During the conversation, Megan revealed in a sitting position that life in the royal family was so isolated, lonely and lacking support that she had suicidal thoughts. She added that people at the institution had expressed concerns about the color of her son Archie’s skin.
Even before the interview – Megan’s first since she and her husband announced plans to step down from senior roles in the British royal family – the British media criticized the event. Relations between the couple and the press in the country, and especially the newspaper tabloids, have long been turbulent.
The Daily Mail published the wall-to-wall interview and tried to fit all the bombs in one headline as follows: “Megan claims she was suicidal when she was 5 months pregnant, Kate made her cry and Royals refused to make Archie prince because they were worried about how “dark” it would be as Harry revealed that their new baby would be a GIRL. “The website was dominated by coverage, including at least 13 interview articles that included photos.
The interview was broadcast on CBS on Sunday during the original time in the United States and 1 o’clock in the morning local time in the United Kingdom.
The tabloid’s website also featured a prominent banner that read, “I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF,” and included a video that was reproduced in a series of interviews that showed Megan saying, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.” “
Another article on the website was included in the couple’s discussion during the interview about life in the United States, where they raise chickens.
“Go back to the foundations of their mansion for $ 14.5 million,” read a headline
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, on Monday highlighted allegations of Archie’s skin color concerns: “MEGHAN ACCUSS PALACE OF RACISM,” reads the front page of Monday’s Daily Mail. While other news outlets used images provided by Harpo Productions, Winfrey’s production company, the Daily Mail chose a narrow-cut image focused on Megan’s face.
The flood of stories on the Daily Mail’s homepage follows a derogatory banner headline ahead of an interview earlier Sunday in which the outlet tried to disprove CBS’s specialty as a “side show.”
Other newspapers also quickly assessed the potential consequences of the interview.
“Megan Markle may never return to Britain after angering the royal family with an interview with Oprah,” the Sun reported, citing Megan’s name before marriage. It quotes “insiders [who] fear that she and Prince Harry may have burned their bridges by failing to tell family members what was in the two-hour chat before it was shown.
The publication came out with a new nickname for Megan against the background of her quarrel with the royal family: “Megksile”. Earlier, the British tabloids marked the couple’s decision to withdraw from their royal duties “Megxit”, a reef of the term used to describe the UK’s departure from the United Kingdom.
“Queen: Debt and family unite us,” read the front page of the Daily Express. “It’s a public service for you, Harry and Megan … NOT a self-service TV chat with Oprah.”
Even before the program, British tabloids came armed for the case, which was among the biggest royal interviews in decades.
On Monday, the print edition of the Daily Mirror will focus on the princes “the great sadness” of Charles and William among the “consequences of the interview with Oprah,” Sky News reported.
Both the duke and the duchess are increasingly open to the heavy media control they have received.
Last month, Prince Harry told late talk show host James Cordon that his experiences had prompted him to take a step back from the royal family. “We all know what the British press can be like and it has ruined my mental health,” he said.
And in April last year, Harry and Megan said they would end all deals with four of the UK’s largest tabloid newspapers after years of strained relations. The couple also argued with the media in court.
In an interview with Oprah on Sunday, Megan said it had become painfully clear that there were double standards in the way the media covered her and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne.
“Now I see what layers are playing there. And again, they really seemed to want a story about a hero and a villain,” Megan said.
The coverage of the interview with Megan and Harry was not limited to the tabloids. British morning broadcasts and spreadsheets also presented excerpts in a prominent place on Monday.
How to get help: In the US, call National line for suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Friends all over the world also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.
“Brian Steller contributed to this report.”