Racism, Royal Rifts: Meghan, Prince Harry Lift Lid On Palace Life
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as they are widely known, took part in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, making a series of far-reaching allegations regarding life within the royal family.
The Duchess of Sussex said that she found life in the British Royal Family so stressful that at times she "didn't want to be alive anymore."
In a highly personal TV interview, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that she didn't get any support when she pleaded for it. She said the low point was when one member of his family asked Harry "how dark" the skin of their son might be.
Prince Harry also disclosed that his father, Prince Charles, had started ignoring his calls when he wanted to step back. During the two-hour CBS special, the pair discussed a range of subjects, including racism, mental health, their relationship with the media, and the workings of the Royal Family.
The pair moved to California after officially abandoning royal duties in March 2020 and it was revealed last month that they would not be returning to work as part of the Royal Family.
Meghan's mental health crisis
The Duchess of Sussex says she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal.
"I just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he [Harry] just cradled me." She claimed she asked the palace for help and was denied it. "They said, my heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there's nothing we can do to protect you because you're not a paid employee of the institution."
Prince Harry cut off financially
The Duke of Sussex ceased collecting money from the palace in the first quarter of 2020. He said that the need to pay for his own security costs was part of the reason behind the couple's lucrative business dealings with companies, including Netflix. The only other money he has left, he said, is what Princess Diana left to him.
Meghan said that the couple had not been paid for the Oprah interview.
Harry also spoke of his relationship with the rest of his family.
He said that his relationship with his grandmother, the queen, was "really good" and that the two of them always spoke. His relationship with his father, the Prince of Wales, has suffered, however.
Harry said that felt "really let down" by his father. He added that he's always going to love him, but "there's a lot of hurt that's happened."
Of Prince William, he said that they were on "different paths."
The couple also announced one uplifting news: the gender of their second child. Harry said that the child, due summer in the Northern Hemisphere, is a girl. He said that he felt "amazing, just grateful." "To have a boy, and then a girl, what more can you ask for, we have our family."
The couple said this would be their last child. (Business Times)