London: Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex have accused the royal family of worrying about how dark their baby’s skin would be and revealed the former actress was once on the verge of suicide in an explosive television interview which will rock the monarchy.
The couple also used the tell-all with American talkshow host Oprah Winfrey to announce their next child would be a girl and pinpoint the 2018 tour of Australia as a turning point in their now toxic relationship with the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to Oprah Winfrey.
In another candid moment, Meghan revealed she had suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie. She eventually told Harry.
“If I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it,” she said. “I just didn’t want to be alive any more.”
The duchess went to “one of the most senior people” in the royal household to get help but was told that would be a bad look. She then went to the royal household’s human resources department.
“They said there is nothing we can do for you, because you are not a paid member of the institution,” Meghan recalled.
Meghan eventually sought support from an unidentified friend of Princess Diana.
“It takes some much courage to admit that you need help – to admit how dark of a place you’re in,” Meghan told Oprah.
Loneliness and mental health issues are themes aired by other royal brides in the past such as Diana, Princess of Wales, and Sarah, Duchess of York.
Asked how his late mother would think about his split from the royal family in January 2020, Harry replied: “I think she would feel very angry about how it’s turned out, but at the same time she would want us to be happy.”
The duke reserved some of his toughest criticism for Prince Charles, revealing the heir to the throne stopped taking his son’s calls in the weeks ahead of the public announcement of Harry and Meghan’s resignation as working members of the royal family.
“There’s a lot to work through there,” Harry said of the relationship with his father.
“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson.
“At the same time I will always love him. But there’s a lot of hurt that has happened. I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
He also described his relationship with Prince William as one of “space”.
“Time heals all things, hopefully,” he said.
Harry said the royal family had cut him off financially but they were being supported by money left by Princess Diana.
The couple also revealed they were married in secret three days prior to their wedding on May 19, 2018.
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