In addition to facing heavy media scrutiny outside the palace walls and isolation at home, Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey during a sit-down interview airing on Sunday that she faced difficulty from within as well. The source was the future status of her son Archie before he was born.
“In those months when I was pregnant... we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title,’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” she said during the conversation.
The Duchess of Sussex said she was baffled by this alleged side-lining of her future child in the royal hierarchy, and the risk a lack of security could put them in.
“We haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder,” Meghan said. “We’ve allowed that happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”
She also suggested that the couple hadn’t, as some had suggested, decided to avoid a royal photo opportunity after Archie was born, but rather weren’t asked. If it had gone forward, Meghan said she was worried for his safety.
“We weren’t asked to take a picture. That’s also part of the spin,” she told Oprah. “There was a lot of fear surrounding it. I was very scared of having to offer up our baby, knowing they weren’t going to be kept safe.”
The Independent is reaching out to Buckingham Palace for comment about these allegations.
The Duchess is carrying her and Prince Harry’s second child, who unconfirmed reports suggest could be born this spring.