Meghan Markle reveals the stress of royal life; claims son Archie was denied title of prince because he is mixed-race
Meghan Markle reveals the stress of royal life; claims son Archie was denied title of prince because he is mixed-race

LONDON: Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has revealed that her life was not all hunky-dory in Buckingham Palace. Rather, the stress made her suicidal when she was five months pregnant.

Meghan has also accused the Royal family of being cold and racist, especially towards her and their son Archie; She has gone ahead to claim that Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed race and that sister-in-law Kate Middleton made her cry before she married Harry. All this and more in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The show was watched by a global audience but not by the Queen, it is understood. Nonetheless, the sensational claims could badly dent the reputation of the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed she felt alone fighting constant media speculation and "falsehoods perpetuated" by "the firm", her description for the British royal family, ever since her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

Meghan said the fear for their child, for whom no security was offered by the Royal family, and the growing scrutiny also had a damaging effect on her mental health, and she claimed going through suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant.

"I was ashamed to say it at the time I just didn't want to be alive any more. And that was a very real and clear, and frightening and constant thought," she said in the two-hour pre-recorded interview, adding that the Palace refused to protect her.

"My regret is believing them when they said I would be protected," a teary-eyed Meghan said at the end of the interview she gave along with Harry.

Meghan spoke at length about the issue of Archie's skin colour.

"In those months when I was pregnant, we have in tandem the conversation of, 'He won't be given security. He's not going to be given a title', and concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," she said, revealing that while the couple didn't say ‘no’ to the official photo when Archie was born, Markle was scared for his safety.

"I went to human resources (HR wing of the Palace) and asked for help and the person told me this. ‘My heart goes out to you because we see how bad it is. But we can't help you because you're not a paid employee of the institution'," recalled Meghan.

Harry later in the interview expressed how helpless and ashamed he felt around at that time, and later realised how he had been "trapped" all along just like the "rest of his family".

Harry revealed that while he loves his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his brother, Prince William, despite the "space" between their relationship, he hopes "time will heal" it.

Yet, he is not sure about his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, and feels "let down" by him, since Harry felt that the family had the opportunities to be there for them.

Harry referenced how his father stopped taking calls after the couple informed the Palace of stepping back as active members of the Royal family, before they had made the formal announcement. The media, too, then had accused the couple of blindsiding the Queen, with their decision.

Harry refuted the rumours and claimed that he spoke with the Queen and his father, before making the formal announcement on January 7, 2020.

He also claimed that the family cut him off financially, and took away the security, which is what forced them to make deals with platforms such as Netflix and Spotify, to pay for the security for his family, including their upcoming baby, a girl.

Harry added that the couple survived on the money left to them by his late mother, Princess Diana.

Talking about Diana, Harry revealed that while she would have been "angry" at their decision to step back as Royals, she would have understood their decision, since it made them "happy".

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