Oprah sat down with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for the highly-anticipated tell-all that tackled the demise of the royal fairytale.
How did Meghan go from being the promising princess to the villain in the story?
Prior to the interview, Oprah emphasized that no subject was off limits, Meghan didn’t know what she was going to ask, and she was not getting paid for the interview.
Meghan Said She Went Into the Marriage Naively
Meghan explained that while she was aware of the royals, she went into it blindly and “naively.” She explained that she didn’t know much about the royal family and didn’t follow the family through the years. She also didn’t Google her husband prior to the relationship/marriage because everything she needed to know “he was sharing with her.”
“I didn’t fully understand what the job was,” she said in terms of what it means to be a working royal, she explained. Quickly, she learned that the perception and reality were two different things. “And that’s what was really tricky over those past few years is, is when the perception and reality are two very different things, and you’re being judged based on the perception, but you’re living the reality. There’s a complete misalignment and there’s no way to explain that to people,” she told Oprah.
She explained that the idea, especially for Americans, is that it’s this fairy tale world. However, she didn’t think that the outside world is what happened in person, and quickly learned that this institution takes itself seriously. When she met Harry’s grandmother, she wasn’t just meeting the grandmother, she was meeting the Queen. And she needed to learn how to curtsy immediately!
However, she’s grateful for all that limited knowledge. “Thank god I didn’t know a lot about the family, thank god I haven’t researched,” she said, adding she’d be so much more nervous than she was. Instead, she was as nervous as any other woman meeting her significant others family.
Meghan and Harry Got Married Three Days Before the Televised Wedding
Meghan revealed that she and Harry tied the knot a few days prior to the wedding at Windsor Castle. She explained she wanted the union to be special for them and not just about the worldly spectacle that was televised in 2018.
Kate Made Meghan Cry
About flower girl dresses! The story about Meghan making Kate cry was actually the opposite – Kate made her cry! Meghan said she didn’t want to get into the details cause it wouldn’t be fair to Kate as she apologized, however, she was upset at the way the media painted her as the villain especially when everyone in the “Institution” knew it wasn’t the truth.
“So why didn’t somebody just say that?” Oprah asked about clearing up the rumors. “That’s a good question,” Meghan responded.
Meghan said Kate is a good person and she believes she would’ve wanted to clear it up if the Palace allowed it.
It’s a Girl!
Meghan and Harry told Oprah exclusively that they are welcoming a baby girl in the summer!
Meghan Was Silenced
When Oprah asked her if she was “silent or silenced,” Meghan said that it was “the latter.”
In terms of how the family silenced her, Meghan said that they initially told her and her loved ones to always say “no comment” to the media. “And we did,” she explained, adding that she assumed the Palace would protect her. “I believed that,” she said of their promise, which she later regretted believing.
But all of that changed once they were married and it was made abundantly clear that they weren’t protecting her. “They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband,” she said.
Meghan Loves the Queen
Meghan emphasized that there’s two separate pieces to the family business — the family and the people running the Institution. She explained that she always loved being with the Queen and “being in her company.” During their first royal engagement, the duo had breakfast and even shared a blanket to stay warm when it was chilly.
She described Queen Elizabeth as warm, inviting, and welcoming.
Meghan Said It Became Lonely
If you’ve seen The Crown or any documentary about Princess Diana, the idea that the Palace is a lonely place isn’t a novel concept. Meghan explained that since she came from “freedom” and a lived a very full and busy life prior to becoming the Duchess of Sussex, she didn’t take well to being told that she couldn’t go out or do anything. “There was very little that I was allowed to do, so of course that breeds loneliness,” she explained. She related it to what we have all been feeling and experiencing during the coronavirus lockdown.
Archie Wasn’t Going to be Given Security, a Title, and They Were Concerned About His Skin Color
Meghan revealed that while she was pregnant, the Palace explained that since her unborn child wasn’t going to hold the title of “prince or princess” upon birth, the child wouldn’t need protection, which didn’t sit well with the mom-t0-be mainly because she blamed the Institution for allowing this monster tabloid machine to put them in danger in the first place, but then failed to provide the necessary protection.
When Oprah pressed for an explanation, Meghan said “there’s no explanation.”
“The idea of our son not being safe, and the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be,” didn’t sit well with her, especially due to a convention that explains that if Prince Charles were to become king, it automatically gives Prince Harry’s children the royal title.
She shut down rumors that it was her and Prince Harry’s decision not to give her child the title: “It’s not our decision to make,” adding that it’s her child’s “birth right.”
Additionally, she explained that the reason they didn’t step out for the iconic after-birth photo was because of the lack of security provided.
