The royal couple, Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry sat down with veteran American media personality, Oprah Winfrey in a tell-all interview where they made shocking revelations about the UK Royal family.
During the session, the Duchess of Sussex and the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle held nothing back.
She revealed that there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince.
Markle, whose mother is Black and father is white; said she was naive before she married into the British royal family in 2018; however, she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self-harm after asking for help but getting none.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Markle said in an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey that aired on broadcaster CBS late on Sunday in the United States, where she and Harry now live.
“In those months when I was pregnant; all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, ‘you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
She declined to say who had aired such concerns. Asked if she was silent or had been silenced, she replied: “The latter”.
The highly anticipated interview comes amid an acrimonious dispute; between Markle and Harry on one side and the British monarchy on the other.
The couple, who married in 2018; have stepped down from their royal duties and are now living in California.
Their critics accuse them of wanting all the glamour of their positions without the dedication it requires or scrutiny it brings.
To their supporters, their treatment shows how an outdated British institution has lashed out against a modern; biracial woman; with undertones of racism. That accusation is likely to gather momentum in light of Markle’s comments about her son.
There have also been allegations of bullying against Markle which first appeared in The Times newspaper in the buildup to the interview.
Buckingham Palace, which did not comment on the interview; in an unprecedented move said it would investigate the bullying claims; adding it was “very concerned”.
In response to the report, a spokeswoman for Markle said she was; “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself.”