Meghan & Harry's Most Shocking Quotes From Their Oprah Interview

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Meghan & Harry's Most Shocking Quotes From Their Oprah Interview

In the teaser for the Oprah's interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Oprah said that there was no holds barred. That anything goes. That Meghan says some "shocking things." And in the first couple minutes of the Sunday night event on CBS, Oprah reminded the audience that Meghan isn't being paid for this interview, which is supposed to tell us that shit's about to go down.

We've all watched the trailers over and over and bought into the promise of a shocking interview — so, did it hold up?

Below, the quotes from Meghan, Duchess of Los Angeles and the Harry formerly known as Prince, that took us by surprise.


"I never looked him up online." – Meghan Markle, on not googling or reading anything about Prince Harry.

"Three days before our wedding, we got married, no one knows that. We called up our Archbishop and said this thing, this spectacle, is for the world, we want our union to be between us." – Meghan, referring to her wedding.

"The narrative with Kate [Middleton] which didn't happen, was really, really difficult, and something that ... I think that's when everything changed, really." – Meghan, revealing that she didn't make Kate cry over flower girls dresses, Kate made her cry about the flower girl dresses.

"The reverse happened. I don't say that to be disparaging about anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something, but she owned it, and apologized, and she brought me flowers, and a note apologizing." – Meghan, on Crygate with Kate.

"I thought about it because they made me think about it." – Meghan, on being mixed race in the royal family.

"Were you silent, or where you silenced?" – Oprah. "The latter." – Meghan, about staying quiet about the issues – such as women's rights – that she didn't speak up about after joining the royal family.

"The Queen has always been wonderful to me." – Meghan, about feeling welcomed by Her Highness.

"There was very little that I was allowed to do, and so yeah, of course that breeds loneliness, especially when you come from such a full life... of freedom." – Meghan, about how she felt under the alleged thumb of The Firm.

"They didn't want [Archie] to be a Prince or a Princess, which is different from protocol, and he wasn't going to have security. It was really hard. He wasn't going to receive security." – Meghan, on her pain and confusion about the lack of safety offered to her son.

"Can you just tell them the truth, can you say to the world that you're not giving him a title, and we want to keep him safe, and if he's not a prince, then it's not part of the tradition. Just tell people, and then they'll understand." – Meghan, on why The Firm didn't want Meghan, Harry, and Archie to take the traditional photo of the family after they leave the hospital with their newborn. (Which is to say, the family was concerned about their safety, because the three of them wouldn't have security, because they weren't giving Archie a title.)

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around the same time, we have in tandem the conversation of — he won't be given security, not going to be given a title — and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born." – Meghan, after Oprah asked if race had anything to do with Archie not getting a royal title.

"I just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very real, and frightening, and constant thought." – Meghan, on her mental health in early 2019.

"I was told that I couldn't [get help], that it wouldn't be good for the institution," Meghan said. "I went to one of the most senior people to get help. And I share this because, there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no." – Meghan, on her attempt to get help.

"I said: 'I need help.'" – Meghan, to the Palace's HR department.

"'My heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there's nothing we can do to protect you because you're not a paid employee of the institution.'" – Meghan, on what HR told her when she asked to get help.

"This wasn't a choice, this was emails and begging for help saying very specifically: 'I am concerned for my mental welfare ... Nothing was ever done, so we had to find a solution." — Meghan, on the way the institution refused to let her seek mental health help.

"I can't be left alone." – Meghan, on her suicidal thoughts, and her decision to attend an event with Harry because she didn't trust what she might do if she was home alone.

"I'm not going to live my life in fear... I don't know how they [the royal family] could expect that after all of this time, that we would still be silent when there is an active role the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us." – Meghan, on her reason for speaking up now and telling her truth.

"It's a girl." – Harry, on their second child's sex, due this summer.

"Their justification is a change of status." – Harry, on why the royal family took away their security, even though the risk to them did not change.

"That's the bit that shocked me." – Harry, on his shock at how the UK media treated Meghan as a mixed-race woman.

"Lack of support, and lack of understanding." – Harry, on why they left the royal family.

"Because I took matters into my own hands. I needed to do this for my family." – Harry, on why Prince Charles stopped taking his calls.

"I was ashamed of admitting it to them." – Harry, on why he didn't go to the royal family for help when Meghan was suffering.

"Over 70 members of Parliament, female members, both conservative and labor, came out and called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Meghan, but no one from my family ever said anything for those three years. That hurts." – Harry, on his family's alleged refusal to condemn the press' racist treatment of Meghan.

"There's a reason that these tabloids have holiday parties at the Palace ... there is a construct that is at play there." – Meghan, on the British press's relationship with the royal family.

"They were really welcoming, but it really changed after the Australia tour." – Harry, on his family's changing attitude toward Meghan. The allegation is that Meghan did so well, they were jealous.

"The answer to your question is no. I wouldn't have been able to." – Harry, on whether or not he would've left the royal family, had it not been for Meghan.

"My father and my brother, they are trapped." – Harry, on Prince Charles and Prince William's status in The Firm.

"All she'd ever want was for us to be happy." – Harry, on what his mother Princess Diana would've said about his exit from the royal family.

"I got all my mom left me, and without that, we wouldn't be able to do any of this." – Harry, on how they're affording their lives, after having been cut off in early 2020.

"I feel really let down because he's been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, and Archie's his grandson, and at the same time, I will always love him, but there's a lot of hurt that's happened." – Harry, on his relationship with his father.

"That conversation, I'm never going to share." – Harry, on the conversation he had with someone in or close to the family about the color of Archie's skin.

"We did everything we could do make it work." – Harry, on their exit from the royal family.

"The relationship is space, at the moment." – Harry, on his relationship with his brother William.

"I'm so proud of my wife. She safely delivery Archie during a time that was so cruel, and so mean." – Harry, on his respect for Meghan.

"I regret believing that." – Meghan, on believing the royal family when they said they would protect her.

Images: CBS

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