Meghan Markle and Prince Harry haven’t been official royals for almost a year but the world is more interested in the recent Montecito transplants than ever. Oprah Winfrey’s primetime interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Sunday was a ratings bonanza to rival the Super Bowl, with an estimated 17.1 million viewers. And no wonder, since the couple dished freely about everything from concerns within the House of Windsor about Baby Archie’s skin color to how tabloids spun a dispute between Meghan and her soon-to-be sister-in-law. If you didn’t tune in to the two-hour event, here are five revelations that got people talking.
There was concern about Baby Archie’s skin color
In perhaps the most toxic revelation of the exchange, Meghan said that while she was pregnant with Archie, members of the royal family told Harry they were worried about their son’s potential skin tone.
When Meghan claimed that there had been “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Oprah replied, “What? Who was having that conversation?”
Meghan, however, would only say that there were “several conversations” between palace insiders and Harry about “potentially what that would mean or look like” if the child’s complexion were dark.
Although Meghan declined to name names, saying, “I think that would be very damaging to them,” Oprah took to the airways Monday morning to relate a message from Harry that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are not the racists in question.
Meghan struggled with thoughts of suicide
Meghan shared that her treatment at the hands of the royal fam—which she refers to as “the institution”—was so miserable that it left her feeling suicidal.
“It was very clear and very scary,” she recalled. “I just didn’t see a solution… Look, I was really ashamed to have to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered. But I knew that if I didn’t say that I would do it… and I just didn’t—I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
When she asked for help, however, Meghan says senior royals advised her to maintain a stiff upper lip.
“I went to the institution. And I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. And I said that I’d never felt this way before. I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, because it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Meghan and Harry have been totally cut off financially
In terms of how supportive the family has been in other areas, Harry related that, if not for the money left to him by Princess Diana, he and Meghan would have been up the creek—and that his mother would have been quite put out by their treatment.
“My family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us,” he told Oprah. “I’ve got all my mom left me and without that, we wouldn’t have been able to do that. So touching back on you asking what my mom would think of this, I think she saw it coming and I certainly felt her presence throughout that whole process. I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago.”
Still, he expressed sympathy for Prince Charles and Prince William, saying, “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that.”
Meghan didn’t make Kate cry
Just before Meghan and Harry got hitched in 2018, the tabloids had a field day reporting that Markle had left sis-in-law Kate Middleton sobbing over a controversy about her daughter Princess Charlotte’s dress. Now, Meghan begs to differ.
“The reverse happened,” she insists. “It made me cry and it really hurt my feelings… It was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something. She owned it and she apologized and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing. What was hard to get over was being blamed for something not only that I didn’t do, but that happened to me.”
Harry and Meghan actually got hitched before their big day
Days before the couple exchanged vows before the world, Meghan and Harry enjoyed their own secret ceremony.
“I was thinking about it, you know our wedding—three days before our wedding, we got married,” Meghan revealed. “No one knows that. We called the Archbishop and we just said, look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world. But we want our union between us, so the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”