Meghan explained that Harry relayed that the family was also having conversations about how dark Archie’s skin would be upon birth in tandem with conversations about his title/security.
When Oprah asked who was having the conversations, Meghan declined to answer, noting: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
Prince Harry added that he would never share anything pertaining to the conversation about Archie’s skin tone.
Mental Health Is Not Acknowledged by the Palace
“I just didn’t see a solution,” Meghan said explained of the “unsurvivable” situation she was in.
She explained that with all the negative media attention on her, she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.” She explains she was so scared of her thoughts, she shared them with Harry.
She also revealed she asked the Institution for help and was told it “wouldn’t be good” a good look for them. Meghan clarified that she was trapped and couldn’t get help despite the suicidal thoughts.
When she went to HR, she explained that they told her: “my heart goes out to you because we see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do because you’re not a paid employee of the Institution.”
However, she did find comfort in one of Diana’s best friends who understood what Meghan was going through.
“You have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors,” she noted when Oprah brought up Meghan looking happy and joyful in photos.
Is Meghan Afraid of Palace Backlash?
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan said.
She explained her truth is worth it even if it comes with the “risk of losing things” because she “lost a lot already.”
She hopes the takeaway for people watching is that “there’s another side” and “life is worth living.”
What Triggered Megxit?
When pressed about why they stepped down as senior members of the family, Prince Harry admitted that he asked for help numerous times and exhausted all of his options, but was given no support. He added that he grew concerned as he saw “history repeating itself.”
The situation with the press and the family was happening in the same kind of way as it did with his late mother, Diana, but he explained it was “far more dangerous” with the addition of social media.
He explained that the very reason they left was a “lack of support and lack of understanding.”
However, they clarified that the intention was never to leave the family. They simply wanted to step down as senior members and live in the Commonwealth as many other royal family members continue to do, which they quickly learned wasn’t an option for them.
Upon leaving, Meghan said she felt like she “got her voice back.”
Prince Harry Did Not Blindside the Queen with Megxit
“I’ve never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her,” Harry said shooting down rumors that the couple’s decision to step down blindsided members of the family.
Harry guessed that the rumors painting them in a negative light may have come from within the Institution.
Harry even explained that they were very transparent about their intentions and had three calls with the Queen and two with his father, Prince Charles, “before he stopped taking my calls” about their decision to step down. They even put it in writing including when they would put out the announcement to the public.
As for his reason — he did it for his family and for their mental health.
Harry Did Not Ask the Family for Help When Meghan Was Suicidal
When Oprah asked why Harry didn’t ask the family for help when Meghan admitted she was having suicidal thoughts, he explained that he was “ashamed of admitting it to them.”
“It’s a very trapping environment,” he said of being a royal adding that he didn’t have anyone to turn to for help and that the family has adopted a mentality that “this is just how it is.”
Harry Was Heartbroken When His Family Didn’t Defend Meghan
Harry noted that over 72 members of Parliament stood up against colonial undertones in media headlines about Meghan, but the royal family never supported her.
“That hurts,” he said of his family’s silence over the two years. However, he also noted that he’s “acutely aware of where my family stand and how scared they are of the tabloids turning on them.”
Harry Says the Palace Needs the Tabloids and Vice-Versa
Harry went on to say that there needs to be a level of compassion for his family because they basically have to wine and dine the media if they want better coverage. He calls it the “invisible contract” and notes that Palace’s relationship with the tabloids is very much front of mind.
Harry Explains The Moment His Family “Turned” on Meghan
While he acknowledges that his family was very welcoming of Meghan at first, he said it all changed after their “south Pacific tour.”
“It was the first time the family got to see how incredible she is at the job, and that brought back memories,” he said referring to how much positive press and love the late Diana once received following the Australian tour.
When Oprah asked if there were hints of jealousy, Harry said “I wish we would all learn for the past” explaining that the “effortless” way she connected with the public triggered some members.
Harry Would Never Have Stepped Back If It Wasn’t for Meghan
“No, I wouldn’t have been able to,” Harry explained. “I, myself, was trapped,” he said, adding that he didn’t have a way out. When Oprah pushed back saying this has been his whole life, he acknowledged that he was “trapped but didn’t know he was trapped.”
Oprah continued pressing asking how a privileged prince born into this world could feel trapped, but he explained that he was “trapped within a system.” He added that Prince Charles and Prince William are both trapped in a sense because of their birthright duties to the crown.
He added that looks can be deceiving as ultimately, the job is to put on a smile and pretend to be happy no matter what’s going on in your personal life.
