Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview: the five most shocking revelations

From revealing the sex of their baby to opening up about royal rifts, the pair did not hold back

After months of carefully worded statements and media speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview detailing their split from the UK royal family, which showed in the US on Sunday night.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that “no subject was off limits” for the interview and, as expected, the couple shared many revelations.

Here are five of the most shocking things we learnt from the interview:

Concerns over Archie’s skin colour

Members of the royal family expressed concerns to Prince Harry about how dark his son, Archie’s, skin colour would be ahead of his birth, the duchess told Winfrey during one of the interview’s most shocking moments.

Revealing she was told when pregnant that her son would not receive a royal title, and therefore the same level of protection as other members of the family, she said: “The first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren were

"We were very scared having to offer up our baby, knowing they weren't going to be kept safe," she added.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time ... So we have in tandem the conversation of, he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title. And also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

"What? Who is having that conversation with you?" Winfrey asked. "There's a conversation with you ...? Hold up. There's a conversation?"

There are several conversations ... with Harry," Meghan said.

"With how dark your baby is going to be?" Winfrey asked.

"Potentially. And what that would mean or look like," Meghan said.

"And you're not going to tell me who had that conversation?" Winfrey said.

"I think that it would be very damaging to them," Meghan answered. "That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him."

Meghan says Kate made her cry

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday March 9, 2020, members of Britain's royal family, with Prince Charles in foreground, followed by Prince William with Kate Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry with Meghan Duchess of Sussex, as they leave the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family along with various government leaders and guests attended the annual Commonwealth Day service, the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. The prince’s Clarence House office reported on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 that the 71-year-old Prince Charles is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland, also saying his wife Camilla has tested negative. (Phil Harris / FILE via AP)
The relationship between the Duchess of Cambridge, front right, and Duchess of Sussex, back right, has been the subject of much media speculation.

The relationship between Meghan and Kate Middleton, wives of brothers Prince Harry and Prince William, was the subject of much media speculation ahead of Markle’s 2018 wedding and in the years since.

Addressing tabloid rumours that the pair had a row over flower girls’ dresses, Markle said it was the Duchess of Cambridge who made her cry, not the other way round as reported in the media at the time.

“I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone because it was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something,” she said. “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something. Yes, the issue was correct, about flower girl dresses.

“I thought in the context of everything else going on in the days leading to the wedding, it didn’t make sense to not doing what everyone else was doing, which was being supportive,” said Meghan, whose father had two heart attacks in the weeks ahead of her wedding.

“What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do, but what happened to me and the people that were a part of my wedding going to my comms team, saying, 'I know this didn’t happen',” she added. “Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true ...”

When asked why the Palace did not clear up rumours at the time, she told Winfrey: “I don’t know why. I can see now what layers were at play there ... They really seemed to want a narrative of a hero and a villain.”

The pair were secretly married three days before their Windsor Castle wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claimed they married three days before their much-publicised wedding in 2018, but clergymen say this isn't possible. AFP
Prince Harry and Meghan walk down the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor, after their wedding ceremony in May 2018. AFP

In the first few minutes of the interview, Meghan revealed that she married Prince Harry in private, three days before her Windsor Castle wedding which was watched around the world.

“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married," Markle told Winfrey. "No one knows that. But we called the archbishop, and we just said, 'Look, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.'

"The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury," she explained, as Harry added: "Just the three of us."

Prince Charles ‘stopped taking Harry’s calls’

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 06, 1997 (L to R) Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, Prince Harry, her son, and Prince Charles, her former husband, join the gun carriage carrying the coffin of Princess of Wales at Marlboro Road in London during the funeral. Scarred by the death of his mother, Prince Harry has struggled in the royal limelight for much of his life, and his fears for wife Meghan have now put him at loggerheads with his family. / AFP / Gerry PENNY
Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, Prince Harry and Prince Charles, during Princess Diana's funeral. AFP

Prince Harry said that his father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had stopped taking his calls.

He denied blindsiding his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, over stepping back as a senior member of the royal family, saying he had too much respect for her.

“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?’”

Asked why Charles had stopped taking his calls, Harry said: “By that point I took matters into my own hands, it was like, I needed to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s got to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s and for Archie’s as well.”

Harry reveals their second child is a girl

Megan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are expecting their second child together. Reuters
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are expecting their second child together. Reuters

Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day, with a sweet black and white image of the pair posed in their California garden. And, during their interview with Winfrey, they revealed they were expecting a girl.

“To have a boy then a girl — what more can you ask for?" Harry said.

They also said they will not have any more children following their baby girl's arrival. "Two is it," Harry said.

Updated: March 8, 2021 08:13 PM

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