Royal insiders told Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex there were “concerns and talks” about her son’s skin color before he was born, she said in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.
In the months leading up to the birth of her son Archie, Meghan said she was told of “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born”.
The revelation put Winfrey down, who replied, “What?”
“There are several conversations,” said Prince Harry’s wife, “possibly and what would that mean or look like?”
Winfrey pressed the American princess to name but she declined.
“I think that would be very harmful to her,” said Meghan.
In the full interview that aired on CBS, Meghan also revealed she was moved to tears over an argument with sister-in-law Kate Middleton before their wedding.
In the couple’s first long interview since leaving the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry discussed their treatment at Buckingham Palace and their decision to start a new life in the United States.
Months after the wedding, Meghan hit the headlines of the tabloid of arguing with Kate about flower girl dresses, which Kate reportedly moved to tears. Meghan confirmed there was a disagreement about flower girl dresses but insisted she was the one who was crying.
“It made me cry and really hurt my feelings,” Meghan said.
Kate apologized and even sent flowers to resolve the issue, according to Meghan, who refused to explain any more about disagreements.
“It wasn’t a confrontation,” she said. “I don’t think it’s fair for her to go into the details. Because she apologized, I forgave her. What was hard to overcome was accused that not only did I fail, but happened to me . “
Meghan told her that she felt she had lost her freedom when she got married into the royal family and that it was “liberating” to finally be able to speak.
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Winfrey said no topic was forbidden in the interview, which made headlines around the world and was as hotly anticipated as the 1995 interview between Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and BBC journalist Martin Bashir.
Royal interviews are historically rare and the family is scrupulously guarded in what it discloses to the public, but Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi, shared intimate details about her marriage to Prince Charles With .
In the meantime, the royal family tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy. Queen Elizabeth II put on a television message on Commonwealth Day hours before the interview with Winfrey.
Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, 99, Harry’s grandfather, is staying in the hospital after undergoing heart surgery last week.
In a separate interview last month, Harry, who ranks sixth on the throne, told the TV host James Corden that the “toxic” coverage of the British media was damaging his sanity and that this was one of the reasons why he stepped down from his life as a high-ranking king.
The couple resisted media coverage. Meghan won a privacy lawsuit against a UK media company last month that released parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. However, coverage increased as the week progressed as the anticipation for the interview increased.
It’s been less than three years since the couple got married at a star wedding at Windsor Castle that Winfrey attended. Meghan was celebrated at the time for modernizing the monarchy.
They announced in January 2020 that they would “step down” from their roles as senior members of the royal family, a decision they confirmed last month. Harry and Meghan announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting their second child.
Harry is expected to return to the UK in July to unveil a statue of Diana.