What is the future of the monarchy?

A bombshell of an interview has dropped.

In October 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be taking six weeks off from their Royal Family duties. The reasoning was to spend more “family time” together with there newly born son at the time, Archie. But, in January 2020, we saw Prince Harry and Markle step down from their senior royal duties roles.

That’s when it was announced that Oprah Winfrey would interview Markle and Prince Harry. It was very exciting for Royal watchers. We would get to learn more about why they wanted to leave their roles and why they wanted to have an independent life. But after watching the interview, this looks bad for the Royal Family. This could jeopardize the entire family’s history and the monarchy as a whole.

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To start the interview, they announced that Markle is pregnant with a baby girl. But really, that’s where the good news ends for the Royal Family. They discussed what they claim was “false reporting” by media in the U.K., where Markle said she never made sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge cry and in fact the opposite happened. Markle said that “Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true.” When Oprah asked why anyone didn’t say anything, Markle said it’s a good question and took a pause.

The interview then continued surrounding the topic of why she wanted to leave. She described her world in the Royal Family as feeling trapped and isolated. Markle reflected saying “People within the firm (Royal Family) would say you can’t do this because you will look like that.” She couldn’t even go out with her friends because they said you had been in public for too long, even though Markle said, “I left the house twice in four months, I’m everywhere, but I’m nowhere.” She continued on to say that feeling lonely and refuting allegations that weren’t true, made her have suicidal thoughts. It shouldn’t have come to this point.

But things worsened. When Archie was born, Markle claimed there was a conversation that Archie wouldn’t be given security, a Royal title and “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” This isn’t just a family argument anymore, this a concern about the monarchy being racist.

When Prince Harry joined the interview about half-way through, Oprah asked him about the conversations. Harry said that conversation will never be out in the public, but admitted it was an awkward conversation.

No matter what side you’re on, this is more than just a family issue. This is about how the monarchy was instituted in racism. If we want to live in a world that is free of racism, we need to condemn those individuals as well as those institutions.

The Royal Family responded to the allegations in a statement from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen that said, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

I believe however there are many accusations made by Prince Harry and Markle need to be investigated. These are serious accusations. Taking the private approach raises skepticism and that something fishy happened. Considering the allegations that Markle leveled, especially about suicidal thoughts and the conversation about their son’s skin colour, a full and thorough public investigation into the Royal Family should be undertaken.