Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not hold back during their revolutionary interview with Oprah Winfrey, that's for sure.
But in the wake of the interview, and following allegations that there were concerns over the color of baby Archie's skin, the Royal family have spoken out.
And now experts have decoded the hidden messages in the Royal response ...
Now, this was the moment we'd been waiting for...
Since the interview dropped, we'd been on tenterhooks waiting for a response from the Royal family.
It's no secret that the couple had been having a tough time thanks to the pressures from the royal family.
But we did not expect things to be this wild.
It's clear that issues started from the day Meghan and Harry announced they wanted to be married. However those same issues still haunt them both today, despite them packing their things and moving hundreds of miles away from the family.
The couple's revelations hit everyone hard.
And after watching the interview, you can't help but sympathize with them for all the traumatizing things they had to endure during their short stay at the Palace.
Here are the top 10 bombshells they dropped on the world...
10. Meghan went into her marriage to Prince Harry very "naively."
She told Oprah that she did not do much research before settling down with Harry.
"I didn't grow up knowing much about the royal family," she said.
"It wasn't something that was part of the conversation at home. It wasn't something we followed."
She explained how, in the States, a lot of people romanticize the idea of being a royal, like it's something out of a fairytale when in actual fact it's entirely different. And even though she didn't expect her life to be as magical as people told her it was going to be, she didn't expect it to take the dark turn that it did.
She also explained how she "never looked up [her] husband online."
She continued: "I just didn't feel the need to because everything that I needed to know, he was sharing with me — or everything we thought I needed to know, he was telling me."
Markle also revealed that she and Harry got married 3 days prior to the televised wedding so they could have a "moment" to themselves.
I do wonder what about the duties of the royal family made Meghan so committed to the cause.— Danny_O (@Eyeofthe_Tiger9) March 8, 2021
Was it love? Did she not know the legacy of the Monarchy? Did Harry not give her a bit of a rundown???
I know I’m inviting a lot of hate by saying this, but how did Meghan just like not know basic things about the royal family lol— BB-k8 (@k8andbake) March 8, 2021
Meghan shares she did not know much about the @RoyalFamily before marrying Harry. #IWouldAsk: What steps did Prince Harry take to walk you through the limitations of the life you were about to enter? #OprahMeghanHarry— Emily Kostic (@emilykostic) March 8, 2021
9. Curtsying Queen Elizabeth, even behind the scenes.
Meghan was first introduced to her soon-to-be relatives, including the Queen, when the pair were invited for lunch at the Royal Lodge, where Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew live.
"Right, do you know how to curtsy?" Harry asked Meghan upon finding out that she would be meeting his grandmother.
But Meghan was confused because she thought curtsying was just an official move.
"I genuinely thought that was what happens outside. I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn't think that was what happens inside. And I said, 'But it's your grandmother,' and he said, 'It's the Queen.'"
Prince Harry: Meghan you know how to curtsy right?— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) March 8, 2021
Meghan Markle: pic.twitter.com/NDZ3sMogUU
Not Harry asking Meghan if she knew how to curtsy right before meeting the Queen. Sir 😂 you were supposed let her know at least a day in advance not 5 minutes before getting there #OprahMeghanHarry #HarryandMeghanonOprah— Nwamaka ✨ (@LoveWammie) March 8, 2021
Oprah: How does one curtsy?— New President, Same Work (@miles_k) March 8, 2021
8. Meghan's suicidal thoughts.
After marrying into the royal family, Meghan revealed that she had "suicidal thoughts."
"I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry."
"But I knew that if I didn't say it - then I would do it."
The former Suits actress revealed that she faced tremendous backlash in the press which made her spiral downwards.
"I just didn't want to be alive anymore," she added. "That was a clear and real and frightening and constant thought."
Meghan also revealed that during this dark time, she has spoken another senior royal who informed her that she couldn't seek help for mental health because it would look bad on the family as a whole.
Everyone in the British press is at their desk right now. Nobody went home from work yesterday. No sleep just red bulls and racism— ً (@JamzLndon) March 8, 2021
Piers Morgan who is a white man, is telling us that he “doesn’t buy” that the way Meghan has been treated by the British press and The Firm, is because of racism.— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) March 8, 2021
When white people attempt to be the arbiters of what is and isn’t deemed racist, aren’t they embarrassed??
Meghan’s not going to see you tweeting you don’t believe she was suicidal - but your friends who have been suicidal will— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) March 8, 2021
7. Meghan made Harry realize he was "trapped."
When Oprah asked Harry if he would have been able to step down from his royal duties without Meghan, he said that he wouldn't have.
His response was actually very concerning...
"I wouldn't have been able to, because I myself was trapped as well. I didn't see a way out."
