Anneta KonstantinidesMon, 8 March 2021, 10:53 pm GMT
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped many bombshells in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
- But the revelations brought new questions, like why their Australia tour sparked problems.
- People are also wondering about Harry and Charles’ relationship and Markle’s with Kate Middleton.
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But with the revelations came a whole new series of questions as Markle and Prince Harry opened up about their struggles and their current relationship with the royal family.
Here are seven of the biggest unanswered questions we still have after watching the CBS interview.
Which royal family member (or members) expressed concern to Prince Harry about how dark Archie’s skin tone would be before he was born?
One of the most shocking moments to come from Markle and Harry’s chat was the reveal that there had been “concerns and conversations” about how dark Archie’s skin would be before he was born.
Markle told Winfrey that some within the royal institution had specifically expressed concerns to Prince Harry about “what that would mean or look like” if their son had dark skin.
The couple refused to name anyone involved in the discussions, with Markle saying it would “be very damaging to them.”
“That conversation I’m never going to share,” Harry added when he later joined the interview. “At the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”
Viewers have been speculating about who Prince Harry had the conversation with since the interview aired, but Winfrey did later clarify that Harry told her it wasn’t the Queen or Prince Philip.
During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Monday breaking down her interview with the royal couple, Winfrey told Gayle King that Prince Harry did not share the identity of the person with her.
“But he wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had the opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or his grandfather that were part of those conversations,” Winfrey added. “I tried to get that answer on camera and off.”
Who in the royal family knew that Markle was having suicidal thoughts?
During her interview with Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she had suicidal thoughts after she joined the royal family.
“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Markle said. “And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how [Harry] just cradled me.”
Markle said she went to senior people in the institution and sent emails “begging for help.”
“I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, because they said, ‘My heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution,”‘ Markle recalled.
When Winfrey later asked Harry if he told people in his family about Markle’s thoughts, he replied: “That’s just not a conversation that would be had.”
“I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them,” he added. “And I don’t know whether they’ve had the same feelings or thoughts. I have no idea. It’s a very trapping environment that a lot of them are stuck in.”
It remains unclear who was aware of Markle’s suicidal thoughts and whether the people Markle sought help from were members of the family or staffers. At one point during the interview, the duchess told Winfrey that the royal family and the people “that are running the institution” are “two separate things.”
“It’s important to be able to compartmentalize that because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me,” she added.
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Why did Prince Charles stop taking Harry’s phone calls?
Harry revealed to Winfrey that his father stopped taking his phone calls before it was publicly announced that he and Markle would be stepping back from the royal family.
Markle and Harry told Winfrey they never blindsided the Queen with their decision, and that they had several conversations with her and Prince Charles about it over a two-year period.
“When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls,” Harry said.
Harry said he believed Prince Charles stopped communication with him because Harry “took matters into my own hands.” But he didn’t reveal the particulars about their last two conversations, or anything specific that may have led to the rift.
Has Prince Charles maintained a relationship with Archie?
Prince Harry also did not reveal whether his father has maintained a relationship with Archie since he and Markle moved their family to California.
But Harry did tell Winfrey that he felt “really let down” by his father.
“He’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, Archie’s his grandson,” he added. “I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.
In November, a friend of Prince Charles, who chose to remain anonymous, told MailOnline that the heir really missed Archie.
“The Prince of Wales enjoyed popping into Frogmore Cottage to see his youngest grandchild and is sad that he hasn’t seen him for so long,” the unnamed friend reportedly said. “He has missed much of his development since he is now growing up in the USA.”
At the time, it had not been reported that Prince Charles had stopped taking his son’s calls before Harry moved to California.
What’s the current relationship between Markle and Kate Middleton, and what exactly happened with that flower-girl dress?
Long gone are the days when Markle, Harry, Middleton, and Prince William were known as the “Fab Four.”
And while Prince Harry revealed there’s currently “space” in the relationship between him and his brother, Markle did not elaborate on where she and Middleton currently stand.
But Markle did address rumors that the soon-to-be sisters-in-law had fought the week of her wedding. Reports previously claimed that Markle made Middleton cry over Princess Charlotte’s flower-girl dress. However, the Duchess of Sussex told Winfrey that it was actually Middleton who had made her cry — not the other way around.
“And I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something,” Markle added. “But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing.”
Markle said “everyone in the institution” knew the story about her making Middleton cry wasn’t true. She told Winfrey that the rumor was the “beginning of a character assassination.”
“That was a turning point,” she said. “That was when everything changed.”
How exactly did things change for Markle and Prince Harry within the royal family after their Australia tour?
Prince Harry told Winfrey that the couple’s successful 2018 royal tour in Australia changed their relationship with members of the royal family.
“You know, my father, my brother, Kate, and all the rest of the family, they were really welcoming,” Harry said. “But it really changed after the Australia tour, after our South Pacific tour.”
“It was the first time that the family got to see how incredible she is at the job,” he added.
Winfrey then brought up how “The Crown,” which is rooted in history but fictionalized, had suggested the very same thing happened after Princess Diana dazzled the public during her and Prince Charles’ own tour of Australia in 1983.
“Your father and your mother went there, and your mother was bedazzling. So, are you saying there were hints of jealousy?” Winfrey asked.
“I just wished that we would all learn from the past,” Harry replied, not directly answering whether certain family members were jealous of Markle.
The prince didn’t elaborate on who in the royal family started treating him and Markle differently following the tour, nor did he reveal how the relationships specifically changed.
Why did the Queen suddenly cancel her visit with Markle and Harry right before their announcement that they’d be stepping back?
Prince Harry revealed to Winfrey that he and Markle were meant to visit the Queen at Sandringham Castle after they sent a letter to the institution with the contents of what would become their public announcement about their intention to step back from the royal family on January 8, 2020.
The couple were preparing to make their trip back to the UK from Canada on January 6 when Harry said the Queen invited them to see her in Sandringham “the moment you land” and “stay for dinner because it’s going to be a long drive and you’re going to be exhausted.”
“She even said, ‘Stay the night,'” Markle added.
But when they landed in the UK, Harry said he was sent a message from the Queen’s private secretary telling the couple that they couldn’t come because “she’s busy all week.”
Harry said he then rang his grandmother himself and she told him she was too busy to see him.
“I didn’t want to push ’cause I kind of knew what was going on,” he told Winfrey.
“Doesn’t the queen get to do what the queen wants to do?” she asked.
“No, when you’re head of the firm, there are people around you that give you advice,” Harry said. “And what has also made me really sad is some of that advice has been really bad.”
Since the Queen was already aware about Harry and Markle’s decision to leave the royal family, it remains unclear why she suddenly canceled their trip and whether the unspecific “people around her” were the ones who told the Queen not to see the couple. But following the royal exit announcement days later, many media outlets tried to claim that the couple had “blindsided” the Queen with their decision — something the couple directly refuted during their interview with Winfrey.
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