Meghan Markle and Harry’s primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey has received attention all over the world. The couple told the legendary TV host several shocking things about their relationship with the royal British family. They spoke entirely candidly about things that happened in the past.
Meghan Markle and Harry were dressed appropriately for the occasion. However, Meghan had a bracelet which was something more than just a bracelet. It represented a special thing, described as “a part of history”.
Harry and Meghan’s love story really is a sweet one. The royal son of Princess Diana and the actress’ ways pathed several years ago. And their wedding was something special to behold.
However, their love story has had some bumps, just like every other relationship. Only in their case, it has shocked the world. The couple first decided to leave royal life last year, and have now spoken out regarding some controversial subjects.
Before we get into the much-talked-about interview with Oprah, let’s take a look at what has actually happened. How did the couple meet? And how did we get here?
Meghan Markle had a very successful career as an actress before all this. Pretty much her whole life had been about pursuing her big dream of working in show business.
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry
However, her life changed when she and Harry met and fell in love. For the last couple of years, Meghan Markle’s been known as “The Duchess of Essex”, having received the title when she tied the knot with the British prince in 2018.
The two are genuinely in love, and we sincerely hope they are very happy. Of course, their journey to get to where they are now hasn’t been all that smooth, especially after the two stepped back as ‘senior’ members of the British royal family last year.
Markle was actually married once before, having tied the knot with producer Trevor Engelson in 2010. The couple, however, divorced in 2013.
Three years later, she met the love of her life. In July of 2016, a friend set up a blind date between Meghan and then-Prince Harry, and it was a smash-hit.
“I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her,” Harry told Vogue. “I was like, I’m really going to have to up my game here.”
Meeting Prince Harry
A few weeks later, Harry took Meghan to Botswana, where their relationship really took off. And Botswana would hold special significance just a few years later, as Markle’s center piece diamond in her three-stone engagement ring actually came from the country.
“We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other,” Harry explained.
Up until that point, everything was going amazingly well regarding Meghan’s private life. She was very close with her father, all throughout her childhood, as well as through college. He he helped her pay tuition, as well as aiding her to land a role in General Hospital. In short, he supported her the best he could.
The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took place on May 19, 2018, with the service being held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. However, due to a very complex relationship, her father wasn’t present.
People from all over the world eagerly watched the wedding. But a little more than two years later, the couple went on to do something rather controversial, at least in the royal sphere.
As of last year, Meghan and Harry are no longer ‘senior’ members of the British royal family. The couple, who welcomed son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019, decided to step down from their royal duties.
Leaving the Royal British family
Prince Harry said it was mainly because he wished to build a more peaceful life together with Meghan, without journalists chasing them around – something that he’s been used to all his life.
Harry and Meghan will no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness. However, they had the option of retaining them in the future. That pretty much left them the possibility of returning to the royal fold somewhere down the road.
After leaving their senior roles in the British royal family, they rented houses in Canada and, more recently, in Los Angeles.
In August of last year, Vogue reported that the couple have relocated to the quiet town of Santa Barbara, California
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as them for a family,” a spokesperson told Vogue.
These days, Harry and Meghan no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness. Weeks ago, it was reported that Harry and Meghan had agreed with Queen Elizabeth II that they will not return as working members of the British royal family.
“Remain much loved members”
Further, the honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the couple will be revoked and redistributed among the working members of the royal family.
However, the couple maintained that they will be committed to their duties in both Britain and in the rest of the world.
In the first announcement from the palace, Queen Elizabeth had “written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the statement said. It added: “While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
Before their departure, Meghan and Harry were limited in what they could say publicly. However, now that they won’t be returning as working members of the royal family, they can speak freely in interviews.
The couple sat down for two hours with Oprah Winfrey in their first big primetime interview since splitting from the royal family. The result was a shocking interview, where Meghan and Harry spoke straight from their hearts on what had actually happened.
Meghan & Harry – Oprah interview
Meghan could be seen crying several times in the interview, including when she discussed how Buckingham Palace had brushed aside her thoughts on not wanting to live anymore. Also, she said that family members had ““concerns over how dark his skin might be when he was born”, in reference to their, Archie. It was truly one of the most stunning revelations from the interview with Oprah.
“That was relayed to me from Harry. Those were conversations that family had with him,” Meghan said. She declined to reveal who was involved in those conversations, saying, “that would be very damaging to them.”
Buckingham Palace is yet to respond to the explosive claims in the Oprah interview. However, royal expert Russell Myers told ITV that it will likely take some time, since there is much to digest.
“I think they’ll take their time, I don’t think there will be any explosion of statements coming out,” Myers said. “Certainly they need to consider everything that’s been said.”
“There have been accusations labelled at them, very very worrying concerning things about mental health and damaging things for the economy,” Myers added. “I think they will respond and everyone will be waiting to see what they have to say.”
On special occasions, members – and now former members – of the British royal families usually wear several outfits or types of jewelry with a special histories. And for the Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan didn’t break from tradition.
Meghan Markle’s bracelet
Meghan Markle wore a very special bracelet which meant a lot for both her and Harry. It was actually a bracelet that belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, as reported by People. According to the Express, the bracelet has an estimated value of more than $174.000.
The bracelet sure is special, and Meghan already has a relationship to Princess Diana’s jewelry. The same bracelet as she was seen wearing during the Oprah interview was used to help craft Meghan’s engagement ring.
“The little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry told BBC in 2017.
“Obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan added.
It was fitting that Meghan wore it. Not only to pay her respects to the late Princess, but also, because Harry spoke about her during the Oprah interview.
Spoke on Princess Diana
He opened up and revealed what he thinks she’d have felt about the couple leaving the royal family.
“I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she’d ever want is for us to be happy,” Harry said.
“I brought what my mom left me,” he continued. “And without that, we would not have been able to do this, so touching back on what my mother would think of this, I think she saw it coming. I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process.”
As early as the promo for the interview being released, several other aspects of Meghan had been examined and found to be particularly interesting.
Body language expert Judi James claims she saw something about how Meghan held her hands, and how they apparently say a lot about her and Harry’s relationship.
Speaking to The Mirror, James said that the hand gestures seen in the Oprah interview shows that Meghan appears to be confident.
Meghan Markle – hand gestures
Harry, though, wasn’t, and needed Meghan’s support.
“I think when Meghan came to the UK, Harry very much saw himself in the role of overly protective husband that knew that all hell was going to break lose in terms of press and public interest, and was desperate to protect her – albeit that she presented herself as a very confident woman,” James explains.
Meghan and Harry held hands as they sat down for the historic chat. The setting was very calm, with garden chairs placed in a beautifully landscaped garden.
Judi James says she believes “the tide has completely changed” after watching the interview. Instead of Harry being the protective husband while living in the UK, she says that it seems like Meghan has taken the role of being the rescuer and protector.
Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah was very hard to watch. However, we really hope that the couple can move on and get the privacy they want and deserve.
We wish them all the best of luck, and also send our congratulations ahead of the coming birth of their second child.
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