He explained what it was like being part of that family.
"No matter who you are in the family, no matter what's going on in your personal life, no matter what's just happened, if the bikes roll up and the car rolls up you gotta get dressed you gotta get in there, wipe the tears away, shake off whatever you're thinking about, and you gotta be on your A-game."
He also added how he has "compassion" for his brother and his father.
"They don't get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that."
Prince Harry just breaks my heart. He looks sad... broken... his family has really hurt him — there’s healing to be done. But he & Meghan love each other & they are strong. They’re going to make it. #HarryandMeghanonOprah— Rochelle Cortez (@Rochell21664616) March 8, 2021
“i can’t imagine what this was like for my mother (princess diana), because she had to go through this by herself. at least we have each other.” - prince harry #oprahmeghanharry pic.twitter.com/2t1H6B7RCk— ؘ (@mariposarosea) March 8, 2021
This is sad... #OprahMeghanHarry I’m glad that she survived this nightmare and that Meghan is here to tell her story. Prince Harry is protecting his wife the way he wishes someone would’ve protected his mother. They needed to escape that darkness.— Entanglement Counselor (@Omeezy812) March 8, 2021
6. Harry was cut off financially at the start of 2020.
Prince Harry revealed that the couple was cut off financially from the family after they made the announcement to step back from their royal duties and since then, they have been living off the inheritance of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana.
"I've got all my mom left me. And without that, we would not have been able to do this. She saw it coming, and I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process."
It's easy to see the parallels between the treatment of Diana and Meghan throughout their time as senior royals.
And many worry they are going to see history repeat itself. It really is a scary thought.
I don’t care what anyone in the media says, Diana would have been SO fucking proud of Harry and she would have LOVED Meghan Markle— meg (@MeghanCarty) March 7, 2021
Our mums and Diana 🤝 us and Meghan— #90sBabyShow (@Fr3dSantana) March 8, 2021
i will never forgive the british royal family for what they did to meghan markle and princess diana. both of them came in wanted to do good, with so much love and dedication to offer and look what they did to these women. they abused, abandoned and threw them to the wolves. pic.twitter.com/NvAEZ6VsMe— antoni (@vantaezane) March 1, 2021
5. Meghan was "silenced" by the royal family.
Before the full interview was aired, in a clip it was revealed that Meghan was "silenced" by the Palace.
"I've always been outspoken, especially about women's rights, and that's the sad irony of the last 4 years, I've advocated for so long for women to use their voice."
The idea that she was "protected" by the royal family fully crumbled after the marriage.
Meghan said this:
"That was hard to reconcile because it was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family. They weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband."
It’s interesting how much of the British establishment seems to have a bigger problem with Meghan Markle than Prince Andrew.— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) March 7, 2021
The royal family announcing the investigation into Meghan Markle’s behaviour and not Prince Andrew’s affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein is all you need to know about this organization and what it stands for #HarryandMeghanonOprah— Whoops™️ (@leyla_verdier) March 8, 2021
I reckon Andrew has given her a harder time...but yeah let’s get back to Meghan... https://t.co/NyGvcDzhQw— Alex Beresford (@alexberesfordTV) March 5, 2021
4. Kate Middleton made Markle cry.
Before this interview, there were several reports that Meghan had made her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton cry when in fact, it was the other way around and it was all over a dress for Princess Charlotte.
She said she found the narrative "shocking," when she saw it in the press.
She also referred to it as the "beginning of a character assassination."
While she didn't go into too much detail about the actual incident, she did say that the 2 made up after it.
"I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something. But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing", but she did say that the situation "made [her] cry" and "hurt her feelings."
so basically kate made meghan cry and then she leaked it to the british press and pretended like the reverse happened......WHAT A NASTY WOMAN— mena (@_amenoacid) March 8, 2021
I see people on here SHOCKED that Kate didn’t step up to clear the air about the “Meghan made me cry” story, but if you have ever worked with white women, you have experienced this silence, this complicity, and many of us are still traumatized by it. #BlackWomenAtWork— Christina Coleman Mullen (@ChrissyCole) March 8, 2021
3. Concerns over Archie's skin color.
Now this might be one of the most shocking revelations to come out of the interview. Meghan and Harry said that prior to Archie's birth in 2019, there had been months on conversations about his skin color.
Meghan told Oprah this:
"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, 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."
Some had even gone as far as wondering "what that would mean or look like" if their son had dark skin.
What the f***?
The couple said they would never name the people that made these comments because they "think that would be very damaging to them."
"That conversation I'm never going to share," Harry later added when he joined the interview. "At the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked."
they were worried about Archie's skin?!..... really???? pic.twitter.com/IW2KQj2rKU— LoLa (@lolalissaa) March 8, 2021
2. Harry and Meghan are having a baby girl.
The couple announced that they will be having a baby girl during the interview.
