Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview with Oprah Winfrey

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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle discuss royal controversy in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey held a highly anticipated interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, on Sunday night of March 7. The couple moved to the United States just over a year ago. The main reason for this new adjustment is said to be largely due to the bullying of Meghan Markle not only by the press, but also the royal family themselves. The couple announced that they would not be returning to their royal duties. They are currently considered to be non-working members of the royal family. The interview with Oprah Winfrey is the first time the couple has been outspoken, since the royal split back last year.

The interview includes two different segments, a one-on-one interview with Winfrey and Markle, as well as a joint interview with Markle and Prince Harry. Markle addresses false narratives she believes the Palace is displaying. The interview reached over 17.1 million viewers in the United States and more than 12 million viewers watched the United Kingdom transmission. The part of the interview that shocked the nation was the couple’s claims of racism and lack of support, in which Meghan added drove her to suicidal thoughts.

Markle expressed her experience, saying that while she was pregnant with her current son Archie, a member of the royal family had “concerns … about how dark his skin might be.” She also explained her struggle with mental illness, which was claimed to have been disregarded by the royals. She believes her struggle was ignored because she would bring shame and negative attention to the family.

Following the interview, the Buckingham Palace delivered a statement, announcing that the “whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan” but that “some recollections may vary.” Queen Elizabeth stated that the royal family is planning to address allegations of racism within Buckingham Palace. She also added that “Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Prince William has declared that the royals are “not a racist family.” He also adds that he has not spoken to his brother, but plans to soon. As for Prince Charles, he continued with his royal engagements following the interview, refusing to answer media questions, as he took a visit to a covid vaccination clinic in London. According to British media reports, the Palace is said to be holding “crisis talks,” particularly with the senior royals. These urgent discussions are said to be over how to limit the fallout and backlash from the interview.

Markle also confirmed their reasoning for leaving the Palace after rumors surfaced. She touched on the pressures of royal life, as well as the malevolence from the British tabloid press. She believed the palace had failed miserably to defend them. It will be interesting to see if Meghan and Harry will ever reconcile with the royals, as they have a lot of healing ahead of them.

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