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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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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