British royal family absorbs shock of revealing Harry, Meghan interview | Way of life
LONDON (AP) – Britain and its royals soaked up the tremors of a sensational TV interview with Prince Harry and Meghan on Monday, in which the couple said they encountered racist attitudes and a lack of support that pushed the Duchess thinking about suicide.
In a two hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple painted a deeply unflattering picture of life inside the royal household, portraying a cold and indifferent institution they had to flee for their lives.
Meghan told Winfrey that at one point ‘I didn’t want to be alive anymore’ and I was having uncontrollable suicidal thoughts. She said she sought help from the palace’s human resources department, but was told there was nothing they could do.
Meghan, 39, admitted she was naive at the start of her relationship with Harry and was unprepared for the restrictions of royal life.
The former TV star, who identifies as biracial, described that when she was pregnant with her son Archie there were “concerns and conversations about the color of her skin when she was born.”
Harry confirmed the conversation by saying, “I was a little shocked.” He said he would not reveal who made the comment.
The pair, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they were stepping down from royal duties last year, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. The split became official earlier this year, and the interview was widely seen as the first opportunity to explain their decision.
The implications for the interview – which aired Sunday night in the United States and aired in Britain on Monday night – are only now beginning to be understood. Emily Nash, Royal Editor at Hello! Magazine, said the revelations left her and many other viewers “in shock.”
“I don’t see how the palace can ignore these allegations, they are incredibly serious,” she said. “You have the allegations of racism. Then you also have the claim that Megan was not supported, and she asked for help even from the HR team within the household and was told that she could not ask for help. ‘help. “
Anti-monarchy group Republic said the interview gave a clearer picture of what the royal family looks like – and it’s not pretty.
“Whether for the sake of Britain or for the sake of the young royals, this rotten institution must go,” said the campaign group’s Graham Smith. “Some people will say ‘well, you would say that’, but this interview has only served to highlight what many people have known for years: the monarchy is rotten deep down and does not reflect British values. “
Harry, born a royal prince, described how his wife’s experience had helped him realize how he and the rest of the family were stuck in an oppressive institution.
“I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped,” Harry said. “My father and my brother, they are trapped.”
Meghan, he said, “saved me.”
Young royals – including Harry, Meghan, Harry’s brother, Prince William and William’s wife, Catherine – have made the campaign for mental health support and awareness one of their priorities. But Harry described a royal family completely unable to offer this support to their own members.
“For the family, they really have this mentality of ‘This is the way it is, this is the way it should be, you can’t change it, we’ve all been through this,'” said Harry. .
The couple had faced harsh criticism in the UK in preparation for the interview. Prince Philip, Harry’s 99-year-old grandfather, is in a London hospital after recovering from heart surgery, and critics have seen the move forward as a burden for the Queen – though, CBS, rather than Harry and Meghan, dictated the timing of the broadcast.
In the United States, sympathy for the couple poured in after the interview. It will be shown later Monday in Britain, where some see Meghan and Harry as a couple who put personal happiness above public duty.
Tennis star Serena Williams, a friend who attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding, said on Twitter that the Duchess’s words “illustrate the pain and cruelty she suffered”.
“The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and too often deadly,” added Williams.
Meghan – then known as Meghan Markle, who had starred in the US legal drama “Suits” – married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son, Archie, was born the following year.
Holding hands, Harry and Meghan sat across from Winfrey as she interrogated them in a lush garden. The couple live in Montecito, California, where they are Winfrey’s neighbors.
Harry said he had lived in fear of a repeat of the plight of his mother, Princess Diana, who was constantly covered in the press and died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being sued by paparazzi.
“What I saw was history repeating itself, but certainly a lot more dangerous – because then you add race, and you add social media,” Harry said.
Meghan and Harry praised the support they had received from Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother.
“The Queen has always been wonderful to me,” Meghan said.
But Harry has revealed he currently has a bad relationship with his brother, William, and said things got so bad with his father that at one point Prince Charles stopped taking his calls.
“There’s a lot to work on there,” Harry said of his relationship with his father. “I feel really disappointed. He went through something similar. He knows what pain looks like. And Archie is his grandson. I will always love him, but there was a lot of trouble. “
In a rare positive moment in the interview, Harry and Meghan revealed that their second child, due in the summer, will be a girl.