In one of the most explosive interviews in recent years, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, did a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey about their experiences with the British monarchy and tabloid media since they became an item.
Here, we’ll take a look at 5 key takeouts from the interview which aired on CBS in the United States on Sunday night and aired on M-Net in South Africa on Monday night.
Meghan and Harry got married three days before their royal wedding
The couple told Oprah that they were actually already married when they had their big royal wedding. They’d gotten married just three days prior in their back garden with no other family present.
"We called the archbishop, and we just said, 'look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us'," Meghan said.
Meghan experienced suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant
Meghan opened up to Oprah about the intense mental health issues she suffered during her first pregnancy.
At some point, an emotional Meghan said to Oprah that she just didn’t want to be alive anymore. This was particularly because of the bullying she experienced from tabloid press and the lack of support from "the institution".
“Look, I was really ashamed to have to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry… but I knew that if I didn't say that, I would do it.”
Their son Archie’s skin colour was a concern that was raised
In what has possibly been the most talked about takeout from the interview, Meghan revealed to Oprah that concerns were raised about how dark their son Archie’s skin colour might be when he’s born.
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the 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 was quite taken aback by this. “What? Who is having that conversation with you,” she asked. Meghan responded by clarifying that these were conversations had with Harry while she wasn’t present, and that she didn’t feel comfortable sharing who it was/they were because she thinks that “it would be very damaging to them”.
Meghan is currently pregnant with a baby girl
In what is now believed to be the first time that a royal baby’s gender has been revealed before the baby's birth (this is unconfirmed), the couple told Oprah that they are expecting a baby girl.
This is what Harry said about the first moment that he saw the ultrasound:
“Amazing. Just grateful, like - to have any child, any one or any two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl, what more can you ask for?” he said. "Now, we’ve got our family. We’ve got the four of us and our two dogs and it’s great."
Meghan and Harry have a deep respect for the queen
While there was a lot said about the royal institution, or “the firm” as Meghan refers to it - they had a lot of very good things to say about the Queen.
“The Queen has always been wonderful to me,” she said. “I really loved being in her company.”
Harry added that they’ve never made any announcements without first telling the Queen.
“I’ve never blindsided my grandmother, I have too much respect for her,” he said. “I’ve spoken to my grandmother more this past year than I have in many years.”