Tonight is the big night when Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle finally airs. I was looking forward to it earlier today. But then people kept popping in to comments saying the most vile things. I’ve removed the commenting option on that post for my own mental health. It was as if Meghan Markle shot their mamas or something. One of them even mocked her for cradling her baby bump. I didn’t have much of an opinion either way on this marriage. It has nothing to do with me or my life. I did feel a lot of compassion for Meghan when the UK press was so very racist toward her from the beginning.
For those of you who can’t access any compassion, I’m going to need you to figure out how to reign in your excessive vitriolic diatribes or just go watch the housewives or Tweet with Bethenny Frankel about this topic. The spewing of hatred at a pregnant woman, has already ruined my day. Meghan Markle’s treatment in the UK press has been just awful.
Do You Know How To Curtsy?
It looks like Meghan Markle and Oprah are neighbors in Montecito! They are filming outdoors in a friend/neighbor’s yard due to Covid. Oprah makes it clear that no questions are off limits and no one knows what questions she plans to ask and she was not paid for the interview. Oprah was at her wedding which she describes as magic. Meghan says she didn’t really research what she was getting into as far as day to day life as Prince Harry’s wife.
Meghan says that the first time she met the Queen she was going to lunch with Harry and suddenly his grandmother announced she would be joining them. Harry asked if she was nervous and she wasn’t then he asked her if she knew how to curtsey. And she didn’t so they practiced it outside for a bit before she went in. Meghan claims she did no research on the royal family before marrying Harry. I find that really hard to believe. I Googled a bit to help me navigate this recap.
Meghan Markle’s New Home Sweet Home
Next we get some footage that Oprah shot the day after their interview at Meghan Markle and Harry’s new home. It’s a very large property with dogs and chickens. Harry is the there as well. In the chicken coop, Meghan drops a bomb. She and Harry actually slipped away three days before the wedding and had a private ceremony in their backyard with just the two of them and their archbishop.
Back at the interview, Oprah goes over some of the rumors in the press when they first got married. Namely, staff quitting over her diva behavior and making Kate Middleton cry. Some of the rumors she had heard of, others she had not. Megan denies making Kate cry. She says that the reverse happened and it had to do with wedding arrangements (allegedly flower girl dresses). Meghan say Kate made up for it and brought her flowers. It was odd that seven months later when the story came out in the press the roles were reversed. Odd indeed. She was upset that no one corrected the headline when everyone knew.
What??!! Others Besides The Ones Here Mocked Her Baby Bump?
This was one of the most irksome snarks on the now closed previous commenting section. Every pregnant person in the world does that! It seems like the UK press thought it was sweet when Kate did it. But when Meghan Markle does it she is being “prideful and vain?” Another… let’s call in a black and white issue (AHEM!). Kate’s husband gave her an avocado to help her morning sickness. When Meghan was snapped eating an avocado, the headlines read that she was eating fruit, “linked to human rights abuse and drought …MILLENNIAL SHAME!” What the holy fuck is wrong with people?
Meghan doesn’t seem to want mention the race thing. So Oprah is going to bring it up. Meghan doesn’t want to call it racism. She does say that she was always and advocate for women’s rights and then in her new role she was silent. Oprah asked if she was silent or silenced. She says “the latter.” She says that the royals, for lack of a better term, were willing to lie to protect other family members, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect her.
Meghan Markle Locked Away
Meghan clarifies that there is THE FAMILY and there is THE FIRM. And the firm is the group that runs all the family businesses. She says she the Queen has always been wonderful to her. Then they play lots of photos footage of the two of them giggling together. She says everyone in the family welcomed her. She says she was locked up in their house a lot and not allowed to go to lunch with friends.
Meghan Markle says that when she was pregnant with Archie, she was told that the child would have no royal title (that was due to him) and that he would not have security. They also had concerns about how dark his skin would be. The conversations were had with Harry about Archie’s possible skin color. Meghan doesn’t want to out who had the conversations. Meghan says it was also a lie that she and Harry refused to take the usual photo with the baby leaving the hospital. She says they were not asked to take the photo because he was not getting a title.
The Relentless UK Media Lies About Meghan Markle
The extreme racist and sexist remarks by UK Media and internet trolls made life for Meghan Markle “almost unsurvivable.” The racist comments directed to her child must have been devastating. I simply cannot imagine. Meghan was suicidal during all of this. She remembers telling Harry. She went to The Firm/The Institution and reached out for help. Was told she could not go get help. She says The firm takes your passport, your driver’s license, your keys and you are basically at their mercy. And it seems they are short on mercy. This is heartbreaking.
Harry comes out and they announce together that they are having a girl! They don’t plan to have more children. The baby is due this summer. I’d say early June at the latest. Originally, the couple planned to live in Canada and still serve the commonwealth. But when they arrived, The Firm had cut off their security. That was the final straw. For a while they lived in one of Tyler Perry’s houses and he provided the security. Eventually they bought their new home in Montecito.
Prince Harry Joins The Interview
Prince Harry says his biggest concern has always been about history repeating itself. The media attention toward Meghan was amplified Several times over due to race and social media. Harry asked for help with more protection for Meghan in many ways and The Firm refused to provide help. Harry was naive about how racist everything became so quickly. He says he never blindsided his grandmother or his father. They had numerous conversations about his safety concerns for Meghan and the baby. He had a variety of solutions. And there was no support given, so they left. His dad has stopped taking his calls.
When it came to Meghan’s mental health Harry never asked his family for help. He knew it would not be given. So he needed to get her out of there. Harry said that 72 female members of Parliament spoke out in support of Meghan against the press, but his family would not. The Palace throws Christmas parties for the tabloids. Wow. Harry says he was trapped and didn’t know he was trapped until he met Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry Has Been Financially Cut Off
He says his father and his brother are trapped as well. His family has cut him off. But he still has his inheritance from Princess Diana. Harry says he speaks more to his grandmother now than he ever has. She likes to zoom to see the baby. Harry says he feels let down by his father because he has been through this situation himself. He loves his father and hopes to heal the relationship. Same with his brother. But for now they are taking some space.
Oprah brings up the conversations Harry had with his family about Archie’s skin tone. Oprah wants the details. Harry says he will never reveal that conversation. The conversation seems to have happened Before the marriage. They both agree with support and security they would still be there. The talk about their new charity, Archwell. This is how they will continue to serve the world. Harry is loving taking Archie to the beach and on bike rides. And being able to do those simple things. He’s content. He has no regrets. They are now thriving. Meghan has her fairytale ending. They both feel like the other saved them. Oh there is more tomorrow on CBS This Morning.