comment. “That conversation I’m never going to share. It was awkward. I was a bit shocked,” he said.
When Harry and Meghan were married in May 2018, Queen Elizabeth gave them the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Archie was entitled to the “courtesy title,” Earl of Dumbarton. However, the couple announced shortly after his birth that they had not given him a courtesy title and he would be known as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The actress stated that some of the attentions and cruelties she endured during her time as a Duchess of the Royal Family made her feel suicidal.
“I just didn’t want to be alive any more,” she stated. “I thought it would have solved everything for everyone.”
Later, Prince Harry spoke about his brother Prince William and provided an update on their relationship. Replying to Oprah on how much had been said about the siblings, Harry replied, “Yeah, and much will continue to be said about that. You know, as I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother.”
He further said, “We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But, you know, we’re on different paths.”
Oprah then asked Harry about his current relationship dynamic with William, to which he said, “The relationship is space, at the moment, and, you know, time heals all things, hopefully.”
On a lighter note, however, the conversation did reveal the gender of the couple’s unborn child. The pair took the opportunity to announce that they were expecting a baby girl due in summertime.
Meghan and Harry’s special with Oprah marked the couple’s first joint interview since their royal exit, which was recently made permanent. In the interview, the duo discussed the reasons behind their decision to step back from their royal duties.
Their interview with the former talk show queen and media mogul aired a month after Harry made a rare TV appearance on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’. Meghan and Harry, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in 2019.