What Would Princess Diana Think About Megxit?
“I think she would feel very angry with how this has banned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she’d ever want is for us to be happy,” Harry said.
He said he’s grateful to have Meghan by his side and acknowledged how lonely it must have been for his mother to go through by herself.
What Is Prince Harry’s Relationship With His Family?
Harry said his relationship with Queen Elizabeth is really solid and they’ve talked more this year than they ever have. However, things with his father are not as peachy. He explained that he feels “really let down” and there’s a lot to work through.
“I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened,” he said, adding that he would prioritize trying to heal that relationship. “They only know what they know or what they’re told,” he said offering sympathy to those within the Palace walls.
As for his brother, he loves him to bits but he explained they “are on different paths.” At the moment, there’s a space between them, but he believes “time heals all.”
What About All Those Lucrative Deals?
Oprah mentioned the Netflix and Spotify deals have made some people think they are money grabbing royals, but Prince Harry explained that was never in the plan and “never the intention.” Prince Harry explained his motivation to make money is to get security and keep his family safe. After leaving the royal family, he noted the only money he had was whatever his mother left him.
The bottom line, both Prince Harry and Meghan say that if they had the support, they would still be part of the family, but they also add that they’re proud of how they handled the situation. Harry said they did everything they could to maintain the relationship and protect the royal family in the process.
“We did what we had to do,” Prince Harry added.
As Oprah put it – Meghan’s story with the Prince does have a happy ending and it involves freedom and an identity for her family.
It’s a happy ending “greater than I could have imagined,” Meghan added.
15 TV Couples that NEED to Get Back Together
Aww, the good ole rollercoaster of love, or at least that’s the way TV chooses to portray it. Sometimes the chemistry between the actors is off the charts, leaving fans devastated when the characters inevitably break up for effect. Here are 15 TV couples that did just that and NEED to get back together, or else I might have a fit and lose faith in love.
Some of these might be unpopular opinions, in which case please leave your comments down below!
1. Davia and Denis (Good Trouble)
So technically, Davia and Dennis haven’t ever been exclusive, but their chemistry is off the charts. So, this is more of a “please, just get together” plea. Which, from the Season 4 finale, I feel safe putting all of my eggs into their basket.
Davia’s been there for Dennis through some of his hardest moments, and Dennis has helped Davia learn self-love. They compliment each other so well and don’t even get me started on their duet capabilities!
2. Ava and Ruby (Hacks)
It’s clear both Ruby and Ava have residual feelings for each other. Their last scene together was so passionate and filled with heavy emotions and desire. If they don’t end up together in Season 2, it will be a devastating loss. Unlike most of the relationships on this list, Ruby and Ava have no third-party competition, so it wouldn’t be too hard for them to get back together.
Even Hannah Einbinder (Ava) wants them to be endgame. Just check out her Instagram post of a behind-the-scenes photo of her and Lorenza Izzo, with the caption “Ruby + Ava ∞.”
3. Joe and Jenny (Ordinary Joe)
At least in two of the three storylines, they are no longer a couple. But, it’s clear that they work so well together, they were best friends for a reason. Although their marriage may be falling apart in the third storyline, the love is still there, and they’re putting in the effort to heal and patch things up. Plus, the casual hand touches aren’t so casual, and the tension totally remains.
The only thing hindering this reunion is their marriages to other people, but hey, the sanctity of marriage has been broken before…
4. Katherine and Eddie (A Million Little Things)
These two have been through the wringer, aka Eddie’s been a terrible husband to Katherine. While it doesn’t look like there’s going to be reconciliation any time soon, A Million Little Things could surprise us. Katherine’s forgiven Eddie so many times. It’s hard to keep count.
Eddie’s not a terrible guy, he’s just made some bad choices, and his current situation has forced him to appreciate his life and who’s in it. So I sense a redemption period for him coming up, in which case maybe he can finally be the man Katherine needs.
5. Ji-Yoon and Bill (The Chair)
From Episode 1, it was obvious there was something romantic between Ji-Yoon and Dobbs. They’re at an age where they know what kind of person they want and need, and the other seems to be that exact person.
Dobbs’ relationship with Ji-Yoon’s daughter is unbearably precious, and his affection and respect for Ji-Yoon cannot be beaten. There’s really nothing stopping these two from getting together, so we’re hoping they find the courage to combine their lives.
6. Toni and Shelby (The Wilds)
Toni and Shelby’s relationship status is mildly ambiguous at the moment. During their time stranded, they discovered their feelings for one another.
