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By Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry’s wife Meghan said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before he was born and that such worries explained why he wasn’t earning the title of prince.
Meghan, whose mother is black and whose father is white, said she was naive before marrying into the royal family in 2018 but had suicidal thoughts and thought about self-harm after asking for help but not getting it.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess without knowing what the gender would be, what would be different from the protocol and that he wouldn’t be given security,” Meghan said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS on late sunday.
“In those months when I was pregnant, around the same time, we had the conversation ‘You will not get security, you will not get a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born . “
She declined to say who had raised such concerns. When asked whether she was silent or had been silenced, she replied: “The latter”.
The eagerly awaited interview takes place amid a heated argument between Meghan and Harry on the one hand and the British monarchy on the other.
The couple, who got married in 2018, have stepped down from their royal duties and started a new life in the United States.
Their critics say the couple want the glamor of their positions without the commitment or control that it entails.
For her followers, her treatment shows how an archaic British institution cracked down on a modern, biracial woman with overtones of racism. This allegation is likely to gain momentum given Meghan’s comments on her son.
There were also allegations of bullying against Meghan, which first appeared in The Times newspaper in the run-up to the interview.
Buckingham Palace, which has not yet commented on the interview, said it would investigate the allegations, adding it was “very concerned”.
In response to the report, a Meghan spokeswoman said she was “saddened by this recent attack on her character, particularly as someone who was the target of self-bullying”.
“QUEEN BECOME WONDERFUL”
Meghan said the people at the royal institution not only did not protect them from malicious allegations, but also lied to protect others.
“It wasn’t until we were married and things really got worse that I realized that not only was I not protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other family members,” Meghan said.
“There is the family and then there are the people who run the facility. These are two separate things and it is important to be able to divide them up because, for example, the queen has always been wonderful to me.”
Meghan denied a newspaper story that made Kate, Duchess of Cambridge cry before the wedding, saying it was a turning point in her relationship with the media.
“That was a turning point,” said Meghan. When asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan replied, “The opposite happened.”
“A few days before the wedding, she (Kate) was upset about something about the flower girl dress problem being right and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings,” Meghan said.
Meghan told Winfrey that prior to their wedding, she had been naive and didn’t know what she was getting into when she joined the British royal family.
“I’ll say I naively acted on it because I didn’t know much about the royal family,” Meghan said.
Meghan stated that she was not being paid for the interview.