Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, accuses British royals of racism against blacks

2021-03-09 11:16:04
Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, accuses British royals of racism against blacks

Former US actress Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, accused the British royal family of racism, saying members of the monarchy were worried about how dark their son's skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide.

Meghan, 39, whose father is white and mother is Black, made the shocking revelations during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was aired by CBS on Sunday, sending shockwaves through the UK monarchy.

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

She said she had been naive before marrying into the family in 2018 but that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self-harm after pleading for help but getting none.

Meghan said her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family "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.

Meghan and Harry declined to say which member of the family had expressed such concerns.

Harry said his family had cut them off financially and his father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had let him down and refused to take his calls at one point.

Nearly three years since her 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, 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 the 94-year-old queen directly.

Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they intended to permanently step down as senior members of the royal family and forge an independent life in the United States, plunging Buckingham Palace into crisis.

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.

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