Meghan and Harry Interview: Oprah’s Largest Bomb
Weeks of media hype hit a crescendo Sunday when CBS aired Oprah WInfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan who said she was so close to suicide while at the palace that she couldn’t be left alone.
“I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she said and eventually tore herself open. “I was ashamed to admit it to Harry, but I knew if I didn’t say it I would. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. It was clear, it was real, it was terrifying, and it was a constant Thought. “
She could not get any help from “the institution” of the monarchy because she was not an employee, she was told. She couldn’t just check into a hospital because it wasn’t going to look good. “You can’t just call an Uber into the palace,” she half joked. She even consulted one of the late Princess Diana’s close friends, because “who else would understand what’s inside” of the royal family?
She and Harry went to a performance at the Royal Albert Hall one evening and looked fabulous, but Meghan told Winfrey she only left because she was afraid of being left alone. And she cried when the lights went out and smiled when the lights went out.
“I can’t be left alone, I’m scared of what I might do,” she said and started to cry.
Bomb Revelations: They secretly married early
Other revelations in a first bombshell hour were that she and Harry were actually married in their backyard three days before their 2018 wedding by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The rumor that Meghan made her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate of Cambridge, cry before the wedding? Not true; In fact, it was the other way around, Meghan told Winfrey, who asked her about the story that swirled around the internet six months after the wedding.
Meghan didn’t want to reveal too many details about the incident because “she (Kate) is a good person” and she wanted to protect her privacy.
Kate made me cry, says Meghan
“She made me cry, it hurt my feelings,” she said. “But it was a very tough week before the wedding. She was upset and apologized and brought flowers and wrote a note. I forgave her. What is hard to overcome is that I was blamed for something I wasn’t did but happened to me. “
Everyone in the palace knew it wasn’t true, she said. “Why don’t you say that?” Asked Winfrey. “Good question,” she replied.
Harry and Meghan reveal the baby’s gender: it’s a girl
The couple also announced that their second baby, expected this summer, will be a girl, a sister of Archie, who will turn two in May.
“Having a boy and then a girl: what more do you want?” said Harry, who had joined Meghan for the interview.
In another revelation, Meghan told Winfrey that she and Harry hadn’t waived a title for Baby Archie. She said she was told that the rules prevented this, at least until his grandfather took the throne.
But she shocked Winfrey when she said they were told the untitled baby couldn’t get royal security and that nameless palace officials raised “concerns” about the baby’s skin color.
Consider how dark Archie’s skin would be
“In those months when I was pregnant and there was no title, no safety, and no talk about how dark his skin might be at birth,” she said. Who said that, demanded Winfrey. Meghan wouldn’t say it because “it would be very harmful to her”.
The couple also denied “blindsiding” Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, with her plan to step down from high-profile royal roles. “I have too much respect for her,” said Harry.
He said they left because they were denied support after asking for help and because media criticism was constantly “flooded”. Harry said he was afraid of history repeating itself, referring to the experience of his mother, the late Princess Diana.
When asked how Diana would see what happened to her younger son and his wife, Harry replied, “I think she would be very angry about how this turned out and very sad too. Anything you ever want would is that we are happy there. “
London’s lively tabloids have been criticizing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since shortly after their wedding in May 2018, but their coverage became particularly toxic after the couple announced in January 2020 that they were stepping down from their royal roles and leaving London. They moved to an estate in Santa Barbara, California, near Winfrey’s own estate last March.
But the shouting over Harry and Meghan and their date with Winfrey got ugly this week, with Meghan’s disclosure of two-year allegations of “bullying” and her interview allegation that she and Harry were the victims of “falsehoods” by palace enemies were spread.
Palace backs off from the interview
Four days before the interview aired, The Times of London, a quieter but still conservative newspaper, weighed a report that Jason Knauf, the American-born former press secretary for Harry and Meghan, made an official complaint in October 2018 to his palace chiefs accused Meghan of “bullied” employees, “evicted two personal assistants from the household and … undermined the trust of a third employee”.
More:Queen Elizabeth speaks on “Unity”, “Dedication” in the Commonwealth Address before the interview with Harry, Meghan
The prelude:Duchess Meghan questions the palace’s role in perpetuating falsehoods; Chrissy Teigen, ‘Suits’ co-stars, defend her
Meghan responded by stating that she is “saddened by this recent attack on her character, particularly as someone who was the target of self-bullying”. Meghan, a former actress who is American and biracial, has been targeted by racist social media posts since she emerged as Harry’s friend in 2016.
Her lawyers reacted angrily to The Times, accusing the Rupert Murdoch-operated broadsheet of a “calculated smear campaign” against the Duchess.
Buckingham Palace then issued a “worrying” statement promising to open an investigation into The Times’ allegations and stressing that royal employers do not tolerate bullying. The palace did not explain why it never investigated the 2018 allegations or what power it punished Meghan if they turn out to be true.
In the week leading up to the interview, CBS released several promos of clips from the sit-down that sparked more critical stories and more Twitter shouting. A clip showed Winfrey asking the Duchess: “How do you think of the palace when you tell your truth today?”
“I don’t know how to expect that after all this time, if The Firm played an active role in perpetuating falsehoods about us, we would still be silent. And if that involves the risk of losing things – me I mean, a lot has been lost, “says Meghan pointedly.
This reference caused an uproar. British understand “The Firm” as the royal family, which is why critics such as Piers Morgan, co-host of the breakfast show, accused Meghan of calling her in-laws liars.
But she could have been referring to high-ranking palace bureaucracy – the “men in gray suits” as Princess Diana once called them – whom Meghan believes have lied to and leaked about to unfriendly media for years.
The interview aired just days after widespread demand in London for CBS to cancel or postpone the program due to the illness of Prince Philip, Harry’s 99-year-old grandfather. He’s been in London hospitals since Feb. 16 and had successful heart surgery this week, but is expected to stay in the hospital for several days.
Last month Harry previewed the Winfrey interview during a taped appearance on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” on CBS: Harry said he and Meghan had resigned from royal life because the “toxic” British media coverage was detrimental to his mental health. He said they intend to continue their “public service” in the US
“We all know what the British press can be like. And it’s ruined my sanity, “Harry said to Corden.” I said, “It’s poisonous.” So I did what any husband and father would do … I have to get my family out of here. “
Harry, 36, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and former Meghan Markle, 39, traded their royal roles in London for new lives as budding Hollywood moguls who lived and on a luxury estate in Montecito near Santa Barbara preparing a second American -born baby and more control over finances, privacy, public activities, and media image.
Her transformation sparked another royal crisis, similar to what happened when the marriage of Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, fell apart in the venomous “War of the Waleses” in the 1990s. Only now do the Sussexes and their supporters compete with tabloids, royal commentators, anonymous palace courtiers and Twitter trolls in official statements and social media posts.
CBS’s announcement last month that Winfrey, the Sussexes friend and champion, was interviewing them for a prime-time special sparked a tsunami of mostly critical media coverage in the UK, especially after Winfrey promised no issue would be off the table, promising “shocking” revelations.
Some tabloid websites, like the Daily Mail, published up to a dozen different stories a day, many of which portray Meghan in a bad light. Stories of how she bombarded employees with email at 5 a.m. were revived. She is said to have been furious with employees when she was told she couldn’t pile the freelance designer guys on her like any actress because it was against royal rules, another report said.
And The Times reported that three weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, she was wearing a pair of diamond chandelier earrings presented to the Queen as a wedding gift for Harry and Meghan by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Months later, US intelligence concluded that the Crown Prince was responsible for ordering the murder, and last week the report on the case was released by the Biden administration. The Crown Prince denies the order of the murder.
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