Meghan Markle has been suicidal because of her experience with a British royal family who refused to protect them from hate tabloids and worried about the skin color of her unborn child.
Her husband, Prince Harry, was cut off financially by his father Charles, the Prince of Wales, who also stopped taking his calls.
These were part of the revelations when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – the former royals living in California – told American TV personality Oprah Winfrey the story of a biracial fairytale romance who captivated the world and fell into a crisis for the British monarchy. .
The two-hour show on Sunday was preceded by so many briefings and counter-briefings from the warring royal camps that it was grueling before it even aired.
In fact, there was something for everyone. For ‘awake’ fans of Meghan and Harry and committed Republicans, there was new evidence of a cruel and archaic institution that tolerates racism.
For the traditionalists, there was the pleasant spectacle of two privileged young people who quit working prematurely and then complained about their families. For broadcasters, there was a rare event in the digital age capable of capturing a truly massive audience. And for those who were tired of lockdowns around the time of the pandemic, there was the temporary distraction of looking at another family’s problems.
The only loser was the British royal press. Its members will have sat stunned as Winfrey, one of America’s most famous interviewers, unearthed enough gossip nuggets in one session to support tabloids for a decade.
Viewers have learned that Markle is expecting a girl this summer; that she and Prince Harry were secretly married three days before the royal wedding; that they were informed that their son, Archie, would not have a royal title or official protection; and that they adopted “rescue” chickens.
“I love to save!” Said Markle.
The most gripping part of the interview was Markle’s confession that the stress and isolation of her royal life led her to consider suicide. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she told Winfrey. “I thought [suicide] would have solved everything for everyone.
Markle said she asked a senior staff member for help, but was told, “There is nothing we can do to protect you.” Rather than check in at a hospital, as she had hoped, she went to a formal event that evening with her husband because, she warns him, “I can’t be left alone.” “.
The couple sought to distinguish between members of the royal family and the institutional scaffolding of the monarchy. The two have repeatedly praised the Queen, with Markle at one point recalling a fond memory of the beloved head of the Royal Family sharing a blanket with her on a frosty journey.
“The Queen has always been wonderful to me,” said Markle.
But they criticized the faceless officials who run “the cabinet,” as the royals are known, accusing staff members of refusing to protect Markle, in particular, from a venomous tabloid bent on calling her villainous.
As an example, Meghan cited a sensational story that the demanding bride-to-be made her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, cry during a fitting session. In fact, she said, it was the other way around – but no one from the palace would correct the toll.
“The tale of making Kate cry was the start of a real character assassination,” she said.
The question of race permeated everything, and Markle finally concluded, “I realized it was all just because I was breathing.
Markle said that while she was pregnant there were “concerns and conversations about the color of her skin when she was born.”
Prince Harry saw his visit to Australia in 2018 as a turning point. Markle’s charming performance, he argued, had reminded his family of another glamorous – but embarrassing – bride who shone on a similar Down Under tour in 1983: her mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
“It brought back memories,” Harry said.
Markle’s biracial identity – and social media – had made their situation even worse, he argued.
Prince Harry has expressed his grief that his father has not done more to support him, but also some sympathy for a man born in a form of golden captivity. “I am fully aware of the position of my family and the fear they have of seeing the tabloids turn against them,” he explained.
“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They cannot leave, ”he added.
But Prince Harry did. He and Markle live in California splendor on Winfrey’s Road, straddling the worlds of British royalty and American celebrity.
“This has been a crazy year for everyone,” Harry said. “We did what we had to do.”