After realizing they were part of an experiment, the group is separated and it’s a mystery who are still friends and who are enemies. Once, Season 2 reveals the truth, we’re hoping Tony and Shelby are still on track to moving beyond the boundary of friends.
7. Victor and Benji (Love, Victor)
Victor and Benji had no significant relationship issues. The writers really messed this one up, just so they could include a love triangle. I’m going to predict that Victor ran to Rahim’s house at the end of Season 2.
Hopefully, Benji and Victor can find a place of trust and understanding once again. They’ve hit so many relationship milestones together that it would feel too easy to just give up.
8. Kevin and Sophie (This Is Us)
Maybe I’m a sucker for first loves, but the way Kevin and Sophie loved each other was so pure. Yes, Sophie and Kevin’s relationship has had many ups and downs and seemed to have run its course, but knowing This Is Us, there’s still hope.
And I want them to cash in on this hope. With Kevin’s marriage to Madison coming to an end, it leaves Kevin single and ready to mingle. Especially with a woman who has always stolen his heart.
9. Tully and Max (Firefly Lane)
Given Tully’s history with men, it’s no wonder she’s been single for most of her life. That is until Max walked into her life. She’s not used to genuinely kind men who would love her for her and not her fame.
It doesn’t help that Max is quite a bit younger than Tully. But it was her fear of commitment that took over, causing her to break up with him. Though, I think it’s safe to say that they will get back together eventually.
10. Jazz and Doug (grown-ish)
Jazz and Doug’s breakup was initially hard, and there were moments it seemed like they were going to get back together. But, at this point, Doug’s onto his new relationship with Kiela, and Jazz is figuring things out with Dez.
However, the Season 4 midseason finale gave us an iffy moment for Jazz where it looked like she was retreating to what was familiar. So, maybe there’s hope that Jazz and Doug will finally rekindle their relationship now that she’s no longer training for the Olympics.
11. Judy and Michelle (Dead to Me)
Judy’s quite possibly the sweetest character ever, and all she deserves is happiness. Despite her obsession with her ex-husband, she finds a seamless and unspoken connection with Michelle.
During their breakup, it was clear they both didn’t want it and only went through with it because they felt it was the right thing to do. Heck, with the right thing, let them be together and let Judy continue exploring her sexuality.
12. Kate and Toby (This Is Us)
The split between Toby and Kate was so unexpected. I almost don’t believe it. Sure, they had their rough patches in their relationship. All the good ones do. But they’re too perfect for each other, and no way do Kate and Phillip make any sense.
Make it make sense, and bring back Toby and Kate! There’s no need for any big and ridiculous revealings. Kevin’s already up in the air with his relationships.
13. Kate and Jamie (Cruel Summer)
Is the only reason Kate and Jamie belong together because there’s nobody else better for them? Maybe. Come on, Kate and Mallory are a terrible idea, and I’d like to argue that the writers did it for optics. And Jamie and Jeanette are not it.
This is not a must, but also they need to be saved from every other bad relationship combination.
14. Eric and Adam (Sex Education)
Adam and Eric had an extremely rough start, but they were finally in a good place. Their relationship provided Adam a safe space to experiment and find himself, and this is why they need to repair things.
Eric’s ambivalence toward Adam, because he might not be the perfect person, is understandable, but he sees a side of Adam that nobody else does. Let that speak to their relationship. Also, Adam’s making progress with his coming out process, and Eric needs to respect that.
15. Molly and Andrew (Insecure)
I loved that Molly and Andrew were in a relationship that broke boundaries. There aren’t many POC couples on TV, and it allowed Molly to open her mind to dating someone who wasn’t Black.
It was surprising to see Molly fight so hard for their relationship, and their breakup acted as a turning point for her character. The odds don’t look good for these two because Insecure is about reality, but one can dream, right?
Ordinary Joe Review: Shooting Star (1×04)
It’s undeniable that Joe and Jenny’s history and old friendship keeps their lives close. Even when Jenny got married and started a life with another man. Ordinary Joe Season 1 Episode 4, “Shooting Star,” takes a closer look at their relationship in every storyline and ignites a spark, further confirming that they are meant to be.
Despite Jenny’s marriage to separate men in the red and blue storylines, we’re hardly given a glimpse into those relationships. Rather, we’re provided additional scenes shining a spotlight on Jenny and Joe’s gravitational pull. The gentle hand touches between the two aren’t just friendly.
Through their sustained connection and even in their marital problems, the storytelling deepens their character’s evolutions. The green storyline provides a future in which they both suspend their dreams and stick together to raise their son together. However, later on, Jenny finally gets a second chance to pursue that lifelong goal, which she turns down again. But, Joe’s not going to let that happen, despite his envy.
