It’s been over a month since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The CBS special was a huge ratings hit with 17 million viewers tuning in. The interview had its fair of bombshells as Meghan described life as a royal, and the couple’s decision to leave.
There were plenty of jaw-dropping revelations throughout the show. A tearful Meghan discussed how the negative press impacted her health, and how the royal family did nothing to help her.
Aside from the effects of the tabloids’ bullying, Meghan also dropped another shocking piece of info. Meghan revealed that prior to Archie’s birth, a family member asked about the baby’s skin color. Harry and Meghan’s revelations cast a negative light on the royals, and may have created more tension between them and the family.
Harry And William’s Fractured Relationship
Harry’s relationship with his family has been affected since his decision to step away from his royal duties. Although, he’s still has a very close relationship with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the same can’t be said for other family members. In his interview with Oprah, Harry admitted that at one point, he and his father Prince Charles weren’t on speaking terms, but they’re mending their relationship.
As for him and his brother Prince William. Their estrangement reportedly began when Harry and Meghan announced their engagement. William felt Harry was moving too fast in his relationship with Meghan, which angered the young prince.
Although, the press was quick to blame Meghan for the rift, tensions between the brothers was brewing long before she came into the picture. According to reports, Harry always felt second best compared to William. With William being groomed to one day be king, all attention was on him, while Harry was only referred to as the spare.
As for the brothers’ relationship now, Harry explained to Oprah that he loves his brother. Harry says that he and William have been through a lot together, but at the moment they’re on different paths. But Harry hopes that one day they can heal their broken relationship.
Harry Felt Let Down By His Family
During the interview, Meghan opened up about attacks from the British press. The Duchess of Sussex said the constant bullying took a toll on her mental health. She revealed that at one point she contemplated suicide while pregnant with her son Archie.
Harry’s heart broke watching his wife suffer because of the tabloids’ attacks. When the couple asked his family for help in stopping the negative press, nothing was done. As Harry would describe, he felt “let down” by his family.
Harry saw how much his mother Princess Diana was hounded by the media, and the effects it had on her. Fearing that history was repeating itself, Harry and Meghan made the decision to step away from the royal family.
William Wants To Share His Side
Harry and Meghan’s interview has created a scandal for the royal family. The couple has received a lot of support for sharing their story. Although, many expected the royal family to fight back, so far there’s been no retaliation.
However, Prince William may be looking to fight fire with fire. According to reports, the future king wants his side of the story to be heard. But that may not happen thanks to his grandmother. Queen Elizabeth wants this matter handled privately, and fears airing grievances in public will make things worse. Although, William is going along with is grandmother’s wishes, he’s finding it hard to hold back.
Harry Has No Regrets
Although, Harry’s tell-all may have created further tension between him and his family, he has no regrets. Telling his side of the story was a huge relief for the 36-year-old. He feels “liberated” and wants to concentrate on the new chapter in his life.
Since making their exit in January 2020, Harry and Meghan have settled in Montecito, California. The couple is making a name for themselves thanks to a Netflix deal, and Harry’s new job as Chief Impact Officer for BetterUp. The two are also preparing for the arrival of their second child, a daughter due later this summer.