Art by Michelle Jun
Not all kingdoms have their “happily ever after” like we think. No one would have guessed that Sussex’s Duke and Duchess would end up being California's Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor.
It is safe to say that the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan after their departure from their royal lifestyle is already one of the most talked about events of our year. The interview covered what’s really going on behind the scenes with the royal family –– racism and mental health issues.
One of the most shocking parts of the interview was when the viewers discovered that Meghan had faced racism within the family. She is biracial and exposed the British media for treating her differently than Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Headlines showed excitement for Kate’s pregnancy and included photos that depicted Kate protecting her child by holding her bump; yet for Meghan, the headline criticized her for putting her hand on her bump too often, and that it might have been acting or prideful.
Meghan said that racism wasn’t coming only from the outside. A member of the royal family had asked how the baby would look, referring to his skin color. Harry and Meghan had hidden the identity of this family member, as they say it would ruin them. This came as a shock to many St. Mary's girls because of the picture-perfect public image of royalty. However, not all St. Mary’s girls were fazed.
Rebecca Schwtezer (9) said “I wasn’t too surprised about the racism, because I have seen a video, where two members of the royal family had laughed at an indigenous call.”
Meghan also discusses how her mental health was not in a good place. She attempted to receive therapy from the palace’s human resources center and was denied help with the excuse that it would reflect poorly on the family’s institution.
Meghan and Harry could not sacrifice any more for the royal family and finally decided to leave.
In response to the Oprah interview, Queen Elizabeth released a statement saying that the family will be addressed about the racism that took place.
Changing from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to just simple Harry and Meghan, the two now live in a large house located in Santa Barbara, California with their beautiful son and a daughter on the way.
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