The Duchess of Sussex has alleged racist conversations took place within the Royal Family regarding her son Archie’s skin tone. The claims were made as part of an interview Meghan and Prince Harry did with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
In it, Prince Harry also said he felt let down by his father Prince Charles, who he says stopped taking his calls.
This was an eagerly awaited interview from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, two hours worth of conversation and revelation and there were a number of accusations made.
SABC’s Laura Makin-Isherwood is at Buckingham Palace:
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, claims there were some conversations regarding what skin tone the couple’s son would have, but refused to reveal who might have been involved specifically in that when pressed by Oprah Winfrey saying it would be quite damaging to them.
She also revealed that she had been feeling suicidal during her pregnancy and that when she asked for help from the Royal Family, also referred to as ‘The Firm’ or ‘The Institution’, she was told there was nothing that could be done to protect her because she wasn’t a paid employee.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, made claims of his own saying that the couple had not ‘blindsided’ her Majesty the Queen with their decision to step back from the frontline of Royal duty, as had been reported.
Prince Harry said that there had been a number of telephone conversations with the Queen before they announced they were leaving.
He also said he felt let down by his father, Prince Charles, who Prince Harry claims stopped taking his calls.
The interview will not be broadcast in the UK until Monday night, but already, people are forming their own opinions on what was said.
There has been no response from Buckingham Palace so far.
There had been many commentators in the run-up to this interview who had questioned the timing, questioned whether it was sensitive, given the Queen’s husband Prince Philip remains in hospital following heart surgery.
Meghan, though, said she hoped that people would know ‘there’s another side, to know that life is worth living.’ -Reporting by Laura Makin-Isherwood