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royal shock Monarchy 'in crisis' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hit out at the Royal Family in Oprah interview

Life behind palace doors has not been exposed to this degree since the days of the “War of the Waleses”.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plunged the monarchy into a crisis accusing an un-named royal of racism, suggesting the family were jealous of Meghan and how she contemplated suicide while pregnant (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plunged the monarchy into a crisis accusing an un-named royal of racism, suggesting the family were jealous of Meghan and how she contemplated suicide while pregnant (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plunged the monarchy into a crisis accusing an un-named royal of racism, suggesting the family were jealous of Meghan and how she contemplated suicide while pregnant (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plunged the monarchy into a crisis, accusing an un-named royal of racism, suggesting the family were jealous of Meghan and revealing how she contemplated taking her own life while pregnant.

Meghan and Harry hit out at the institution and members of the royal family in a series of astonishing admissions during their candid Oprah Winfrey interview.

Appearing vulnerable at times, the duchess revealed that working for The Firm – as the royal family is sometimes known – ultimately left her feeling that ending her life was an option, and how she had not been protected by the monarchy.

Asked explicitly by Winfrey if she was thinking of self-harm and having suicidal thoughts at some stage, Meghan replied: “Yes. This was very, very clear.

“Very clear and very scary. I didn’t know who to turn to in that.”

A member of the royal family – who both Harry and Meghan refused to identify – was worried about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.

Meghan told Winfrey there had been “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born”.

Harry suggested his family were jealous of Meghan’s popularity with the public – just as the appeal of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales had reportedly been seen as a threat.

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Harry and Meghan talked candidly with Winfrey (Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese)

Harry and Meghan talked candidly with Winfrey (Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese)

Harry and Meghan talked candidly with Winfrey (Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese)

And he revealed how he has become estranged from his father the Prince of Wales, saying: “I feel really let down”, but added he would make it one of his priorities “to try and heal that relationship”.

Describing how she had been misrepresented in the press, Meghan said the Duchess of Cambridge had made her cry ahead of her wedding – the opposite of reports circulating ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that
Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.

In a lighter moment, the couple who announced in February they were expecting their second child said they are due to have a baby girl in the summer.

Life behind palace doors has not been exposed to this degree since the days of the “War of the Waleses”, when the turmoil of Charles and Diana’s disintegrating marriage was laid bare in the 1990s.

Social media has been largely sympathetic towards the couple following the American airing, with Tennis star Serena Williams leading the support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In a statement on Twitter, the tennis player described the duchess as her “selfless friend” who “teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble”.

She added: “Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonise us. We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimisation are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.

“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Daniel Martin, who did Meghan’s make-up on her wedding day, shared a picture of the pair on Instagram, alongside a poem from Maya Angelou that said: “You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

Celebrities and activists have also shown support for the couple, including the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, Meena Harris.

Prior to the interview airing, she tweeted: “Happy Meghan Markle appreciation day.”

After it had finished she said: “Her Majesty The Queen Oprah.”


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