Meghan, the American-born wife of Prince Harry, has accused Britain’s royals of raising concerns about how dark their son’s skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide.
In a two-hour-long tell-all interview on CBS Television, the duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that she had been naive before she married into royalty in 2018, but that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self harm after pleading for help but getting none.
The thirty-nine-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, said her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family “about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.
“That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations that family had with him,” Meghan recounted in the interview which was aired late on Sunday.
She declined to say who had aired such concerns, as did Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex only said his family had cut them off financially and that his father Prince Charles, next-in-line to the British throne, had let him down and refused to take his calls at one point.
Buckingham Palace had no immediate comment about the interview, which aired in the early hours of Monday morning in Britain.
The broadcast was the most anticipated royal interview since Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, shared intimate details of her failed marriage to Prince Charles in 1995. The revelations by the Princess of Wales dented Charles’ reputation and the royal family’s standing in the eyes of the British public.