Meghan Markel, the wife of British Prince Harry, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey might have shaken the foundations of the royal family when she revealed the “inside story”. She accused the royals of racism, lying and pushing her to the brink of suicide.
Meghan, 39, said in the interview aired by CBS on Sunday night that she had suicidal thoughts and considered self-harm after pleading for help but getting none.
She said she had been naive before she married into the family in 2018.
The daughter of a black mother and white father, said she has been worried about her son Archie, now aged one, who had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family about how dark his skin might be.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince,” Meghan added.
There were discussions about his skin even before his birth, she continued, but did not say who was he or she.
“I think that would be very damaging to them,” Meghan added.
Even Prince Harry did not name those who talked about the colour of the skin of their child. He, however, said his family had cut them off financially and that his father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had let him down and refused to take his calls at one point.
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment publicly on the interview.
Meghan called the royals as uncaring and mendacious, and accused Kate, the wife of Prince William, of making her cry before her wedding.
Harry and Meghan criticise the family but they did not attack Queen Elizabeth directly.
Still, Meghan said she had been silenced by “the Firm” – which Elizabeth heads – and that her pleas for help while in distress at racist reporting and her predicament had fallen on deaf ears.
Tears rolled down her cheek when Meghan said she didn’t want to be alive any more. “And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he (Harry) just cradled me.”
The royal family plunged into crisis when Harry and Meghan announced “to step down” from royal roles in January last year. Last month, Buckingham Palace confirmed the split would be permanent, as the couple looks to forge an independent life in the United States.
Harry, 36, said they had stepped back from royal duties because of a lack of understanding and that he was worried about history repeating itself — a reference to the 1997 death of his mother Diana.
Harry denied blindsiding his grandmother Queen Elizabeth. “I had three conversations with my grandmother, and two with my father before he stopped taking my calls. And then he said, can you put this all in writing?”
The couple faced criticism that they want the glamour of their privileged positions without the dedication it requires or scrutiny it brings.
Their supporters, however, say their treatment shows how an outdated British institution has lashed out against a modern, biracial woman, with undertones of racism.
There have also been allegations of bullying against Meghan which first appeared in The Times newspaper.
Buckingham Palace said it would investigate the claims, adding it was “very concerned.”
In response to the report, a spokeswoman for Meghan said she was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself.”
Meghan told Winfrey that people within the royal institution not only failed to protect her against malicious claims but lied to protect others.