In a wide-ranging interview, Harry and Meghan described painful discussions about the colour of their son's skin, losing royal protection and the intense pressures that led the Duchess of Sussex to contemplate suicide.
The interview aired Sunday with Oprah Winfrey was the couple's first since they stepped down from royal duties and the two-hour special included numerous revelations likely to reverberate on both sides of the Atlantic.
Harry told Winfrey that he felt trapped by royal life and was surprised that he was cut off financially and lost his security last year. He also said he felt his family did not support Meghan, who acknowledged her naiveté about royal life before marrying Harry, as she endured tabloid attacks and false stories.
Meghan, who is biracial, described that when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born." The statement led Winfrey to ask "What," incredulously and sit in silence for a moment.
Winfrey at various points in the interview ran through headlines about Meghan and at one point asked about the mental health impact.
Meghan responded that she experienced suicidal thoughts and had sought help through the palace's human resources department, but was told there was nothing they could do.
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Meghan said she grew concerned about her son not having a royal title because it meant he wouldn't be provided security.
Meghan said digesting everything during while pregnant was "very hard." More than the "prince" title, she was the most concerned about her son's safety and protection.
Meghan and Harry officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year. Their desire to have a normal family life played a role in their ground-breaking decision.
Since last summer, Meghan and Harry have been living with Archie in their new home in Southern California, not far from Oprah's, near Santa Barbara. Their interview with the former talk show queen and media mogul aired a month after Harry made a rare TV appearance on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden'.
Markle and Harry, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first son, Archie Harrison, in May 2019.
With inputs from Agencies