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Meghan accuses UK royals of racism, says 'didn't want to be alive'

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By Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, accused Britain's royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son's skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide, in a tell-all television interview that will send shockwaves through the monarchy.

The 39-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, said 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.

Meghan said that her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family about "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 an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS late on Sunday.

Meghan declined to say who had aired such concerns, as did Harry. He said his family had cut them off financially and that his father Prince Charles, heir 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 two-hour broadcast was the most anticipated royal interview since Harry's late mother Princess Diana shared intimate details of her failed marriage to Charles in 1995, denting the heir's reputation and the family's standing in the eyes of the British public.

"The monarchy has just been hit by its worst crisis since the abdication" of Edward VIII in 1936, said Republic, a campaign group that wants to abolish the monarchy. "This rotten institution needs to go."

Nearly three years since her star-studded wedding in Windsor Castle, Meghan described some unidentified members of the royal household as brutal, mendacious and guilty of racist remarks.

She also accused Kate, the wife of her husband's elder brother Prince William, of making her cry before her wedding.

While the family came in for open criticism, neither Harry nor Meghan attacked Queen Elizabeth directly.

Still, Meghan said she had been silenced by "the Firm" - which Elizabeth heads - and that her pleas for help while in distress at racist reporting and her predicament had fallen on deaf ears.

"I just didn't want to be alive any more. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how he (Harry) just cradled me," Meghan said, wiping away tears.

'REALLY LET DOWN'

Harry and Meghan's announcement in January, 2020, that they intended to step down from their royal roles plunged the family into crisis. Last month, Buckingham Palace confirmed the split would be permanent, as the couple looks to forge an independent life in the United States.

Harry, 36, said they had stepped back from royal duties because of a lack of understanding, and he was worried about history repeating itself - a reference to the death of his mother Diana who was killed in a 1997 crash as her car sped away from chasing photographers.

Asked what his mother would say about events, he answered: "I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad." He felt "really let down" by his father.

Harry denied blindsiding Queen Elizabeth, his grandmother, with his decision to shun life within the monarchy, but said Prince Charles stopped taking his calls at one point.

"I had three conversations with my grandmother, and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls. And then he said, can you put this all in writing?"

Detractors say the couple wanted the limelight, but were not willing to live with the attention it brought. To supporters, their treatment shows how an outdated British institution lashed out against a modern, independent biracial woman.

LIES AND TEARS

There have also been allegations of bullying against Meghan which appeared in The Times newspaper in the buildup to the couple's appearance. Buckingham Palace said it would investigate the claims, adding it was "very concerned".

Meghan told Winfrey that people within the royal institution not only failed to protect her against malicious claims but lied to protect others.

"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 but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family," Meghan said.

Meghan denied a newspaper story that she had made Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, cry before the wedding and said it was a turning point in her relations with the media and the palace.

"The reverse happened," Meghan said. "A few days before the wedding she (Kate) was upset about something, pertaining to yes the issue was correct about the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings."

Meghan, who said they were not paid for the interview, conceded she had not realised what she was marrying into when she joined the British monarchy and "went into it naively".

The couple also revealed that Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, was expecting a girl.

Harry said Meghan had "saved" him from his trapped royal life. "I would disagree, I think he saved all of us. You made a decision that certainly saved my life," Meghan said.

"This is in some ways just the beginning for us."

Meghan accuses UK royals of racism, says 'didn't want to be alive'
 

