Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s recent interview sheds light on why they chose to leave the royal life

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Photo by Ashley Johnson

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry describe how difficult living as a royal can be during their Oprah interview.

On Sunday, March 7th, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry shed some light (or some darkness) on what it was really like to live as a royal family member in the United Kingdom, and how the lifestyle that had caused their decision to leave their titles, ended up benefitting them in the long run.

After American actress and TV persona, Meghan Markle, married Prince Harry of Sussex, she entered the realm of royalty and became the Duchess of Sussex. There had always been controversy in the beginning when it came down to Meghan, an American, as a new member of the royal family,  but what people failed to realize was how much more stressful it was to be the American entering a country who was speculating you as a potential ruler. Meghan and Harry in their interview brought almost everything that they could to the table and addressed every single rumor, misunderstanding, feeling, and hardship they took on during their time as members of the royal family.

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During their interview, Meghan describes royal life as completely different than what American’s think it is, and that it is not a “fairytale”. (Screenshot by Ashley Johnson from YouTube)

After Meghan and Harry’s wedding, tabloids began to push out news that Meghan and sister-in-law, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had a falling out over flower girl dresses, to which many believed was fueled by Meghan, since reports had stated it was Kate who was reduced to tears over the argument. During the interview, Meghan spoke on the issue, stating that it was actually the reverse of what people were being told and insisted that there wasn’t much further to discuss about the disagreement, due to the fact that Kate had apologized and even sent flowers to make up for the rift.

Meghan added, “It wasn’t a confrontation. I don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that because she apologized. And I’ve forgiven her. What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do it, but that happened to me.”

Although the argument between Meghan and Kate seemed like the worst of the worst at the time, the journey was far from over, since Meghan then released some more gruesome information on her life as a royal family member, which ultimately had to do with her son, Archie, and her own mental health.

Prince Harry and Meghan have one son together so far, and they are pregnant with another baby. The couple shared on the interview that during the time of Meghan’s pregnancy, royal family members (who they refused to name) decided to discuss with Prince Harry their concern over what the baby’s skin tone would be, a conversation which Prince Harry himself confirmed was true.

The news of the “concern” over Archie’s skin tone and race had many people speechless, including Oprah, and speculators wanted to know who in the royal family had made those remarks, to which Meghan stated, “I think that would be very damaging to them (to share the names of those who made the remarks).” 

I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was very clear and real and frightening.”

— Meghan Markle

Meghan also gave insight on what her own mental health had looked like while she held her title as Duchess of Sussex, which many people were surprised to see was suicidal. She told Oprah about how she felt the victim of “character assassination,” and the pressure pushed onto her made her want to self harm. Prince Harry also confirmed her feelings as another true statement, since he had talked about how she had often told him about her thoughts regarding ending her own life. Meghan also had stated that the price to pay to be a royal family member was close to stealing everything away from her, such as her drivers license, her passport, and keys.

The royal family’s attention has now shifted more onto what was all revealed on the interview as the couple begins to make their exit from their duties, and the way the interview came across has been related back to Princess Diana’s interview before her death. Many of the family members continue to have “icy” feelings towards Prince Harry and Meghan, including Harry’s own father and brother, but Prince Harry insists over time things will find a way to be resolved. The couple now resides in California.

Watch below some clips of their interview:

CBS This Morning, YouTube