Emily Mandev/Edge columnist

Social media, along with many other public news sources have been shocked by the recent Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The media has been taken by storm as Meghan explains her struggles with racism that she has faced whilst being pregnant within Royal household, she explains in the interview, “There were concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” These remarks took a huge toll on her mental health, as well as shocking the media.

Meghan explains her struggles with suicidal thoughts during the interview, she explained the emotions she felt whilst living within the Royal family and how she had felt unsafe and unprotected by the palace. She described the experience as “isolated and lonely.” When she had come to the palace for assistance for her mental health they had rejected her request because it “wouldn’t be good for the institution,” according to them.

Meghan finally came to her husband Prince Harry about her problems and suicidal thought that have been going on since before the birth of her child. Harry felt devastated when learning the news, he states that “I went into a very dark place as well. I wanted to be there for her.” Harry adds that during this time after their son Archie had been born, he had explained to Oprah that he would come home everyday to find Meghan crying whilst breastfeeding her baby.

In my personal opinion, the Royal family was cruel to force her into enduring these kids of thoughts without any psychological help just because they thought it would look bad, it’s a very cruel thing for them to do and it didn’t feel humane in any sort of way at all. The Royal family has the responsibility of taking in their Duchess and treating her with just the same amount of respect that they want from her, just because they are Royalty does not mean that they shouldn’t treat her with the same amount of respect for things such as her skin colour.

Sources:

Meghan and Harry interview: ‘Royalty is not a shield from the despair of racism’ – BBC

Meghan Markle Speaks About Her Family In Newly Released Clips From Interview With Oprah Winfrey – CBS LA

The royal split, racism and family struggles: 11 things we learned from Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview Rob Picheta, CNN

What We Learned From Meghan and Harry’s InterviewSarah Lyall and Tariro Mzezewa New York Times