Meghan says British royals worried about her son’s dark skin

Some 17.1 million Americans watched Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell television interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

LONDON (REUTERS) - Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince.

Meghan, whose mother is black and father is white, said she was naive before she married into the royal family in 2018, but that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self harm after asking for help but getting none.

"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, 39, said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS late on Sunday (March 7).

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

She declined to say who had aired such concerns. Asked if she was silent or had been silenced, she replied: "The latter."

The highly anticipated interview comes amid an acrimonious row between Meghan and Harry on one side and the British monarchy on the other.

The couple, who married in 2018, have stepped down from their royal duties and are starting a new life in the United States.

Harry, 36, said he left because of a lack of understanding and because he was worried about history repeating itself – a reference to the 1997 death of his mother Diana.

He said he had not blindsided his grandmother, the queen, as he had too much respect for her, although his father, Prince Charles, had stopped taking his calls.

"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?" Harry said.


In a photo taken on Aug 19, 1995, Prince Charles (right), Princess Diana (left) and their children William (second, right) and Harry watch the march past on a dais on the mall as part of the commemorations of VJ Day. PHOTO: AFP

Their detractors say the couple want the glamour of their positions without the dedication it requires or scrutiny it brings.

To their supporters, their treatment shows how an outdated British institution has lashed out against a modern, biracial woman, with undertones of racism. That accusation is likely to gather momentum in light of Meghan's comments about her son.

There have also been allegations of bullying against Meghan which first appeared in The Times newspaper in the buildup to the interview.

Buckingham Palace, which has made no comment so far on the interview, said it would investigate the claims, adding it was "very concerned".

In response to the report, a spokesman for Meghan said she was "saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself."



In a photo taken on Sept 25, 2019, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold their son Archie, as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. PHOTO: REUTERS

'Queen has been wonderful'

Meghan said 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.

"There's the family, and then there's the people that are running the institution, those are two separate things and it's important to be able to compartmentalise that because the queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me."


In a photo taken on June 26, 2018, (from left) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II pose for a picture during the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony. PHOTO: AFP

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.

"That was a turning point," Meghan said. Asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan replied: "The reverse happened."

"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 said.

Meghan told Winfrey she had been naive before her wedding and did not realise what she was marrying into when she joined the British royal family.


In a photo taken on July 10, 2018, (from left) Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a military fly-past. 
PHOTO: AFP


In a photo taken on May 19, 2018, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk down the west steps of St George's Chapel after their wedding ceremony. PHOTO: AFP

"I will say I went into it naively, because I didn't grow up knowing much about the royal family," Meghan said.

Meghan explained that she was not being paid for the interview.