Last night’s interview from California between Oprah; Harry, and Meghan was literally made-for-television at its finest. We’re not like the rest of the British press so we’re not going to find every random reason to hate Meghan for telling the truth.
Instead we’re going to round up the best and likely the most damning quotes from the interview which streamed like on CBS (aka Paramontplus.)
‘Even at our wedding, you know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that.
‘But we called the archbishop, and we just said, “Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.”
On her icy relationship with Kate..
Meghan and Kate argument
Meghan: ‘The narrative with Kate which didn’t happen was really, really difficult and something that I think that’s when everything changed, really.
‘The reverse happened. And I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding.
‘And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers and a note, apologising.’
On being silent or being silenced
Meghan: ‘‘The latter. Everyone in my world was given very clear directive from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating to always say “No comment.”
‘That’s my friends, my mum and dad. ‘I did anything they told me to do. Of course I did, because it was also through the lens of “And we’ll protect you.”
‘So, even as things started to roll out in the media that I didn’t see but my friends would call me and say, “Meg, this is really bad,” because I didn’t see it, I’d go, “Don’t worry. I’m being protected.”
On ‘not being protected’
Meghan: ‘I think that was really hard to reconcile because it was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.’
On if the titles are important to her?
Meghan: ‘All the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment that I don’t personally have, right?
‘I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess. I’ve always just still been Meghan, right?
‘So, for me, I’m clear on who I am, independent of all that stuff. And the most important title I will ever have is “Mum.” I know that.’
Meghan on race and the royal family
Meghan: ‘I can give you an honest answer. 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’s born.’
Oprah: ‘Who is having that conversation with you? What?’
Meghan: ‘There were several conversations about it.’
Oprah: ‘About how dark your baby is going to be?’
Meghan: ‘Potentially, and what that would mean or look like.’
Oprah: ‘And you’re not going to tell me who had the conversation?’
Meghan: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’
On UK Press and mental health
Meghan: ‘I just didn’t see a solution. I just didn’t see a solution. I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out.
‘And, look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered.
‘But I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. And I just didn’t I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
‘And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember I remember how he just cradled me.