The fiery television interview conducted by American media Oprah Winfrey with British Prince Harry and his wife Megan divided people around the world on Monday, after the couple blamed media pressure and the racism of the British media, and criticized the royal family’s lack of understanding of their situation.
During the two-hour interview, Harry revealed the troubles tearing relationships with his father, Prince Charles and his brother Prince William, illuminating the depth of family divisions in the British royal family that pushed the couple to shy away from royal duties and move to California last year, according to the Associated Press. American.
The British newspaper “Mirror” described the interview as causing the worst crisis the royal family has experienced in Britain in 85 years. Many British newspapers published today have devoted the front pages to talking about the tragic interview from their point of view.
The palace has not yet responded to the merits of the interview, in which Megan described her feeling of isolation and misery within the royal family to the point that she had suicidal thoughts, and said that a family member had “concerns” about the color of her unborn baby’s skin.
According to Harry, one of the family members was not Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip, sparking a wave of speculation about who he might be. R
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to comment on the interview, praising Queen Elizabeth II, but said that “when it comes to matters relating to the royal family, the right thing the prime minister says is nothing.”
When asked whether US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill had any reaction to the interview, White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said that Megan’s decision to talk about her mental health struggles “requires courage” and “that’s definitely something the president believes in.” However, she said, she would not provide additional comment on the situation “given that these are ordinary citizens who share their own stories and struggles.”
For his part, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the interview strengthened his argument for Australia to cut its constitutional ties with the British monarchy. Unhappy family “It’s clearly an unhappy family, or at least Megan and Harry are unhappy,” Turnbull says. It sounds so sad.
In China, news of the interview was reported in state media, including the overseas version of the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper, the People Daily, and was widely discussed on the popular social media platform “Weibo”.
In the early days of their marriage, Harry and Meghan join William and his wife Catherine in projecting a charming and lively image of the young royals. This partnership was severed when Harry and Megan left the country, saying they wanted to make a living and escape from what they described as intrusive and racist coverage by British media. But the interview brought those criticisms to the royal palace itself, as the couple made allegations of racism against an unknown member of the royal family.
Megan recounted that there were concerns raised by the royal family about the color of their baby, Archie, during pregnancy. “I was a little shocked,” Harry confirmed in the conversation. He said he would not reveal who made the comment. Winfrey later said Harry told her the comment did not come from his grandparents Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip.
Megan, 39, admitted she was naive at the start of her relationship with Harry and unprepared for the restrictions of royal life. She added that she was a successful actress before her marriage. She was elated by the controlling nature of being a “royal”, hardened by the idea that she should live according to conditions set by the palace officials. This added to the fact that staff refused to help her when she faced racist attacks from the media and internet trolls, she said.
Sympathy for the spouses
In the United States, there were many sympathetic comments made by the couple. Tennis star Serena Williams, a friend who attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding, said on Twitter that the Duchess’s words “illustrate the pain and cruelty she endured.” “The mental health consequences of systematic oppression and victimization are devastating, cause isolation, and are often fatal,” Williams added.
Megan – then known as Megan Markle, who starred in the American TV legal drama “Suits” – married Harry in Windsor Castle in May 2018.
Archie was born the following year, and in a rare positive moment in the interview, the couple revealed that their second child, due to be born in the summer, would be a girl.
Fear of Diana’s fate
Harry said he lived in fear of a repeat of the fate of his mother, Princess Diana, who was constantly covered in the press and died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi. “What I was seeing is history repeating itself, but it is definitely much more dangerous – because then you add race and social media add to it,” he added. Megan and Harry both praised the support they received from the Queen. “The Queen has always been wonderful to me,” Megan said.