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Oprah fails to ask Meghan Markle ANYTHING about her estranged family in interview

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Sussexes may have led to a series of explosive revelations, but the tell-all has left a number of questions unanswered.  

In the most anticipated royal interview in decades, Meghan and Harry steered clear of criticising the Queen or talking about the Markle family.

The royal family and their aides now have challenging questions to answer about why a suicidal Meghan was not supported and given help, and about accusations of racism.

The couple also made bombshell claims about how a relative of Harry asked him ‘how dark’ their unborn child would be – but refused to say which member of the royal family had this conversation with Harry while Meghan was pregnant with Archie. 

Harry said he will never reveal who said it and what was said, leading to fevered speculation. 

It also remains unclear what harm has been done to Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the royal family. At this stage, the damage could be irreparable. 

From the words uttered by the Duchess of Cambridge which made Meghan cry, to the ‘jealousy’ of her popularity, here we look at the questions left unanswered after that historic interview. 

Oprah Winfrey grilled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their rift with the Royals in Sunday’s bombshell interview – but made no mention of drama within the duchess’s family 

THE QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN AFTER OPRAH INTERVIEW

The Sussexes’ explosive tell-all interview has raised a lot of issues. What are the questions that need answering?

– How will the royal family respond and how will they restore their damaged reputation?

The royal family and their aides have some challenging questions to answer about why a suicidal Meghan was not supported and given help, and about the accusations of racism.

The Queen, known for her calm approach, is never reactive or rash during challenging times, but the allegations mark a crisis point for the monarchy and its future.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have long been vocal campaigners on the issue of mental health so questions remain about their involvement and what their response will be.

– Who made the racist comment about how dark their baby’s skin would be? 

Harry said he will never reveal who said it and what was said, but this will not stop the speculation.

– What damage has been done to Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the royal family?

At this stage, the damage could be irreparable.

The duke has vowed to try to restore his relationship with his father, the Prince of Wales, and said he hopes he can heal his rift with William in time.

The interview is likely to be seen – either by the press or the royals or both – as an attack on the whole family, and how will William react to Meghan singling out Kate?

Harry has, however, spoken of his closeness to the Queen.

– What did Kate say to Meghan to make her cry?

Meghan said it was Kate who left her in tears over the flower girl dresses, not the other way round as was reported. 

Kate apologised and sent flowers and a note. But Meghan said it was a turning point when the false story was not put straight.

– Who did Meghan approach in the Palace for help when feeling suicidal?

Meghan said she went to ‘one of the most senior people’.

The duchess sent emails and begged for help and people said ‘Yes, yes, it’s disproportionately terrible… but nothing was ever done’, she claimed.

– Why was Meghan not supported – especially after Diana, Princess of Wales’s experience?

Meghan said: ‘There was no guidance… there’s no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal, there’s none of that training.’

She added: ‘That might exist for other members of the family’ but said it was not offered to her.

If that was the case, why was Meghan not given help and support?

– Who was jealous of Meghan?

Harry indicated that members of the royal family were jealous of Meghan because of the ease with which she carried out royal duties on their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

– What about Meghan’s father?

The duchess has been estranged from Thomas Markle since her wedding, but Winfrey was not seen questioning Meghan about their relationship.

Does she intend to reach out to her father, and he will ever meet Harry or their children?

– Why did Meghan think Archie should be a prince?

Meghan said she wanted Archie to be a prince so he could have police protection, and expressed her shock at the idea of the first member of colour in the family not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.

But seventh in line Archie is not at this stage entitled to be a prince because of rules established more than 100 years ago by King George V.

– Why didn’t the Queen make Archie a prince?

The Queen stepped in ahead of Prince George’s birth to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all the Cambridges’ children, not just George, would have fitting titles.

But the Cambridges’ children are the offspring of a future monarch whereas Archie is not.

He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince however when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.

– What about the alleged bullying Meghan is accused of?

The interview was filmed before the Times revealed that a senior aide raised concerns over bullying and that Meghan allegedly drove out two personal assistants and humiliated another, which the duchess denies.

Questions still remain as to what exactly went on and how Meghan treated her staff.

Buckingham Palace has launched an investigation.

– What will Harry and Meghan name their daughter?

