Meghan Markle hasn’t held back at all during her Oprah interview, and one of the most shocking reveals was what she told Oprah about how the royal family dealt with her first pregnancy with Archie—and their concerns about his skin color, as Meghan is half Black. They refused to give him a prince title and security.
“I started to understand what our continued reality was going to look like,” Meghan said of her first pregnancy. “I mean, they would go on the record and negate the most ridiculous story for anyone, I’m talking about things that are super artificial and inconsequential.”
“If they’re not going to kill things like that [the Kate Middleton crying story], what are we going to do separate from that? And what was happening behind closed doors is I knew I was pregnant.”
“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan said. “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”
“They said [he’s not going to get security], because he’s not going to be a prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe so we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder you’ve allowed that to happen which means our son needs to be safe.” Meghan said no good explanation was given: “I heard a lot of it through Harry and a lot of it through conversations with family members.”
Meghan wanted Archie to have a prince title for safety, given that: “If it meant he was going to be safe, of course. All the grandeur around this stuff is an attachment I don’t have…the most important title I will ever have is mom.”
The idea that “the first member of color in this family isn’t being titled in the same way as other grandchildren would be,” that was a huge piece of what made the decision so upsetting. “Also it’s not their right to take it away. Even with that convention [that allows all grandchildren of the monarch to be prince and princess], they said, ‘I want to change the convention for Archie.’ Well, why?” Meghan added that reports she and Harry didn’t want Archie to have a title weren’t true.
“No, and it’s not our decision to make [on whether he’d have a title]. Even though I have a lot of clarity of what comes with the titles good and bad…that is their birthright to then make a choice about.”
Oprah asked Meghan why she thought the royal family was acting that way about Archie getting a title. She admitted that “all around this same time we had in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
The conversations about Archie’s skin, “that was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations that family had with him. And I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalized conversations.”
“Was there concern that if he was too brown that that would be a problem?”
Meghan answered, “I wasn’t able to follow up with why but if that’s the assumption you’re making, I think that would be a safe one.”
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