Meghan and Harry shock world in tell-all interview


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The Duke and Duchess ride off in a carriage after their wedding on May 19, 2018.

Since the news of their relationship leaked on Oct. 31, 2016, stories of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have filled the British and American tabloids. In their first tell-all interview since stepping back from their roles as senior members in the royal family, the Duke and Duchess shared their truth with Oprah Winfrey about why they left.

On Jan. 7 2020, the Duke and Duchess announced their departure from their roles in the famous institution. Despite taking the world by storm, the pair revealed Sunday night that their leave had been building since the day they said “I do” in a secret backyard ceremony. The interview journeyed through the couple’s relationship timeline. It began by debunking the myth that Markle made Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, cry over flower girl dresses and stating that, in reality, the reverse had happened. “It was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something. But she owned it, and she apologized,” Markle said.

Markle later divulged details of the depression she fell into during her pregnancy with their son Archie. The Duchess shared that the severe harassment by the press and lack of protection afforded to her by the monarchy left her feeling like the world would be better off without her. Despite her pleas for help, according to Markle, a senior official determined that she would not be checked into a hospital because of the publicity it may bring to the royal family.

In addition to discussing mental health, Winfrey and Markle also touched on racism in the British press and within the royal family. Markle shared that it was the institution’s idea to strip Archie of his title and security, despite being seventh in line to the throne. Members of the royal family, whose identities have not been revealed, disclosed fears with the Duke of Sussex over how dark their child’s skin may be when he was born. “In those months when I was pregnant, and at the same time there was talk about no title, no security, and also conversations about how dark his skin might be when born,” Markle said.

Although filled with shocking details that left the viewers stunned, the tell-all also gave the Duke and Duchess a chance to inform the world that their second baby, arriving this summer, would be a girl. They excitedly shared the news with Winfrey and confirmed that this would be their last child.

After the bombshell interview, the royal family released a statement stating that they would investigate the Duke and Duchess’s claims and reiterated that Markle and the Prince would always be important members of the Queen’s family. In addition to the statement, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, also commented on his brother and sister-in-law’s interview with Winfrey. He told the press that he had not been in contact with his brother but would be sure to have a conversation with him. “We’re very much not a racist family,” the Duke said to reporters.