The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s hugely anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey was a moment of worldwide interest and the most significant royal interview since Princess Diana’s on the BBC’s Panorama a quarter of a century ago. The interview was Harry and Meghan’s moment to “tell their truth” about why they “stepped back” from royal life in early 2020. There were some major revelations on relations and conflicts within the Royal Family, Meghan’s suicidal thoughts and most explosively for the monarchy allegations of racism . . .
Meghan’s account of her relations with the Queen were the most positive part of the interview for the Royal Family. Meghan recalled her joint engagement with the Queen to Cheshire: “The Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me. I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together . . . We had breakfast together that morning and she’d given me a beautiful gift, and I just really loved being in her company. And I remember we were in the car, she gave me some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace . . . we were in the car going between engagements, and she has a blanket that sits across her knees for warmth. And it was chilly, and she was like, ‘Meghan, come on’ and put it over my knees as well” . . .
What the world saw and what the Sussexes experienced was clearly very different. Speaking about their wedding of May 19, 2018, Meghan said: “I’ve thought about this a lot because it was like having an out of body experience I was very present for. That’s the only way I can describe it because the night before I slept through the night entirely, which in and of itself is a bit of a miracle. And then woke up and started listening to that song ‘Going to the Chapel.’ And just tried to make it fun and light and remind ourselves that this was our day, but I think we were both really aware, even in advance of that just, this wasn’t our day. This was the day that was planned for the world.” (Extract from Royalty Magazine Vol 28/03)