It’s been one of the most talked-about interviews of the decade and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with US TV host Oprah was both revealing and honest when it aired on TV in the United States last night.
As Oprah declared at the beginning of the interview “no subject was off-limits” as she sat down in the sunshine with a pregnant Markle for what would quite probably be the interview of her lifetime.
Markle and husband Prince Harry’s departure from the British Royal family in 2020 has divided the world. While some believe that Harry in particular has a duty to his family, others respect the couple’s decision to leave for the protection of themselves and their family. But this was the first time we have heard Meghan’s truth.
Below are some of the key takeaway messages and revelations from Markle’s interview:
She struggled with mental health and suicidal thoughts whilst living in the Royal household:
“I went to one of the most senior people to get help, and I share this because, there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no.” She continued: “I just didn’t want to be alive any more. That was a clear, real, frightening and constant thought.”
There were times the couple were hiding behind their smiles.
Speaking of a particular outing to the Royal Albert Hall when Meghan was pregnant with Archie she said: “What I see is how tightly his knuckles are gripped around mine. We are smiling and doing our job, but we are both just trying to hold on.”
The couple were married in a secret ceremony three days before their public wedding.
“Three days before our wedding we got married. The vows we have framed,” said the Duchess. We called the archbishop, and we just said, ‘Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.” It was “just the two of us in our back yard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
What really matters to her is family and being a mum.
Meghan claimed; “all the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment I don’t have. I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess. I’m clear on who I am independent of that stuff. The most important title I will ever have is ‘Mum,'”
She is having a baby girl.
Husband Harry revealed; “But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean, what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.”