Meghan and Harry Oprah interview – live: Skin tone comment ‘not from Queen or Philip’ as new clips released

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.

Now, in a series of newly released clips and an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, further revelations have been made about life in the royal family for the couple.

In the interview, Meghan said that concerned conversations were had about how dark her child’s skin would be when she was pregnant. Now, Winfrey has said that neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh were part of those conversations.

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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Boris Johnson spokesman says there’s ‘no place in society for racism’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has not seen Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Harry and Meghan, Downing Street have said.

Asked yesterday whether he’d be watching, the PM said that he’s “interested in all sorts of stuff around the news around the world” but that he’d “probably miss” the interview because it’s on “quite late our time”.

Pressed today to comment on Meghan’s allegation that an unnamed royal raised “concerns” over the colour of her child’s skin during her first pregnancy, Johnson’s spokesperson reportedly said that there’s “no place for racism in society”.

The same sentiment was expressed by Children’s Minister Vicky Ford this morning.

The prime minister will lead a Covid-19 press briefing at 4pm, where it’s possible he’ll face more questions about his reaction to Harry and Meghan’s interview.

Joanna Taylor8 March 2021 14:35

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Fans of The Crown speculate over what next season will be like following the Harry and Meghan interview

Fans of Netflix’s The Crown have relished the opportunity to discuss what might happen in the next season of the hit historical drama following the Harry and Meghan interview.

“I hope the producers of The Crown are helping CBS and OW with production costs,” teased one person. “They are getting two seasons of material out of this.”

Others teased that the bombshell interview was like watching “The Crown in real time!?!”

Prince Harry has previously said he watched The Crown during a recent segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

“They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fiction,” he said of the programme. “But it’s loosely based on the truth.”

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 14:30

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Meghan says the press ‘hunted my mom down’

Speaking about her family in a previously-unaired interview clip, Meghan said that the tabloid press “hunted my mom down”.

She went on: “And you’ve never heard her say a word. She’s remained in silent dignity for four years watching me go through this.”

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, attended her daughter’s wedding in 2018. She reportedly spent time with the couple and their son, Archie, when the family moved to California last year.

Meghan contrasted her mother’s “silent dignity” with the behaviour of her father, Thomas Markle, who she says lied to her about having spoken to the press.

She also criticised her half-sister, Samantha Markle, for claiming to have written a “tell all” book about the Duchess when they haven’t spoken in 19 years.

Joanna Taylor8 March 2021 14:18

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What questions did Meghan and Harry not answer in Oprah interview?

It might seem like there was no subject uncovered in the groundbreaking Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey, but there are some things the couple did not reveal.

For example, the couple refused to name the royal family member who allegedly made racist comments during Meghan’s first pregnancy.

The couple said that doing so would be too “damaging” for the person in question, leaving many wondering who it might have been.

Meghan also did not name the person in the palace she approached when she experienced suicidal thoughts, simply referring to them as “one of the most senior people” in the royal household.

In the interview, Meghan claims that whomever she did approach brushed off her concerns because of the optics.

It’s also not known why Meghan didn’t receive more guidance from the royal family on “how to be royal”.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 14:03

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Meghan says her father lied about speaking to the press

Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, told her that he hadn’t spoken to the British media despite the fact he had, the Duchess said.

In previously unaired footage from her CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan is asked about her relationship with her Dad.

“If we’re going to use the word betrayal, it’s because, when I asked him– when the comms team told us the story was coming out, we called my Dad and asked him and he said ‘no, absolutely not’,” she said.

When she urged him to “tell me the truth” so “we can help”, Mr Markle “didn’t do that” she added.

“That, for me, has really resonated as a mother. I look at Archie and I can’t imagine doing anything to hurt my child. I can’t reconcile that.”

Mr Markle allowed The Mail on Sunday to publish excerpts from a private letter his daughter wrote to him shortly before her wedding.

The letter’s publication became central to a legal battle between the Duchess and Associated Newspapers Limited.

Joanna Taylor8 March 2021 14:01

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Meghan says she hasn’t seen half-sister Samantha Markle in 19 years

In a new clip released from the landmark Oprah interview, Meghan Markle opened up about her relationship with her half-sister Samantha Markle, who released a supposedly “tell-all” book about the duchess last month.

However, speaking to Oprah, Meghan explained that “it would be very hard” for the book to be a tell-all considering that she has no relationship with Samantha, who, Meghan added, only changed her surname to Markle once she had started dating Harry.

“I grew up as an only child,” the duchess added. “I wished I had siblings, I would’ve loved to.”

