Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Interview Recap

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Mary-Edith Cox, Social Media Chair

This past Sunday, March 7, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down for a two hour tell-all with Oprah Winfrey. Literally no topic was off limits, and wow, a lot of information was shared. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about everything, from their decision to step away from the royal family, to Harry’s relationship with Prince William, to Meghan’s drama with Kate Middleton, to their new life in California (and their growing family!) That’s honestly a lot to get through and recap, so if you missed the interview, go ahead and check out the biggest revelations below!

 

  1. They’re having a girl! 

So so so cute. Meghan also confirmed that she is due this summer. Mark your calendars!

 

  1. Prince Charles stopped taking Prince Harry’s calls

“When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my grandfather before he stopped taking my calls,” Harry said. He also explained, “I was desperate… I went to all the places which I thought should go to ask for help. We both did. Separately and together.”

 

  1. The Royals had racist conversations about Archie

Meghan revealed that there were racist “concerns” from some members of the royal family about her pregnancy and “how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born.” During the interview, Meghan elaborated on this issue and said, “In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security; he won’t be given a title’ …and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin is going to be when he’s born. That was relayed to me from Harry; that was from conversations that his family had with him. It was really hard to see those as compartmentalized conversations.”

 

  1. Meghan and Harry had a secret wedding

Meghan told Oprah that she and Harry were actually married by the Archbishop of Canterbury three days before the Windsor Castle wedding. She also said that the wedding ceremony at the Windsor Castle was actually just for show.

 

  1. Meghan revealed her struggle with mental health

The Duchess said that in the midst of intense scrutiny, she began having “real and frightening” thoughts and asked if she could go somewhere to get mental health help. She was told that she couldn’t. “I went to one of the most senior people to get help. And I share this because there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no,” Meghan said. She also added that she went to the palace’s human resources and told them directly, “I need help.”

 

  1. Harry taught Meghan to curtsy

Meghan said she learned how to curtsy right before meeting the Queen, saying, “I learned it very quickly right in front of the house,” noting also that Harry and Princess Eugenie taught her. “We went in and I met her, and apparently, I did a very deep curtsy,” she said. “I don’t remember it… and then we sat there and we chatted and it was lovely and easy.”

 

  1. Prince Harry says he and Prince William will have “space”

“The relationship is ‘space’ at the moment,” Harry said. “And time heals all things, hopefully.”

 

  1. Meghan says Kate Middleton made her cry

Meghan said this took place the week of her wedding to Prince Harry, and it was about flower girl dresses for Princess Charlotte. “I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone because it was a really hard week of the wedding… A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something — yes, the issue was correct, about the flower girl dresses — and it made me cry and it really hurt my feelings, and I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, it didn’t make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else is doing, which was trying to be supportive knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.”