Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and CBS whet the public’s appetites ahead of their special two-hour interview with a slew of video teases.
But Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special is, as expected, full of even bigger revelations. Markle admitted she was considering suicide due to the UK tabloid intrusion and lack of support from the Royal Family and that the ‘firm’ had ‘concerns and conversations about the dark [son Archie’s] the skin was going to be when he was born ”.
Markle and Prince Harry have revealed they are having a daughter this summer and are stopping at two children.
The couple also opened up on the details of the Royal Family’s exit and revealed how they came to sign multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify.
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Winfrey opened the CBS interview by saying there was no deal, no forbidden topic, and the two are not getting paid for the interview.
Markle said she got married “naively” and didn’t know much about the royal family. “I didn’t search for my husband online,” she said, adding that she “didn’t fully understand what the job was”.
There wasn’t a huge “formality” when she first met the Queen, Markle revealed, but her future husband asked if Markle knew how to curtsy and that’s when “the penny dropped”. “I made a very deep curtsy,” she said.
She added that growing up in Los Angeles, she saw celebrities all the time. “It’s not the same,” she said.
After the first commercial break, Oprah donned her ‘rubber boots’ to check on the couple’s chickens, a time when Markle revealed they actually tied the knot three days before the Royal wedding.
“Everything changed” in the story after the wedding when the British press reported that Markle made Kate Middleton cry – something Markle said never happened.
The problem was the bridesmaid dresses, and Markle said that her cry. Why hasn’t the royal “institution” clarified the story? “That’s a good question,” she said, adding that Middleton is a “good person”.
The avocado issue was raised, where UK tabloids accused it of fueling deforestation with fruit, while Middleton was praised for its taste at breakfast. “It’s a loaded piece of toast,” joked Markle.
On a more serious note, she revealed that she had been “silenced” by the royal family. “Everyone in my world has been given a very clear direction not to say a comment,” she said. “Even as things started to unfold in the media… I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m protected.’ I believed that and it was really hard to reconcile because it wasn’t until we got married and things started to get worse that I realized I wasn’t protected but they were willing to lying to protect other family members but they weren’t prepared to tell the truth to protect me.
Markle calls the royal family “the business” – a common reference in the UK. But she said it was important to distinguish between family and institution. “It’s a family business. There is the family and then the people who run the institution. The Queen has always been wonderful to me.
She spoke about the struggles around her and Harry’s son Archie title and security protection. She said it was really hard to know he wasn’t going to be given security – “it was really hard”. Adding that it was the family that had created the “monster machine” of clickbait and tabloid fodder rather than them.
She admitted they never got a response on why the royals changed the rules of Archie’s title, a controversial move as the first royals of color. “There was a lot of fear around it.”
BOMBSHELL MOMENT – Markle revealed there were “concerns and conversations about the dark [son Archie’s] the skin was going to be when he was born ”.
“I know how important representation is,” she said, highlighting the British Commonwealth.
Later in the interview Harry confirmed this but said, “This conversation, I’m never going to share it. It was embarrassing and I was a little shocked.
BOMBSHELL MOMENT # 2 – Markle admitted during a particularly nasty press intrusion that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and visited the royals to help improve her mental health. “It was a scary thought,” she added.
She spoke to someone high in “the institution” but was refused. “You couldn’t just call an Uber at the palace” and check in at the hospital, revealing that she didn’t even have access to her own passport. She admitted that her thoughts of suicide were “very real” and that she was scared, admitting that “I don’t think I can be left alone”.
“It takes so much courage to admit that you have to help. To admit that you need help… ”
Winfrey called some of the revelations “shocking” and Markle jokes that she has no intention of saying anything shocking. “I’m not going to live my life in fear,” she added. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all this time we would just stay silent if there is an active role the company is playing in perpetuating the lies about us.”
She also mentioned that she had a miscarriage and said she also “lost” her father, who was excommunicated from the family after a series of interviews.
BIG NEWS # 3 – Prince Harry joined the interview after an hour to reveal the couple had a daughter.
The couple went on to talk about ‘Megxit’, where they retired as active members of the royal family. They said they left because they asked for help but didn’t get it and were only planning to step down from senior roles like many other family members. “We’re not reinventing the wheel here,” Harry said.
He added that he wanted to breathe the “constant barrage” and that they left for lack of support and understanding.
When asked if he had blinded the Queen with the exit and their statement, Harry replied, “I never blinded my grandmother”, adding that if he had to “guess” from where came these reports, “it could have come from within the institution.”
He revealed that he had three conversations with Queen Elizabeth II before the declaration and two with his father, Prince Charles, and it was “no surprise to anyone”, but he also admitted that Charles had stopped take his calls.
A moving moment… Markle meets a rehearsal of The little Mermaid and realizing that she was Ariel, who falls in love with a prince and loses her voice before finally finding her in the end.
Harry reveals that his family had many opportunities to show their support for Meghan, but they never did. He then launches into the massacre concerning the tabloids and the relationship with the royal family. “I am keenly aware of the fear that my family will have the tabloids turning against the royal family.”
He calls this an “invisible contract”. “It’s a case of if you as a family member are ready to wine, dine and give full access to journalists, you will get better press,” he said. “There is a level of fear control that has been around for generations.”
He added that the institution survives thanks to its relationship with the press, with Markle highlighting the press parties held at the palace.
But Markle said the media coverage had racial overtones and that changed threat levels, including an increase in death threats.
She countered the idea that she caused ‘Megxit’ to ‘I left it all because I loved her’, adding that unlike things you see in the movies, there was no indication, admitting that ‘she was late to Googling the words to the British royal family.
While Oprah was compassionate during the interview, she was visibly upset when Harry, a man literally born a prince, said he was “trapped in the system, like the rest of my family”.
LEISURE INDUSTRY – The couple spoke briefly about their deals with Netflix and Spotify through their company Archewell. Harry said that “Netflix and the Spotifys of it all was never part of the plan,” but they were forced to find ways to make money after being financially cut off from family in the first quarter of 2020. He admitted that he had money which his mother left him.
Harry said, “That was never the intention. We are certainly not complaining, our life is beautiful now, we have a beautiful house, I have a beautiful family. The dogs are really happy. In the days of Covid, a friend’s suggestion was’ what about banners? and we hadn’t thought of it. There were all kinds of different options and from my perspective I just needed enough money to pay for security and keep my family safe.
“Life is telling stories,” added Markle. “For us, being able to tell stories through a truthful lens which hopefully is empowering will be great, knowing how many people can land with and being able to give a voice to a lot of people who are under. -represented and who are not. really heard.
He said his relationship with his grandmother was good and that they had zoomed in with Queen Elizabeth with Archie, although he added that “there is a lot to work on” with his relationship with his father.
He said he had “no regrets”. “I am so proud of my wife,” he added. “Without a doubt, she saved me.
Markle said she had a regret. “My regret was to believe them when they said I would be protected. Now, because we’re actually on the other side, we’re not just surviving, we are thriving. Miracles. I think all of those things I was hoping for have happened and in some ways this is just the beginning. It feels like a lifetime. This makes [have a happy ending]. Bigger than any fairy tale you’ve ever read. “
Winfrey ended the two-hour interview by revealing that there was “so much more” to share and she will appear on CBS News Monday morning with Gayle King to discuss that and the reaction.
The special was produced by Harpo Productions. The executive producers are Terry Wood and Tara Montgomery, the co-executive producer is Brian Piotrowicz.