Everything Meghan Markle said about her bombshell Oprah interview (2024)

In February 2021, news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had agreed to take part in a televised interview special with Oprah Winfrey, sparking speculation that the couple were planning to use the opportunity to settle scores with the royal family and re-launch themselves as public figures in California.

Just over a year since their split from the monarchy, tabloid rumors and speculation about exactly why the couple left Britain continued to circulate, unconfirmed by either side, leading Meghan to later reveal that she thought that in order to move on, they had to clarify their positions on what had passed.

The interview was filmed in Montecito at the home of a mutual friend of Winfrey and the Sussexes in March 2021, the final broadcast being made in the U.S. on March 7, and a day later on March 8 in the U.K.

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The fallout from the interview was swift, with the revelations made by the couple about their treatment at the hands of the palace machine, as well as the impact it had on their mental health, and their battles with the tabloid press coming second in public reaction to the claim that "concerns and conversations" had taken place within the royal family about the skin color of the couple's future child.

This bombshell sent a wave of anti-racist backlash against the monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II issuing a rare statement saying that while the revelations were "concerning" and would be dealt with, "some recollections may vary."

Though the after-effects of this conversation around race are still being discussed in relation to the monarchy today, Meghan has since said she was surprised that it was the main takeaway from the all-important interview.

Here, Newsweek looks at what Meghan has said about her interview with Oprah Winfrey in the years since it hit screens around the world.

Meghan, Harry and Oprah

Since the interview with Oprah aired in March 2021, Meghan and Harry have only discussed it in-depth once, during their eponymous Netflix docuseries which was released in December 2022.

In the show, Meghan revealed that discussions with the TV veteran had pre-dated the couple's split from the monarchy. Oprah had been a guest at their wedding in May 2018.

"Oprah had originally reached out to us through the communications director at Kensington Palace. There was excitement. I remember that and then I think we talked," she said.

The couple had moved their offices from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace in March 2019, suggesting that the earliest conversations with Oprah about an interview pre-dated that development in their royal journey.

Meghan explained to the Netflix audience that "the timing of when we would talk to her just kept changing," with the interview finally taking place after their split from the monarchy which was made in January 2020.

Filling in the Blanks

In the show, Meghan said that after she and Harry had split from the monarchy and moved to the U.S. that a "vacuum" was formed, and it was being filled with tabloid gossip and speculation.

"The more distance that came between us having a smaller role with the institution and coming over here, the more of a vacuum was being built. And people just genuinely didn't understand why we left," she said.

"That interview, it was less about setting the record straight than at least filling in the blanks that other people were filling in for us."

The duch*ess added: "Whatever we were creating and whatever new path we were trying to forge, you couldn't really do that without some clarity."

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'Entirely Eclipsed'

After they recorded their interview with Oprah, Harry and Meghan revealed that they didn't see an edit of the special until it aired for the public on March 7, 2021.

In Harry & Meghan, home-shot footage of the couple watching the show in a screening room showed their reactions to what was being said. At one point, Harry was shown covering his wife's eyes with his hand.

"We didn't see it until the world saw it," Meghan told the audience, while going on to add that the biggest takeaway she thought would be the harrowing revelation that she struggled with her mental health so much prior to the birth of Prince Archie in 2019 that she considered ending her own life.

"It's interesting," she said. "I thought that me being very open about the depression that I experienced and just how extreme that became...I thought that would be the biggest takeaway. But it was entirely eclipsed by the conversation surrounding race."

'Important to be Thoughtful'

Prior to the Harry & Meghan Netflix show airing, Meghan made one public reference to the Oprah interview, in an article written about her for The Cut magazine.

Speaking to journalist Allison P Davis, the duch*ess said she was "thoughtful" of the fact that when little girls look at her they often see her as a "real-life princess" and that it carries a responsibility.

"It's important to be thoughtful about it because—even with the Oprah interview, I was conscious of the fact that there are little girls that I meet and they're just like, 'Oh my God, it's a real-life princess,'" she said.

