The Duchess of Sussex and the wife of British Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, 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.
Markle alongside her husband, Prince Harry in a two-hour interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, aired on CBS late on Sunday in the US, said she was naive before she married into the British 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,” Markle said.
“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.”
The highly anticipated interview comes amid an acrimonious dispute between Markle and Harry on one side and the British monarchy on the other.
Although Buckingham Palace did not comment on the interview, it however in an unprecedented move said it would investigate the bullying claims, adding it was “very concerned”.
The couple, who married in 2018, have stepped down from their royal duties and are now living in California.