Meghan Markle said in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that the British royal family tried to silence her, refused to protect her and Prince Harry, and lied to protect other members of the family.
“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,” she said on Sunday’s “Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special.”
Asked “were you silent or were you silenced,” Meghan said it was “the latter.”
She said that “everything started to really worsen” when she and Harry were married in 2018.
She described the royals’ structure as being divided into two parts: the family and the “people running the institution.”
“Those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalize that because the queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me,” she said.
In a previously released clip from “Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special,” Winfrey asked the duchess how she felt “about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?”
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan said. “If that comes with risk of losing things, I mean ― there’s a lot that has been lost already.”
In legal filings from her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, Meghan’s lawyers previously gave insight into the duchess feeling “unprotected” by the palace during her first pregnancy.
Her legal team said that the duchess became “the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media” while pregnant and was left unable to defend herself from “hundreds of thousands of inaccurate articles” because of the palace’s communications policy.
All this caused her “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health,” her lawyers said.
More bombshells from Oprah, Harry and Meghan’s interview:
Meghan says there were racist concerns over Archie’s skin color ― before he was born.
The Duchess of Sussex said she contemplated suicide and was denied help.
The palace reportedly wouldn’t “tell the truth” to protect the Sussexes.
Harry says he felt “trapped within the system” of the royal family.
Meghan says Kate Middleton made her cry, despite reports saying the opposite.
Harry and Meghan dropped a wedding bombshell at the very beginning of the interview.
Harry heartbreakingly compared his wife’s plight to that of his late mother, Princess Diana.
Meghan and Harry told Oprah the sex of their second child!
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