Meghan Markle Says UK Royals Refused to Make Son Prince Due to Skin Color
Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that the U.K. Royals refused to make their son Archie a prince or receive a title partly due to issues concerning his skin color.
"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 that he wasn't going to receive security," Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in an interview aired on CBS on Sunday.
Meghan Markle noted that there were conversations within the Royal family about his son's security, not going to be given a title, and concerns about how dark Archie's skin might be when he's born, Reuters reported.
She said these conversations, which went on in those months that she was pregnant, were conversations between Prince Harry and his family that was relayed to him by her husband. But when asked who the conversation was with, the former "Suits" actress declined to answer, saying it "would be very damaging to them."
With a Black mother and white father, Meghan admitted that she was "a bit shocked" on concerns within the Royal family about her son's skin color.
Meghan Markle's Concern
In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, the famous talk show host was left in awe when Meghan shared how the British Royal family denied the prince's title to her son Archie because of his skin color, WRAL.Com reported.
The report added that more than the prince title for her one-year-old son Archie, she is more concerned about his safety and protection. Teary-eyed, Meghan Markle noted that "he needs to be safe."
The Royal couple stepped down last year from their duties as members of the Royal family, and they had started a new life in the U.S. Prince Harry reportedly said that he left due to a lack of understanding, and he was worried about history repeating itself, just like what happened to Princess Diana back in 1997.
Meghan Markle on Considering Suicide
The 39-year-old former actress admitted that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and even considering self-harm after pleading for help but ended getting none.
"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 (Prince Harry) just cradled me," she said, adding that she went to senior people in the institution to ask for help but ended up with nothing.
She noted that she was told that she could not go somewhere to get help since it would not be "good for the institution," and she was not a paid employee of the institution.
Meghan Markle and the Royal Family
Before marrying Prince Harry, Reuters reported that Meghan said that she was naive before her wedding and did not realize what she was marrying into as she joined the British Royal family. Meghan noted that she did not grow up knowing much about the Royal family.
According to Star Tribune, Meghan still expressed her gratitude towards the Queen, saying that "the Queen has always been wonderful to me." Meghan further noted that some in the Royal palace are willing to lie to protect the other family members.
Reuters also mentioned a spokesperson for Meghan Markle, saying the news about Archie, his skin color, and other issues saddened Meghan because it was "an attack on her character" as someone who was already a victim bullying herself.
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