With the couple set to have a baby girl, the bookmakers will be predicting Diana as the frontrunner. Or perhaps even Elizabeth in honour of the Queen.

Viewers have also been left wondering what Kate said to Meghan to make her cry after Meghan said it was Kate who left her in tears over the flower girl dresses.  

It also remains unclear who Meghan approached in the Palace for help when feeling suicidal – after she said she went to ‘one of the most senior people’. 

Harry indicated that members of the royal family were jealous of Meghan because of the ease with which she carried out royal duties on their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

But it is not yet known who in the family was jealous of her.  

And the duchess has been estranged from Thomas Markle since her wedding, but Winfrey was not seen questioning Meghan about their relationship.   

During the interview, Meghan said she wanted Archie to be a prince so he could have police protection, and expressed her shock at the idea of the first member of colour in the family not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.

But seventh in line Archie is not at this stage entitled to be a prince because of rules established more than 100 years ago by King George V.

Critics are now asking why didn’t the Queen make Archie a prince – after Her Majesty stepped in ahead of Prince George’s birth to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all the Cambridges’ children, not just George, would have fitting titles.

However, the Cambridges’ children are the offspring of a future monarch whereas Archie is not.

He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince however when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne. 

The interview was also filmed before the Times revealed that a senior aide raised concerns over bullying and that Meghan allegedly drove out two personal assistants and humiliated another, which the duchess denies.

Questions still remain as to what exactly went on and how Meghan treated her staff.

The long-awaited interview produced a bevy of revelations about Meghan and Harry’s struggles with his family – including how she felt ‘silenced’, became suicidal during her pregnancy with their baby Archie and how an unnamed member of the Royal ‘Firm’ questioned how dark the boy’s skin would be. 

Oprah kept true to her promise to ask the tough questions, repeatedly pressing the couple to clarify their claims and offer specifics.  

But the talk show legend left one rather large stone un-turned as she failed to ask Meghan about her relationship with her own family, which has long been contentious. 

Meghan did bring up her estranged father Thomas Markle at one point and appeared to suggest that they still aren’t speaking. 

‘I grieve a lot,’ she said as she reflected on the turmoil of the past few years. 

‘I mean, I’ve lost my father. I lost a baby. I nearly lost my name. 

‘I mean, there’s the loss of identity. 

‘But I’m still standing, and my hope for people in the takeaway from this is to know that there’s another side.’ 

Oprah declined to press Meghan on the bit about Thomas, who has railed against his daughter in the press on multiple occasions. 

At the end of the two-hour program Oprah noted that it was impossible to fit everything in and said that more content would air Monday on CBS This Morning. 

Oprah is slated to join her pal Gayle King on the show, which begins at 7am.  

It’s possible that discussions of Meghan’s family could be included in the footage yet to air. 

Meghan’s relationship with her father made headlines ahead of her wedding to Harry in 2018 when Thomas was accused of staging paparazzi photos in return for payment after claiming he was being ‘harassed’ by photographers. 

Thomas ultimately did not attend the wedding, citing health reasons. 

But in the weeks that followed he made a number of media appearances where he opined the rift with his daughter and attacked her decision to marry into the Royal family. 

Thomas, who lives in a coastal town in Mexico, has kept a low profile in recent months but emerged in February to congratulate his daughter after she announced that she and Harry are pregnant with their second child.  

The Sun newspaper reported the duchess’s father as saying: ‘I wish Meghan and Harry a successful and healthy birth. 

‘And I hope some day I get to see my grandchildren. 

‘They’re all royal grandchildren.’

It came after Meghan won her High Court privacy claim against the Mail On Sunday over the publication of a ‘personal and private’ handwritten letter to Thomas.  

Thomas had said he was prepared to give evidence against his daughter.

He told the Sun: ‘I don’t know how you can judge a case without getting testimony from witnesses. 

‘Witnesses that want to speak. I’m not the only one who wants to speak.’

Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle has also served as one of her loudest critics, repeatedly attacking the duchess for ‘turning her back’ on the family.

