Meghan and Harry have spoken to Oprah Winfrey in a high profile interview aired in the US. Here are some of the key quotes…
Meghan on her wedding day:
“It was like having an out-of-body experience and I was very present for,” said Meghan.
“I think we were both really aware, even in advance of that, this, this wasn’t our day, this was the day that was planned for the world.”
On marrying into the Royal Family:
“I will say I went into it naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the Royal Family,” said Meghan.
“It wasn’t something that was part of conversation at home, it wasn’t something that we followed.”
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On the gender of her next baby:
Asked if she knows whether she is having a boy or a girl, Meghan said: “We do this time. I will wait for my husband to join us and we can share that with you.”
On newspaper reports she had reduced the Duchess of Cambridge to tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting:
Meghan said this was “a turning point”, and insisted it was Kate who made her cry.
Meghan said she did not want to be “disparaging to anyone” and claimed Kate apologised with flowers and a note “to take accountability”.
It was not a “confrontation” and it would not be “fair” to Kate to go into detail, she said, adding it was “hard to get over” being blamed for something she did not do.
On son Archie not being a prince or receiving a title, and the colour of his skin:
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and (said) that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan said.
“In those months when I was pregnant… we have in tandem the conversation of, you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
She declined to name who expressed those concerns: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
On considering self-harm and suicide:
Meghan said: “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he (Harry) just cradled me.”
She said she went to senior people in the institution to ask for help.
“I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, because they said, my heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.
“This wasn’t a choice. This was emails and begging for help, saying very specifically I am concerned for my mental welfare.”
On the royal institution:
“There’s the family, and then there’s the people that are running the institution, those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me,” Meghan said.
Asked whether the royal couple were silent or had been silenced:
Meghan said: “The latter. Everyone in my world was given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating to always say no comment.”
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