Unaired Footage From Meghan Markle’s Oprah Interview Reveals She Had to Fight for This ‘Basic Right’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s interview Oprah Winfrey was absolutely shocking to many fans. In the interview, she revealed a number of bombshells, including that she had suicidal thoughts that almost caused her to take her life. Though the interview that aired was two hours long, there was a lot that had to be left out of the broadcast. In an unaired clip, Meghan revealed that she had to fight for one basic right.

Oprah Winfrey interviewing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for primetime special
Oprah Winfrey interviewing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for primetime special | Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images

What did Meghan reveal in her Oprah interview?

There were a number of shocking revelations that came out over the course of the interview. Early on, Meghan revealed that due to all of the media scrutiny and lies being spread about her, she didn’t want to live anymore. When her suicidal thoughts became more clear, she knew she had to tell her husband.

“I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing and I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to admit it to Harry because I know how much loss he’s suffered but I knew that if I didn’t say it — then I would do it and I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she told Oprah of finally telling Harry about her thoughts.

“That was clear and real and frightening and constant thought,” she continued.

She also revealed to Oprah that the royal family didn’t want to give her son, Archie, a title or security and were concerned about how dark he would be.

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“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 gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might when he’s born,” she told Oprah.

Meghan thought the royal family would have been happy to have a person of color born into their family, but that wasn’t the case.

“I could never understand how it wouldn’t be seen as an added benefit and a reflection of the world today, at all times, but especially right now,” she said. “To go, how inclusive is that you can see someone who looks like you in this family, much less one who’s born into it.” 

Which of Meghan Markle’s basic rights did she have to fight for?

In an unaired clip of the interview released by O, The Oprah Magazine, Meghan was asked whether she and Harry should have expected to lose their privacy because they were royal.

“I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic,” Meghan said. “We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect.”

She went on to give examples of what “basic” privacy means.

“If you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your co-worker says, ‘Oh, my gosh, your kid’s so cute. That’s fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?’ You go, ‘No. This is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you,'” she said.

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“And then if they double down and say, ‘No, but you already showed me that one. So you have to show me everything. You know what, I’m just gonna hire someone to sit in front of your house, or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy … because you shared one image with me.'”

Meghan admitted that she and Harry understood their roles as public figures but still deserved some level of privacy.

“There’s no one who’s on Instagram or social media that would say, ‘Because I shared this one picture, that entitles you to have my entire camera roll. Go ahead and look through it.’ No one would want that. So it’s about boundaries. And it’s about respect,” Meghan said.