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 13:30

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Meghan and Harry say they didn’t feel supported by royal family in new clip

In a new clip from the Harry and Meghan Oprah interview, Harry reveals he did not feel supported by anyone in the royal family after revealing he and Meghan wanted to step back and experiencing a backlash in the media as a result.

“The feeling is that this was our decision and therefore the consequences are on us,” he said.

“Look, it has been really hard, because I’m part of the system, I always have been, but I guess there is… I’m very aware that my brother can’t leave that system but I have.”

Harry did not speak on behalf of Prince William when Oprah asked whether he wanted to leave that system. But he went on to describe the royal family as a “toxic environment”.

“But I w ill always be there for him and for my family,” he added.

When asked by Oprah if it would make a difference were the royal family to acknowledge what he and Meghan had gone through, Harry replied: “Yeh, it would make a huge difference.

“There’s a lot of people that have seen it for what it was. A lot of people, it’s talked about across the world. Yet the people that don’t want to see it or can’t see it choose not to see it.”

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 13:13

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Oprah explains why Harry and Meghan wanted to do the interview with her

Oprah Winfrey has explained why she believes Harry and Meghan wanted to speak to her for the landmark interview that aired on Sunday in the US.

“I think they agreed to do it, wanted to do it, and were ready to do it because when you have been lied about for a series of years, I think anybody can understand this, if in your own office or your own family, somebody is saying things about you that are not true… how hurtful that is.

“Imagine that over a period of months and years.”

The TV host made the remark during a new interview with CBS This Morning.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 13:01

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Neither the Queen nor Duke of Edinburgh made racist comment about colour of Archie’s skin, Oprah confirms

Oprah Winfrey has confirmed that neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh were the ones to allegedly make the racist comment with regards to Archie’s skin colour.

In the interview, Meghan told the TV host that there were “concerns” raised within the royal family during her pregnancy about “how dark” their baby’s skin might be.

“In those months when I was pregnant … we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she said during the interview.

While Meghan did not reveal who had raised those concerns, Winfrey has confirmed during an appearance on CBS This Morning that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip.

However, she added that she did not know who it was.

The palace has not responded to the claim.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 12:57

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Queen ‘didn’t have time to see Harry’ following Megxit letter

Prince Harry has claimed that the Queen didn’t have time to see him and Meghan following a letter they had sent to “the institution” announcing their plans to step away from the royal family.

In a new clip from the Oprah interview, the Duke is heard telling Oprah that initially the Queen had invited him and Meghan to see her in Sandringham.

However, Harry then received a message from the Queen’s private secretary to say the Queen was no longer able to meet.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 12:50

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Prince Harry says racism was ‘large part’ of why he and Meghan left the UK

In a new clip from the groundbreaking interview between Oprah Winfrey and Harry and Meghan, the Prince is heard saying that he and Meghan left the UK because of racism.

Winfrey asked him: “Did you leave the country because of racism?”

Harry replied: “It was a large part of it, I remember at the Sentebale fundraise, one of the people at that dinner said to me, ‘please don’t do this with the media. They will destroy your life’.”

The comment came after Harry delivered a speech about why he and Meghan had decided to step back from the royal family in 2020.

The duke explained to Oprah that this person was friendly with a lot of UK editors.

“He said, ‘you need to understand that the UK is very bigoted’.”

Harry replied by stating that he disagreed and believed that the UK press, specifically the tabloid press, was bigoted. But the anonymous person kept insisting that the entire country was in fact bigoted.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 12:42

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‘Caroline Flack’ trends on Twitter as viewers criticise response to Meghan Markle’s comments on suicidal thoughts

Caroline Flack’s name has been trending on Twitter today in the wake of a groundbreaking interview between Harry and Meghan and Oprah Winfrey, in which Meghan revealed that she was left suicidal and claimed that palace staff ignored her pleas for help.

In response, some people, including Piers Morgan, have questioned Meghan’s comments, with the GMB host saying he “doesn’t believe” her.

As a result, Twitter users are reminding others that, one year after Caroline Flack took her own life, conversations around suicide and mental health are still wildly damaging and out of touch.

“If you said ‘be kind’ after Caroline Flack died but are slagging off Meghan Markle this morning, you are part of the problem. #MeghanandHarryonOprah,” tweeted one person.

“Piers Morgan showing complete disregard for Meghan Markle’s suicidal thoughts, live on breakfast tv. I see we’ve come a long way in the year since Caroline Flack’s death,” added another.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 12:30

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Oprah to discuss her interview with Harry and Meghan on live TV on Monday

Oprah Winfrey will discuss her interview with Harry and Meghan in more detail in a few hours during a live appearance on CBS This Morning.

