Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview bombshells: They accuse Royal family of racism, reveal Duchess had suicidal thoughts and say Kate made Meghan cry

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The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she contemplated suicide during a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and that an unnamed member of the royal family raised “concerns about how dark” Archie’s skin would be.

In other key developments during the two-hour interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah:

  1. The Prince of Wales “stopped taking” Harry’s calls after their royal departure
  2. The Duchess of Cambridge made the Duchess of Sussex cry before her wedding, she claimed
  3. The couple had a private marriage ceremony three days before their wedding officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury
  4. The couple wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security
  5. The Queen wasn’t “blindsided” by their departure the Duke insisted
  6. The couple are expecting a baby girl during the summer
  7. Princess Diana foresaw his departure from the Royal family, Prince Harry claimed
  8. The Royal family has an “invisible contract” with the tabloid press, Harry claimed

Follow our live blog for a play-by-play of the explosive interview and the global reaction.

05:44 AM

Camilla Tominey on the bombshell interview

The Telegraph’s Associate Editor Camilla Tominey has written an analysis of the Oprah interview, complete with a number of “marmalade-dropper” moments.

“We knew it was going to be blockbuster TV. But what we didn’t anticipate about the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ Oprah interview is how unvarnished their “truth” was actually going to be,” she writes.

“Talk of Royals “hiding behind the sofa” ahead of the primetime, no-holds-barred chat appeared to underestimate quite what the couple had in store. “

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05:35 AM

New Zealand’s PM reacts

New Zealand’s prime minister says the country is unlikely to become a republic anytime soon or otherwise break from observing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was asked by a reporter whether the unflattering picture of the British Royal family painted by Harry and Meghan had given her pause about New Zealand’s constitutional ties to Britain.

“I’ve said before that I’ve not sensed an appetite from New Zealanders for significant change in our constitutional arrangements, and I don’t expect that’s likely to change quickly,” she said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - Hagen Hopkins/Getty
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – Hagen Hopkins/Getty

Asked whether Harry and Meghan had ever inquired about living in New Zealand, Ms Ardern said they hadn’t in any official capacity, as far as she was aware.

And asked about her personal friendship with Meghan since the couple toured the country in 2018, Ms Ardern said she had kept in touch. “It is fair to say in the past I’ve had contact here and there,” she said. “But ultimately, the matters that are being canvassed here I see as for Meghan and Harry to respond to directly. These are matters about their personal lives and their personal decisions, and I don’t think it deserves a commentary from anyone else.”

05:26 AM

Hollywood mogul offered couple LA home

The Duke and Duchess revealed Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry provided a home and security for the couple when they moved from Canada to the US.

During their chat with Oprah Winfrey, the couple confirmed it was a Los Angeles mansion owned by Perry they fled to when leaving Canada early last year, days before the first coronavirus lockdown.

They later bought a home in nearby Montecito, where they are living now. They told how Perry provided them with security after their UK tax payer-funded protection was removed.

Speaking of their departure from British Columbia, Canada, Meghan said: “We didn’t have a plan. We needed a house and he (Perry) offered his security as well so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”

Harry added: “The biggest concern was while we were in Canada, in someone else’s house, I then got told, short notice, that security was going to be removed. By this point, courtesy of the Daily Mail, the world knew our exact location.

“So suddenly it dawned on me, ‘hang on a second, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here’.”