Harry & Meghan with Oprah
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- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour CBS primetime special
- The interview will be broadcast in the UK on Monday night on ITV at 21:00 GMT and on ITV Hub
- Among a raft of revelations, Meghan says she had times when she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”
- Meghan says one member of the Royal Family had concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be
- She says she was naive when she joined the family, and was surprised when she was asked to curtsy when she met the Queen
- Prince Harry reveals their new baby – due in the summer – is a girl
- Meghan reveals she and Prince Harry were married in a simple ceremony three days before their lavish wedding, which was “for the world”
Harry and Meghan with Oprah
The interview you don’t want to miss! Live updates as the interview airs – kicking off at 1 am GMT.
Harry Saved Us
On his relationship with William, Harry “We have been though hell together. We are own different paths.”
On Archie’s skin colour
On that conversation Meghan spoke to Oprah about on their baby’s skin colour, Harry says: That conversation I am never going to share. I am not comfortable with sharing that.
There is a lot to work through there. I feel really let down. He’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie is his grandson. I will always love him but there is a lot of hurts that has happened – Harry on Charles
On Money: Mum saw this coming
Harry: My family literally cut me off financially in the first quarter of 2020. I have got what my mum left me. I think my mum saw it coming. And I felt my Mum’s presence through this process.
Harry: If it were not for Meghan, I wouldn’t not have been able to leave. I felt trapped as well. I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped.
Meghan: I left my career, my life. I left everything because I love him. Our plan was for us to do this forever.
Meghan: They took away Harry’s security. I wrote letters to his family – I accept that I couldn’t;t have it. But I said “please keep keep my husband safe. Please don’t pull his security. And they said it’s not just possible”.
I felt trapped says Harry and so are my family. My father and brother are trapped in the system like the rest of my family are. “They don’t get to leave. I have huge compassion for that.”
Harry: It really all changed after our Australia tour. That brought back memories. To see how effortless it was for Meghan to come into the family and be able to connect with people. Oprah asks about Charles and Diana’s Australia tour
Harry says his family are “scared” of the British tabloid press. “I am acutely aware how scared my family are that the taboids will turn on them”.
Harry: We told Prince Charles that we would announce our departure and put it all out on 7 January. In other words, Harry says his father and grandmother knew that the announcement was coming that they were leaving – and they did NOT “blindside” The Queen
A horrible picture is being drawn – of Meghan torn apart by the coverage of her, having suicidal thoughts – and of the palace having learnt nothing in the 40 years since Diana.
Again, worth noting that this is only one side of the story.
On the whole Prince/Princess HRH thing for Archie, Meghan says the convention was actually being changed for their son. “The first baby of colour in this family”. And Prince Harry’s son would not be entitled to security.
“That was really hard to reconcile because it was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected I but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family.
“But they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.”
Meghan to Oprah: Kate apologised for making me cry. I have forgiven her. Kate is a “good person”. I can see now what layers were at play there. They really seem to want a narrative of a hero and a villain.
Meghan tells Oprah that she and Harry got married three days before their wedding.
“Three days before our wedding, we got married. No-one knows that but we called the Archbishop (of Canterbury) and we just said ‘this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us’.”
Meghan: I didn’t understand what the job was. What does it mean to be a working royal. What do you do? She also says “I didn’t do any research” before I dated Harry
First up, Meghan says she will reveal whether they are having a boy or a girl when Harry joins Oprah later
Why was Archie not made a Prince?
In a new teaser clip of the two-hour special, Meghan is asked by Oprah why her son was not made a prince — her answer was not included.