The channel announced that the TV juggernaut would be joining them live between 7 and 9am local time (between 12pm and 2pm UK time) with never-before-seen clips from the interview.

The appearance will come ahead of the UK broadcasting the interview on ITV this evening at 9pm.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 12:00

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Prince Harry says he’s ‘hurt’ by the Queen removing his royal patronages but ‘respects’ her decision

Prince Harry has said he was “hurt” after his grandmother the Queen took away his royal patronages and honorary titles.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in the interview that aired in the US on Sunday, the duke explained that he “respects” HRH’s decision but would “still love” for himself and Meghan “to be able to continue to support those associations, albeit without the title or the role”.

The revelation that the couple would lose their royal patronages came shortly after the CBS Meghan and Harry Oprah interview was announced to the public.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 11:40

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Meghan and Harry have asked serious questions – the monarchy will survive, but it is drifting into irrelevance

As a groundbreaking interview between Harry and Meghan and Oprah Winfrey airs in the US, some people are questioning the relevance of the British monarchy.

“If it really is true that the Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge are ‘trapped’ in the institution by accident of birth, as the Sussexes claim; why do we persist with such a nonsense?” writes Sean O’Grady in The Independent.

“No doubt the institution will survive, for the time being – it’s been shown to be very resilient, and has been through worse in the past; distressing as the revelations are.” 

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 11:20

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Piers Morgan demands Meghan and Harry ‘name the racist’ they say raised questions on how dark Archie’s skin might be

Piers Morgan has demanded that Meghan and Harry “name the racist” they say raised questions on how dark Archie’s skin might be.

The comment was in reference to a claim that Meghan made in the landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in the US on Sunday.

Speaking about Archie not being given a royal title, she told the TV juggernaut: “In those months when I was pregnant … we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

She was asked by Oprah who was having those conversations. The duchess replied: “That was relayed to me from Harry from conversations that family had with him.”

Now, Piers Morgan is demanding that the couple name the person who made that remark.

Speaking on Good Morning Britian, the TV host said that the couple “spraygunned everybody else by name, so give us the name of the racist”.

He added: “We need to know who these people were.”

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 11:00

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Viewers complain about number of ads that aired during Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview

Viewers have complained about the number of ads that played during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The landmark interview, which aired in the US on CBS last night, saw the couple give their first joint interview since stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

They discussed everything from mental health and alleged arguments between Meghan and Kate to their secret wedding and how they’re expecting a baby girl.

While there was much to comment on, many viewers tweeted about the number of ad breaks featured across the 90-minute interview.

“I’ve never seen so many commercials in any programme ever,” said one person.

“Oprah asks one question and then BAM it’s adverts,” another added.

Many viewers compared the TV event to the Superbowl, which is also famous for the number of adverts that feature during the broadcast.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 10:40

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Americans are comparing the royal family to the Kardashians

It might seem like an unlikely comparison, but the British royal family is being likened to the Kardashians in the wake of the landmark Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan.

In the interview, the couple addressed everything from why they decided to step away from the royal family to how their mental health was impacted in the run-up to that decision.

There has been much to discuss from the interview, and yet “Kardashians” has been trending on Twitter all morning as viewers compare the couple to the ultra-famous reality TV family.

With no royal family of their own, for US viewers, it seems that Kim, Khloe, Kendall (who boast millions of Instagram followers between them) and co are the only comparable equivalent.

“So are the Princes and all that basically the Kardashians of England?” tweeted one person. “Just constant tabloid plots for drama/entertainment? It’s so odd to me that it’s a real thing.”

“I keep telling people the royal family is just the British Kardashians,” added another.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 10:20

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Meghan and Harry ‘at peace’ now that they’ve left the royal family while the palace stays silent

The couple have said that are “at peace” now they’ve left the royal family.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in a groundbreaking interview that aired in the US on Sunday, Meghan was asked what her new home in Santa Barbara means to her.

Replying with a smile, the duchess said simply: “peace”.

Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the landmark interview, in which Meghan opened up about her mental health and how she had suicidal thoughts while she was in the royal family.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 10:17

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Harry and Meghan were not paid for the Oprah interview

There has been a lot of discussion on social media as to how much Harry and Meghan were paid to participate in the landmark interview with Oprah.

However, it transpires that they weren’t paid at all.

At the start of the interview, Oprah told the couple: “Before we get in to it, I just want to make it clear to everybody that even though we’re neighbor … that there has not been an agreement, you don’t know what I’m going to ask, and there is no subject that’s off-limits and you are not getting paid for this interview.”

Meghan replied: “All of that is correct.”

That’s not to say there wasn’t big money involved in the interview.

Olivia Petter8 March 2021 10:00

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