Meghan, Prince Harry’s wife, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be prior to his birth and that those concerns explain why he was not given the title of prince.
Meghan, whose mother is black and her father is white, said she was naive before marrying the royal family in 2018 but ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self-harm after asking for help but not getting any.
“They didn’t want me to be a prince or a princess, not knowing what the gender would be, that it would be different from protocol, and that I wasn’t going to get security,” Meghan said in a broadcast interview with Oprah Winfrey. on CBS late Sunday.
“In those months when she was pregnant, around the same time, we have in tandem the conversation of ‘they won’t give you security, they won’t give you a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark her skin is. It could be when she’s born. .
He declined to say who had expressed such concerns. When asked if she was silent or had been silenced, she replied, “The latter.”
The long-awaited interview comes amid a bitter dispute between Meghan and Harry on the one hand and the British monarchy on the other.
Chris Ship, the actual editor of ITV, which will broadcast the interview in Britain on Monday night, said he was “momentarily paralyzed” by the sheer volume of disclosures.
“The pair had indeed loaded a B-52 bomber, flew it over Buckingham Palace and then unloaded their arsenal right on top of it, bomb by heavily loaded bomb,” he added.
The couple, who married in 2018, left their royal duties and are beginning a new life in the United States.
Detractors say the couple wants the glamor of their positions without the dedication it requires or the scrutiny that comes with it.
For her supporters, her treatment shows how an outdated British institution has lashed out at a modern, biracial woman, with overtones of racism. That accusation is likely to gain momentum in light of Meghan’s comments about her son.
There have also been allegations of bullying against Meghan that first appeared in The Times newspaper in the run-up to the interview.
Buckingham Palace, which has so far not commented on the interview, said it would investigate the allegations, adding that it was “very concerned.”
In response to the report, a Meghan spokeswoman said she was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been bullied herself.”
Tennis superstar Serena Williams and poet Amanda Gorman led a lot of support for Meghan following her explosive accusations of racism.
‘Queen has been wonderful’
Meghan said that people within the royal institution not only failed to protect her against malicious claims, they lied to protect others.
“It was only once we got married and it really started to get worse that I came to understand that not only was I not protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other family members,” Meghan said.
“There is the family, and then there are the people who run the institution, those are two separate things and it is important to be able to divide that because the queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.”
Meghan denied a newspaper story that she had made Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, cry before the wedding and said it was a turning point in her media relations.
“That was a turning point,” Meghan said. When asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan replied, “The opposite happened.”
“A few days before the wedding, she (Kate) was upset about something, as for yes, the problem was right about the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings,” Meghan said.
Meghan told Winfrey that she had been naive before her wedding and did not know what she was marrying when she joined the British royal family.
“I’ll say I naively analyzed it, because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family,” Meghan said.
Meghan explained that she was not paid for the interview.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)