Meghan and Harry Oprah interview – live: Markle says concerns were raised over how dark baby’s skin would be

A two-hour TV special in which Oprah Winfrey interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a number of bombshell revelations that have been described as “devastating” and approaching “worst-case scenario territory” for Buckingham Palace.

Meghan revealed that she had suffered from suicidal thoughts and that the palace did not help her when asked. She cleared up a number of rumours regarding her relationship with other royals calling the Queen “wonderful” and saying that the whole family had been very welcoming.

In a segment that caused Oprah’s jaw to drop, Meghan said that concerned conversations were had about how dark her child’s skin would be when she was pregnant. Part of the breakdown in relations with the palace appeared to stem from the fact that because Archie was not a prince, he wouldn’t receive protection. The couple revealed their second child, due in the summer, is a girl.

Harry spoke about the other members of the royal family saying that he remains close with the Queen, hopes time will help heal his relationship with his brother, and that for a while Prince Charles would not take his calls. He said that he feels “let down” by his father.

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Voices: How might the palace respond?

Ali-Asghar Abedi offers some ideas.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 06:59

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Oprah gasps in horror at Meghan’s racism bombshell

Oprah Winfrey was left stunned during Meghan Markle’s sit-down interview when the Duchess of Sussex revealed that there had been conversations within the palace about “how dark” her unborn child’s “skin might be when he’s born”.

“What?” she asked. “Who is having THAT conversation… with you? What? Hold up, hold up. There’s a conversation with you…”

“With Harry,” Meghan corrected.

“About how dark your baby is going to be?”

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Adam Withnall8 March 2021 06:45

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Meghan compares herself to the Little Mermaid

At one point during the Oprah interview, Meghan recalled a moment when she was sat at home and the Little Mermaid come on TV – and she found herself relating to the heroine Ariel.

“I went, ‘Oh my God she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice.’

“But in the end, she gets her voice back,” she said.

Adam Withnall8 March 2021 06:30

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Harry confirms he watches The Crown as Oprah compares show to real life

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed they’ve seen “some of” Netflix’s The Crown after Oprah Winfrey compared the couple’s life to the most recent season of the hit show.

Harry also spoke about the Netflix series during a recent segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fiction,” he said. “But it’s loosely based on the truth.”

Rachel Brodsky reports from Los Angeles.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 06:20

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How people are reacting to the interview

What’s a good made-for-TV moment if it doesn’t get the people talking? And talk they have, as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey sat down for a tell-all interview on Sunday. 

The spectacle of the conversation, the couple’s first joint interview in years, has provoked a range of reactions – and that’s before it has even aired in some countries.

Josh Marcus scoured social media to see what people are saying about the big chat. Here’s what you need to know.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 06:02

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The rift with William

Prince Harry says that a distance has formed between him and his brother Prince William as he has stepped back from the royal family.

He said the relationship is one of “space at the moment,” but reiterated his love for his brother and said “time heals all things, hopefully.”

Josh Marcus reports.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 05:56

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Meghan and Harry reveal how the royal fairytale ended

Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell TV interview that a member of the royal family once raised “concerns” about the colour of her unborn child’s skin, as Prince Harry revealed that he’s fallen out with his brother and his father stopped taking his calls.

Meghan refused to say which royal had brought up the subject of race with Harry, insisting it would be “damaging” to that member fo the family.

Harry also refused to discuss with which royal he had the “awkward” conversation and told Oprah: “That conversation I’m never going to share.”

Meghan also told Oprah of her “pain” that Archie had been refused the title of prince, and that he had been denied round-the-clock security.

Graeme Massie reports from Los Angeles.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 05:44

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Tyler Perry to the rescue

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed how Tyler Perry stepped in to help them after they were left without security or a plan following their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

The couple reflected on Perry’s generosity during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired for the first time on Sunday.

While speaking with Winfrey about their subsequent move to Canada, and then to the United States, where they eventually settled down in California, the couple revealed that Perry, who has a net worth of $1bn, according to Forbes, offered them use of one of his homes and his security.

Chelsea Ritschel reports.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 05:32

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Harry feels ‘really let down’ by Charles

Prince Harry has revealed he feels “really let down” by his father Prince Charles, speaking of a rift between the pair in his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Speaking in the tell-all interview that aired on CBS on Sunday, Harry said he longed for the public support of his family, particularly during a time when his wife Meghan faced scrutiny from the British tabloids.

Josh Marcus reports.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 05:24

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Meghan had a rushed lesson on how to curtsy

Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey she was flying blind when she got welcomed into the royal family.

She didn’t know she had to curtsy to the Queen, and hadn’t even done a deep Google search of her now-husband Prince Harry.

She said she was baffled that she’d have to curtsy, pointing out to Harry that she is his grandmother. He replied, pointing out that as the monarch, it was expected.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 05:04

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