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Anthony Badalamenti
Anthony Badalamenti Mar 08, 2021 2:30PM ET
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Racist became popular when a thin skinned black named Obama became President. Can't criticize children you know.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Mar 08, 2021 4:31AM ET
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The Buckinghams act like Trump: born with a silver spoon, out of touch with reality, living and acting behind vanity curtains unable to adapt to the facts, hanging onto their entitlements in their fake world. Meghan is the George Floyd, a victim of distorted forces.
Aeron Geronimo
Aeron Geronimo Mar 08, 2021 4:31AM ET
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There you go, using racism card. I am not sure how sensitive the world is, but black is black, white is white. Royal Family is white, if she feels she is outcast, it's her problem. Is she that dumb to know that she is marrying a Royal from the very start? or she just assumed she can bend the rules?
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Mar 08, 2021 3:24AM ET
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why isnt this hard to beleive ?! Transparent
Lester Godinez
Optimist_GUY Mar 08, 2021 3:14AM ET
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Cry me a river !!! She is a social climber and she is jealous of Kate, who has more class and elegant and one day has a chance to be the queen.. She has no class. AS the saying goes, "Behind the success of William is a Kate and so is the downfall of Harry is Meghan.
楊威利
楊威利 Mar 08, 2021 3:14AM ET
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So its ok for the queen to be racist?
Lester Godinez
Optimist_GUY Mar 08, 2021 2:54AM ET
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Cry me a river !!!
Roni Haga
Roni Haga Mar 08, 2021 2:25AM ET
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Really??? Poor little Princess. The entire Royal Family is supposed to cater to her instead of her conforming. Give me a break.
Aeron Geronimo
Aeron Geronimo Mar 08, 2021 2:18AM ET
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Meghan is annoying as her role in Suits. This Pocahontas is not worth of the royal family. She knows that she is marrying a royal not some random Holywood stars. She is just a social climber dressed of the high society. Good thing, royals do not give in to her demand. If you don't belong, you don't belong. It's not racism! We do not call racism when not all people can enter Buckingham Palace. I really hope it does not end well for her.
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Mar 08, 2021 2:03AM ET
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People accusing others of racism are often the worst racists of all.
Anthony Badalamenti
Anthony Badalamenti Mar 08, 2021 2:03AM ET
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Right you are!!
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Mar 08, 2021 1:16AM ET
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UK royals should have been trashed long time ago, which look ugly in contrast to democracy.
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Mar 08, 2021 1:14AM ET
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And why do so many people get to lob accusations with no source or not saying who said what? She just says some people were racist. could be lying. could have been a 93 year old with alzheimers
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Mar 08, 2021 1:11AM ET
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The royal family probably orchestrated this all lol. Made them relevant globally again.
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Mar 08, 2021 1:10AM ET
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who cares about these elitists?
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Mar 08, 2021 1:10AM ET
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Two words for Prince Harry: "paternity test."
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Mar 08, 2021 1:08AM ET
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"This is in some ways just the beginning for us." You bet it is.  With no talent, no careers, no job skills, this $7 million should last about 3 years - then it'll be "Oprah - The Royal Interviews" part deux.
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Ad Cline Mar 08, 2021 1:08AM ET
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a_jaundiced ...my how racist of you.
Antony Wijaya
Antony Wijaya Mar 08, 2021 1:07AM ET
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Playing victim
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Mar 08, 2021 12:48AM ET
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Poor girl.  Well, luckily, it's nothing 7 million bucks couldn't fix.
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Mar 08, 2021 12:48AM ET
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Criticizing / commenting on someone who is (semi) black doesn't make you a racist. It's an attitude like yours which is dividing
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Ad Cline Mar 08, 2021 12:48AM ET
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a_jaundiced....is just another racist with a jealous rant.
Jo Pa
Jo Pa Mar 08, 2021 12:29AM ET
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She isolates her husband, accuses his family of all being racists, then she'll accuse him of abuse, she'll divorce him for everything he has, and then she'll be worshipped as a victim of the evil Patriarchy.
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Ad Cline Mar 08, 2021 12:29AM ET
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Jo pa the family has a history of racism you obviously agree with.
Roni Haga
Roni Haga Mar 08, 2021 12:29AM ET
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Yes. Poor Harry.
Tiffany Nguyen
Tiffany Nguyen Mar 07, 2021 11:39PM ET
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Clearly she doesn’t want privacy otherwise why have this interview. These two are making a brand for themselves.
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Mar 07, 2021 11:39PM ET
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Exactly. Up Next: "Kardashians blame Media for lack of privacy."
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Mar 07, 2021 11:31PM ET
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Is about time that this parasite wannabe monarchs persons get a real job and quit living off the British tax payers. England needs to over throw the Monarchy like France and most of the European countries.
Corey Murphy
Corey Murphy Mar 07, 2021 11:29PM ET
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Megan plays the race card on everything, she is clearly mentally ill. i dont know how Harry could be around here.. its not hard to see why she was divorced before Prince Harry, and will be so again soon in near future.
Hans Mueller
Hans Mueller Mar 07, 2021 11:14PM ET
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Naive - common state of mind in the US when it comes to anything non-US
Nick Thomas
Nick Thomas Mar 07, 2021 10:58PM ET
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trash. who cares
Indie LXXXVIII
Indie LXXXVIII Mar 07, 2021 10:47PM ET
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Change is difficult and requires sacrsfice more times than not. I can't wait to see what their children will be like. Variety is the spice of life. Verdict is out.
James White
James White Mar 07, 2021 10:35PM ET
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she is not a good person
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Mar 07, 2021 10:15PM ET
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Shes a fudge swirl
 
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