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Meghan Markle says British royals were worried about her son’s dark skin

LONDON: Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince.

Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said she was naive before she married into the royal family in 2018, and ended up having suicidal thoughts and considered self harm after asking for help but getting none.

“They didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, ‘you won’t be given security, not gonna be given a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” She declined to say who had aired such concerns. Asked if she was silent or had been silenced, she replied: “The latter”.

The highly anticipated interview comes amid an acrimonious row between Meghan and Harry on one side and the British monarchy on the other. The couple, who married in 2018, has stepped down from their royal duties and is starting a new life in the United States.

Meghan said people within the royal institution not only failed to protect her against malicious claims but lied to protect others. “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,” Meghan said.

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“There’s the family, and then there are the people are running the institution, those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that because the queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.”

Meghan denied a newspaper story that she had made Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, cry before the wedding and said it was a turning point in her relations with the media. “That was a turning point,” Meghan said. Asked if she made Kate cry, Meghan replied: “The reverse happened.”

“A few days before the wedding she (Kate) was upset about something, pertaining to yes the issue was correct about the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry. And it really hurt my feelings,” Meghan said.

Meghan told Winfrey she had been naive before her wedding and did not realise what she was marrying into when she joined the British royal family. “I will say I went into it naively, because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family,” Meghan said.