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Meghan: Royal had concerns about son's skin colour

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour CBS primetime special.
    Meghan: Royal had concerns about son's skin colour The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour CBS primetime special.
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'I didn't want to be alive any more' Meghan and Harry describe racism and royal animosity in Oprah interview.
Extraordinary exchange paints picture of rift with family as couple says royals questioned how dark Archie’s skin would be.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour CBS primetime special.

Among a raft of revelations, Meghan says she had times when she "didn't want to be alive any more".

Meghan says one member of the Royal Family had concerns about how "dark" her son Archie's skin would be.

Harry says he has now been "cut off" financially, which is why the couple sought Netflix and Spotify deals.

Meghan says she was naive when she joined the family, and was surprised when she was asked to curtsy when she met the Queen.

Prince Harry reveals their new baby - due in the summer - is a girl.

Meghan told Oprah that the Royal Family decided, while she was pregnant, that her son Archie would not have a royal title or security.

At the time of Archie's birth it was reported that Harry and Meghan had themselves chosen not to give him a title.

As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton - one of Harry's subsidiary titles - or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Meghan told Oprah: "[There's a convention] When you're the grandchild of the monarch, so when Harry's dad becomes King, automatically.

"Archie and our next baby would become prince or princess or whatever they are going to be...And so I think even with that convention, I'm talking about while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie. Hmm. Well, why?"

Oprah asks: "Did you get an answer?"

Meghan replies: "No."

Oprah says the world was told it was Meghan and Harry "who didn't want Archie to have a prince title? So you're telling me that is not true?"

Meghan says: "No. And it's not our decision to make...that is their birthright to then make a choice about."

Oprah says: "Okay, so it feels to me like, things started to change when you and Harry decided that you were not going to take the picture that had been a part of the tradition for years."

She's talking about the tradition of royals posing for pictures as they leave hospital with their newborn.

Meghan says: "We weren't asked to take a picture."