Will the family move to Atlanta? If they do, this could very well save their relationship. No more halting their lives and aspirations to do the right thing. Because they’re slowly realizing the right thing is to support one another in anything the other wants. Plus, Chris is the most intuitive child and understands the sacrifices his parents made to take care of him.
Meanwhile, Jenny and Joe are working together to gain contact with their son Zeke. The emotional moment shared between the two once they finally saw him leaving school, was extremely powerful. The show does a great job providing windows into the intimate moments shared between characters. Again, mimicking This Is Us.
While Amy’s garnering attention and important press for her campaign, Joe’s slowly distancing himself. He’s already chosen Jenny over Amy once before and makes the same decision again. If his marriage to Amy isn’t in the dumps yet, it certainly will be soon.
It’ll be interesting to see where they take plan on taking this storyline. I really hope Jenny and Joe stay their distance from Zeke. But, it doesn’t seem like Joe wants that. Legally though, I’m not sure what he can do, and I wonder what that will mean for Jenny and Joe’s future.
We’re only four episodes in and this show already has me spiraling about the various ways my life could be different if I went left instead of right. Although, the show also forces us to reckon with how the choices we make have the power to impact others’ lives too.
Finally, in the blue storyline, Bobby turns evil. There haven’t been any bad guys on the show so far, so it had to be done. Bobby’s questionable relationships with his staffers leave Jenny and Joe suspicious and onto another investigation together.
Jenny and Joe are basically partners in every parallel universe. They can’t be stopped. But Jenny’s fascination with Joe in this storyline seems to come out of a place of apprehension surrounding her secret.
I predict a bad reaction from Joe when he finds out Lucas is his son. Because in this show no secret goes left uncovered. And poor Amy, Joe’s already made up his mind and deleted hr number without letting her explain to him the situation between her and Bobby.
I would hate Bobby more if I didn’t like Jenny and Joe so much.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Were you surprised by the questions against Bobby? Do you think he had something to do with the death of the woman? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below1
- I love the commitment to making each storyline stick to the color. Jenny and her father’s all red wardrobe was a bold statement.
- “I want to take one of those selfies.”
- I’d love to know the decision-making process in naming Chris Zeke and Lucas in the other storylines. There has to be a significance behind those names. After all, Chris was named after Joe’s late father.
- The final shot of the shooting store flying through each universe was an incredible touch.
The 2021 Emmy’s: A Night Dominated by the same Rotating Nominees: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Mare of Easttown,’ and ‘Ted Lasso’
The 2021 Emmy’s returned in a limited capacity with an attendee count of around 500 compared to its typical several thousand, while also managing to keep its winners capped to the same rotating titles: The Crown, Mare of Easttown, and Ted Lasso.
It was a successfully smooth event with predictable winners, among some important victories for people of color.
Opening the award show paying homage to Biz Markie, Cedric the Entertainer sang and rapped a remix of “Just A Friend” with cameras panning to guests in the audience who contributed their own lines and melodies.
The comedy category was easily dominated by Ted Lasso while dramas were split between The Crown and Mare of Easttown, with the former edging out the latter with nearly double the wins.
Regardless of Cedric the Entertainer’s initial praise about the number of Black nominees, it felt like a shout into the void as many of the categories were still dominated by white actors, writers, and directors.
But, Michaela Coel’s win for her brave and empowering drama, I May Destroy You, was a win that needed to happen, not only for the Black community but also for sexual assault survivors.
“Write the tales that scare you, that make you feel uncertain that isn’t comfortable. I dare you. In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence,” Coel said.
In another triumph of the night, Debbie Allen (Fame and Grey’s Anatomy) took home the Governor’s Award. Celebrated for her perseverance during her early career as a Black dancer discriminated against due to the color of her skin, it was a deliberate step forward made by The Academy.
Interspersed throughout the evening was a handful of references and jokes about COVID and its impact on television. And in a seamless split, many of the British show nominees including Gillian Anderson and Olivia Colman accepted their awards in London in a separate Emmy’s party.
Later on, Leon Bridges performed a special tribute to those in the industry that passed away during the last year. Some of which include Larry King, Alex Trebek, and Michael K. Williams.
In a highly anticipated award for the final victor of the night for a limited series, it was awarded to Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, in a surprising win over Mare of Easttown.
In a year where TV continued to shine, despite COVID’s impact on the world of entertainment, the 2021 Emmy Awards didn’t realistically honor the amount of amazing content that was put out. Instead, it relied on the crutches of the four or five repeated nominees: The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Mare of Easttown, Ted Lasso, and Wandavision.
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