The Duchess of Sussex revealed in a TV interview that while she was pregnant, the British royal family had concerns over her baby’s skin tone.
Ex-actress Meghan Markle told interviewer Oprah Winfrey the royal family had decided not to give her son Archie a title nor security.
“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,” Markle said in the interview aired over CBS News.
“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time so we have 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 was born,” she claimed.
Markle appeared with husband Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who claimed his father had abandoned him, including financially, since the couple decided to step back from royal duties and live in North America.
Harry said his late mother, Princess Diana, would have been angered at the treatment received by Markle. “I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she’d ever want is for us to be happy,” he said during the two-hour interview.
Markle told Winfrey that she was informed that his son would not receive security because he was not going to be a prince.
She said she had suicidal thoughts and asked for professional treatment, but was told that would not be feasible.
“I just don’t want to be alive anymore and that was a very clear and real, and frightening constant thought,” she said.
Sarika Brose, a royal watcher, told CBC News that she heard a narrative overcoming injustice amid racism, entrapment, marginalization, financial insecurity, and lack of protection.
“Two of the most important points that were mentioned many times were mental health, self-harm as well as racism,” Brose said. A. C. R. Biscocho