"To have any child, any 1 or any 2 would've been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl — what more could you ask for?" said Harry. "Now we've got our family. We've got the 4 of us, our 2 dogs."
They have not revealed an official due date yet but did mention that it would be during "summertime."
And shockingly, they also revealed that "2 is it." They don't plan on having any more children.
Where can I place a bet on Meghan and Harry naming the baby girl Diana.— Sarah Jenkins (@sarahjenkinsxo) March 8, 2021
The only royal family I care about is Harry, Meghan, Archie and their baby girl that they are going to welcome into the world with open arms and loving hearts and away from the toxicity that is the crown.— Barchiedaily (@Barchiedaily) March 8, 2021
So glad Meghan & Harry have been able to find their freedom and happiness. I can’t wait to see baby girl! 💗#OprahMeghanHarry— Diana (@holaitsd) March 8, 2021
1. Prince Charles stopped taking Harry's phone calls.
After the reports of Meghan and Harry "blindsiding" the Queen and the rest of the royal family with their decision to step back from their duties emerged, Oprah couldn't help but ask Harry about the fiasco.
Harry heavily denied those claims.
"No. I've never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her."
He continued: "When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls."
Harry put this down to the fact that he was taking matters into his own hands.
"I needed to do this for my family," he said, telling viewers about his thought process at the time. "This is not a surprise to anybody. It's really sad that it's gotten to this point, but I've got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife's, and for Archie's as well, because I could see where this was headed."
“Before he stopped taking my calls”. Harry ready to air all this shit out lmfaooo. Meghan said she won’t say names and Harry said I WILL. That’s Diana’s son right there #OprahMeghanHarry pic.twitter.com/bKFvigeacd— Olivia B (@LivB06) March 8, 2021
The worst part for Harry vis á vis his family is that his father cut him off--from their relationship, from his birthright, from money, from protection. We always knew Charles was awful because of how he treated Diana, but when you disown your children? #HarryandMeghanonOprah— Victoria Brownworth #EndTheMisogynyFightFor15 (@VABVOX) March 8, 2021
It is incredible to me that after growing up in that environment, Harry is able to channel all of the good from Diana & deflect all of the evil from Charles. Is he an actual super hero? #HarryandMeghanonOprah pic.twitter.com/VC214QFeMy— unicorns, rainbows & broadway (@unicornsrainb16) March 8, 2021
Meghan and Harry deserve better.
And now the Royal family has responded for the first time since the explosive interview ...
A palace spokesman said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning."
"Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
But some experts have now weighed in on the hidden meaning behind the statement.
Press Secretary to Her Majesty Charles Anson said her message was "edged with sadness. I think these developments are difficult to deal with and she wants to do it in a fair way but in the family circle rather than by public diplomacy."
"'I think the main point there has always been that the Queen has said whatever decision Prince Harry and Meghan take... Her Majesty and the Family wish them well."
Royal author Phil Dampier agreed, saying "I'm sure the Queen is desperate to heal the wounds and deal with this in private."
"The Queen is really saying that Harry and Meghan might be giving their version of events or their interpretation of a conversation a couple of years ago, without going so for as to say they are lying, which they might not be."
"Clearly she has spoken to the person who allegedly made the remark about Archie and they have given her their version of events."
"Above all she wants to keep the identity of the senior royal who made the alleged remark about Archie's skin color a secret."
"'She knows that if it comes out that person will never be allowed to forget it, rightly or wrongly."
Royal biography Tom Bower agreed.
"Faced with their unsubstantiated allegations and a huge wave of support for Meghan and Harry, the Palace's statement is a masterpiece of polite rejection and diplomatic embrace. The moment to establish the truth will come but the Queen is right to let first the storm die down and then begin to reestablish the monarchy's enduring status."
Royal commentator Robert Jobson said, "The palace believe diversity, equality, inclusion and mental health are important issues and highlighting that has formed part of the work of Members of the Royal Family for many years."
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams went on, "The Queen, part of whose life's work has been to nurture the Commonwealth, a symbol of diversity, has rightly expressed concern about the issue of race being raised."
"As has been widely reported, the views expressed on several issues by the Sussexes were highly questionable."
"The Queen's use of the phrase ''while some recollections may vary'' handles this with sensitivity."
Royal author Phil Dampier continued, "By saying Harry and Meghan are 'much-loved family members,' she is throwing out an olive branch and pleading with them not to say anymore and to calm down and start to build bridges."
"They are assured that their concerns are taken very seriously and that the way to handle the issues they have raised is to do so privately, as a family."