"I just look at all of them and think, You have the power within you to create a life greater than any fairy tale you've ever read. I don't mean that in terms of 'You could marry a prince one day.' I mean you can find love. You can find happiness. You can be up against what could feel like the greatest obstacle and then you can find happiness again."

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek's royal reporter, based in London. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on Newsweek's The Royals Facebook page.

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Everything Meghan Markle said about her bombshell Oprah interview? ›

"We didn't see it until the world saw it," Meghan told the audience, while going on to add that the biggest takeaway she thought would be the harrowing revelation that she struggled with her mental health so much prior to the birth of Prince Archie in 2019 that she considered ending her own life.

What did Meghan say to Oprah about Archie's skin color? ›

“About how dark your baby is going to be?” asked Oprah. “Potentially,” said Meghan, “and what that would mean or look like.” She declined to name anyone on the other side of the conversation: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”

What did Meghan Markle say about Kate Middleton in Oprah interview? ›

Oprah Interview

Meghan openly denied tabloid stories that she had made Kate cry in an argument over Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid's dress before her wedding, saying: "The narrative with Kate—which didn't happen—was really, really difficult and... I think that's when everything changed, really."

Did Beyonce text Meghan after Oprah interview? ›

Though Meghan shared the text message from Beyoncé and the cameras also captured her talking to Tyler Perry after the interview, one communiqué is only mentioned and not revealed.

What did Meghan Markle say that shocked Oprah? ›

In a particularly harrowing conversation, Markle tells Winfrey that she dealt with suicidal ideations in her second trimester. "I just didn't want to be alive anymore," she admitted. "And that as a very clear, and real, and frightening constant thought."

What has Meghan said about Catherine? ›

Earlier Prince Harry and Meghan said they wished "health and healing" for Catherine. And they called for her and her family to heal "privately and in peace".

Did Meghan take photos of Princess Charlotte? ›

The photos that are claimed to be Charlotte are actually photos of a child model from an advertisem*nt. Also, the child is younger than Charlotte was when Meghan first met her.

Does Beyoncé support Meghan Markle? ›

Beyoncé Shows Her Support for Meghan Markle After Oprah Special | Billboard News. On Tuesday night (March 9), Beyoncé took to her website to extend support to Meghan Markle, who opened up during the interview about just how challenging her time in the royal spotlight was.

Did William text Harry after Oprah interview? ›

' Then Harry shows Meghan the screen of his phone, prompting her to say: 'Wow, H just got a text from his brother!' The message is not shown, but it appears to have a dramatic impact on the prince, who grimaces and clasps his hands behind his head, muttering: 'I wish I knew what to do.

Why has Beyoncé stopped doing interviews? ›

People want to see more of Queen B

Thanks to her savvy use of social media, fans only know about Beyoncé what she wants them to know - allowing her to protect her privacy. Since 2013, she has only done a handful of interviews, preferring to let her narrative be told through her social media channels.

Why can't you watch the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan? ›

(If the CBS.com link above redirects you to the landing page for CBS' premium streaming service Paramount Plus, just go back to CBS.com and search for Oprah -- voila.) The interview is not available on Paramount Plus; a source says this is due to a decision from Oprah's production company.

What has Meghan said about Archie? ›

Meghan said they were not asked to take the traditional photo of front of the hospital after Archie was born because he wouldn't be a prince. Around the same time, when she was still pregnant, she said there were also conversations going on in the royal family about "how dark" Archie's skin would be.

Did Oprah have anything to do with the color purple? ›

Though she had worked in television news for years before taking the role, The Color Purple marked Winfrey's first feature film credit — and her first-ever experience on a film set. The Color Purple is in theaters now.

Is baby Archie's hair red? ›

It's official: baby Archie's hair colour is red, like his father, Prince Harry. Speaking to parents at the annual Wellchild Awards in central London last night, the Duke and duch*ess of Sussex chatted to award winner Milly Sutherland, 11, and her mother Angela, 50 from Liverpool.

What is Archie's eye color? ›

Both Archie and Meghan share the same dark brown eyes, and have similar shaped noses and mouths, and many royal fans agreed they looked like twins.

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