Meghan and Harry Oprah interview – live: Race, suicide and rift allegations are palace’s ‘worst-case scenario’

On Sunday night CBS broadcast a two-hour special in which Oprah Winfrey interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It delivered a number of bombshell moments behind the scenes of the Duke and Duchess’ decision to step down as senior members of the royal family 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 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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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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Piers Morgan is not buying it

It sounds like UK TV presenter Piers Morgan is preparing for quite a show in the UK on Monday morning when he hosts Good Morning Britain on ITV.

He is no fan of Meghan.

ITV will be broadcasting the Oprah special on Monday night in the UK.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:54

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Meghan’s friend Serena Williams responds

Meghan’s friend, tennis legend Serena Williams posted a statement to Twitter following the airing of the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Of her “selfless friend” Meghan she said: “She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble.”

Ms Williams says that she knows first hand the sexism and racism used to vilify women and people of colour.

“We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.”

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:47

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Voices: Royal family may regret not standing up for Meghan

There was no dignity or decorum in their silence, writes Shappi Khorsandi.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:45

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American readers can tune into CBS This Morning at 7am ET when Oprah will reveal more clips from the interview and her time with Harry and Meghan.

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‘Heading into worst-case scenario territory’

BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond says that the allegation that there were discussions in the palace about how dark the skin of Harry and Meghan’s baby would be is “devastating”.

“This is heading into ‘worst-case scenario’ territory for the palace,” he wrote.

He later wrote that Meghan and Harry have “upended the narrative created by Britain’s bestselling newspapers” by revealing terrible strains inside the palace.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:38

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Harry implies royals were jealous of Meghan’s Diana-like popularity

Harry said that the family’s attitude towards Meghan changed significantly after her hugely successful tour of Australia, their first as a married couple.

The couple spent 16-days in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji in October 2018, just months after their wedding.

“It all changed after the Australia tour,” Harry told Oprah during Sunday’s interview.

Graeme Massie reports from Los Angeles.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:28

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Archie Zooms with the Queen

Prince Harry has revealed that he and Meghan’s son Archie regularly enjoys Zoom calls with the Queen, and shared the latest words the toddler has picked up.

The couple, who are currently expecting their second child, a girl, discussed their firstborn during Sunday’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Chelsea Ritschel reports from New York.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:22

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Meghan Markle says Queen Elizabeth ‘was always wonderful’

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 04:11

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