The Duchess of Sussex has said it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted she can “say anything” as she sat down for a wide-ranging interview in the US.
Meghan, 41, opened up about her father Thomas Markle and reflected on the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales during an interview with The Cut magazine at her home in California.
In the more than 6,000-word interview, Meghan said that “just by existing” she and Harry were “disrupting the dynamics of the hierarchy” before stepping down as members of the royal family.
Harry’s relationship with his father is said to have been strained since the couple left the UK.
She said during her televised interview with Oprah Winfrey last year that Charles had stopped taking her calls.
Meghan told The Cut: “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process.’
“It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it is for me, but that’s their decision.”
A spokeswoman for the duchess later clarified that Meghan was referring to losing her own father and that she hopes that will not happen to Harry and his father.
A source close to Charles said she would be sad if Harry felt their relationship was lost, adding: “The Prince of Wales loves both his children.”
Reporter Allison P. Davis asked Meghan if there was room for forgiveness between her, the royal family and her own family.
Meghan said: “I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy not to forgive.
“But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”
He added: “I have a lot to say until I do. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
Meghan told the publication: “It’s interesting, I’ve never had to sign anything that prevents me from speaking.
“I can talk about all my experience and decide not to.”
When asked why she’s not talking, Meghan replied: “She’s still healing.”
Since stepping down as members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry have agreed to interviews, including their sensational chat with Oprah in which they accused the royal family of racism and the establishment for not helping Meghan when she had suicidal thoughts.
The Duchess of Cambridge was publicly singled out by Meghan for allegedly making her cry before the wedding.
During The Cut’s interview, Meghan said she was told there was the same jubilation in South Africa when she married Harry as there was when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
Mandela, revered around the world as a man of peace and forgiveness, was released from prison in 1990 after 27 years and became president of his beloved South Africa.
Meghan said the comparison between Mandela and her marriage to the royal family was made at the 2019 premiere of The Lion King in London, where she and Harry met Beyonce and Jay-Z.
“I just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was afraid to come out,” she said, adding that a cast member in South Africa pulled her aside.
“He looked at me and it’s like a light. He said, ‘I just need you to know: when you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets like we did when Mandela was released from prison.’
According to Davis, Meghan said she couldn’t do school with her eldest son Archie in the UK without a group of photographers taking pictures.
“I’m sorry, I have a problem with that. That doesn’t make me obsessed with privacy. That makes me a strong, good parent who protects my child,” Meghan said.
The Publishers’ Code of Practice, which sets out the rules IPSO-regulated newspapers and magazines have agreed to follow, prevents children from being photographed at school.
Photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s first days at school were captured by the British press during an organized photo call that had the consent of the Cambridge family and the school.
Elsewhere in the interview, Meghan appeared to suggest that the media had referred to her children with the “N-word”.
Speaking about the royal rotation, the long-established press system that covers official events involving the monarchy, Meghan said: “Why would I give the same people who say the N-word to my kids a picture of my child before I can share it with the people who love my child?
“Tell me how that makes sense and then I’ll play this game.”
Meghan also said she will return to Instagram after deleting her account more than four years ago as part of becoming a senior royal, although later in the interview Davis said the Duchess suggested that she wasn’t sure she would anymore.
Reflecting on what she and Harry were asking for before they stepped down as members of the royal family, Meghan told The Cut that what they are asking for was not to “reinvent the wheel” and, according to Davis, listed a handful of princes, princesses and dukes who have the agreement. they wanted
“That, for whatever reason, is not something we were allowed to do, even though several other family members do exactly that,” Meghan said.
Meanwhile, Harry said working alongside Meghan feels “natural and normal”.
He said: “Most people I know and a lot of my family, can’t work and live together.
“It’s actually very strange because it would seem like a lot of pressure. But it feels natural and normal.”
Meghan and Harry have settled into a new life in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in California, buying a multi-million pound home and launching a non-profit foundation.
The pair have also signed lucrative deals, believed to be worth more than £100m, with Spotify and Netflix, giving them the capital to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.