Meghan has been open about her contentious relationship with her father, Thomas Markle (pictured together) in the past - but was not asked to address it in the Oprah interview

Meghan has been open about her contentious relationship with her father, Thomas Markle (pictured together) in the past – but was not asked to address it in the Oprah interview

Meghan did bring up her estranged father Thomas at one point and indicated that they still aren't speaking. 'I grieve a lot,' she said as she reflected on the turmoil of the past few years. 'I mean, I've lost my father. I lost a baby. I nearly lost my name. I mean, there's the loss of identity'

Meghan did bring up her estranged father Thomas at one point and indicated that they still aren’t speaking. ‘I grieve a lot,’ she said as she reflected on the turmoil of the past few years. ‘I mean, I’ve lost my father. I lost a baby. I nearly lost my name. I mean, there’s the loss of identity’

Samantha launched a fresh attack on Meghan in her autobiography released last month, titled:  ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One’. 

The book heavily criticized Meghan for shunning her American relatives and cutting off their father Thomas.  

It laid bare details of the Markle siblings’ upbringing, including the rivalry between Meghan and Samantha when their father was still married to the actress’s mother Doria Ragland. 

She branded Prince Harry’s comment in an interview that the royals were the ‘family that Meghan never had’ as the ‘ultimate insult’.  

Meghan was said to be ‘sick to her stomach’ when she first heard Samantha was writing the book.    

Palace braces for MORE bombshell revelations from MIDDAY when Oprah Winfrey will unveil UNSEEN clips from Harry and Meghan interview on CBS This Morning

Buckingham Palace is bracing for yet more dramatic revelations from Oprah Winfrey‘s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from midday today.

Oprah will appear live on CBS This Morning in New York from 12pm UK time (7am Eastern Time) to reveal ‘never-before-seen clips’ from her chat with the Sussexes.

Royal watchers will be waiting with baited breath for what more could be revealed by the US chat show queen today, given the dramatic nature of the first instalment. 

In a preview for the programme tweeted last night, CBS host Gayle King, who is also Oprah’s friend, said there had been a ‘whole lotta chatter’ about the interview. 

And a tweet from the show said: ‘Oprah Winfrey will join us live with never-before-seen clips from her interview with Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and Prince Harry.’ 

CBS This Morning host Gayle King (left) and Oprah Winfrey (right, in 2016) are good friends

CBS This Morning host Gayle King (left) and Oprah Winfrey (right, in 2016) are good friends 

Gayle King said Oprah Winfrey will appear live on CBS This Morning in New York today

Gayle King said Oprah Winfrey will appear live on CBS This Morning in New York today

It comes after Oprah promised at the end of the interview that ‘this conversation doesn’t end here’ and there was ‘so much more that we couldn’t fit into this special’. 

One topic which Oprah did not discuss – and could therefore be spoken about today –  is Meghan’s lack of relationship with her estranged father Thomas Markle.  

KJ Matthews, an entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles, told BBC Breakfast today: ‘I’m hearing now Oprah will appear live on the CBS Morning Show to reveal and show clips of the interview that we have not seen, so there’s even more. 

‘There could be more bombshells that we see. It’s just the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s quite shocking. So I will be surprised to see what else she can drop on us.’ 

It comes after the couple accused an un-named royal of racism, suggested the Royal Family were jealous of Meghan and said she contemplated taking her own life. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on US channel CBS

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on US channel CBS

Meghan and Harry hit out at the institution and members of the royal family in a series of astonishing admissions during their candid interview with Oprah on CBS.

Meghan revealed that working for the Royal Family ultimately left her feeling that ending her life was an option, and how she had not been protected by the monarchy.

A member of the royal family – who the couple refused to identify – was allegedly worried about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.

Meghan also said the Duchess of Cambridge had made her cry ahead of her wedding – the opposite of reports circulating ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials.

The Queen, Meghan and Harry stand together at Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018

The Queen, Meghan and Harry stand together at Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018

In a lighter moment the couple, who announced last month that they are expecting their second child, said they are due to have a baby girl in the summer.

As the dust settles on the chat, attention will turn to what the revelations mean for the couple, and the senior royals they have chosen to leave behind.

Since leaving the UK last year, the pair have signed lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix to give them the capital to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.

They have also bought an £11million home in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in California, and also launched a non-profit foundation called Archewell.

British viewers can watch the interview when it airs on ITV at 9pm tonight. 

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