Oprah interview highlights: From accusations of “falsehoods” against Buckingham Palace to alleged discrimination against their baby, here are some big revelations Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made on their explosive chat with Oprah Winfrey.
Previews of the interview before its broadcast had suggested this conversation between Markle, Harry and Winfrey would be one where no topic was off-limits. “Yes, I’m ready to talk,” Markle had proclaimed. It seems she has stood true to her promise.
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#EXCLUSIVE: In this extended first clip from @Oprah's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex says what it means to be able to speak for herself.
It comes one year after the couple left England and stepped back from full-time royal life.#OprahMeghanHarry pic.twitter.com/o3AdxpmLrh
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In their tell-all interview with the legendary host, the former royal couple opened up on their experience with ‘The Firm’ (as the British Royals are nicknamed), raised concerns of bullying at Buckingham Palace, and revealed the gender of their second child.
Here are Oprah interview highlights and major quotes
On Kate Middleton
“A few days before the wedding [Kate] was upset about the flower girl dresses and it made me cry.” -Markle
Adding on why this controversy was drummed up in the British press, she adds, “I don’t know why, I can see now what layers were at play there. And again they really seemed to want a narrative of a hero and a villain.” More here.
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.” -Markle
On Baby Archie and Baby No. 2
“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.” -Markle
Markle also emphasised on Archie not being given a royal title at birth, as were other grandchildren at Buckingham. Read more here. The ex-royals revealed their second baby is going to be a daughter.
On Princess Diana
“I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago.” -Harry about his mother’s time at Buckingham
I saw history repeating itself -Harry
On Speaking For Yourself
“It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say, ‘Yes … I’m ready to talk’ … to be able to just make a choice on your own and just to be able to speak for yourself.” -Markle
On Mental Health
Markle revealed she had “suicidal thoughts” during her time at Buckingham. “That was a very clear and real and frightening thought… I couldn’t be left alone.”
She admitted to feeling like a captive since her license, passport and other personal data were in the possession of royal authorities.