During a recent interview with The Cut, Meghan Markle opened up about whether she will forgive the royal family. See what she had to say below.
Meghan Markle may be ready to let go of the past.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, revealed that she and her husband, Prince Harry, are “still healing” from their life experience with the royal family, but she hopes that they will be able to move on one day.
“I think forgiveness is really important,” she said in an interview withThe Cut published Aug. 29. “It takes a lot more energy to not forgive. But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”
Meghan added, “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
E! News has reached out to the royal family but has yet to receive a response.
Meghan and Harry, who have two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 14 months, announced in January 2020 that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family and starting work on a new life together outside of the United Kingdom.
While Meghan and Harry planned to keep some of their duties and things appeared to be amicable from the outside looking in, tensions between the couple and the royal family began to rise.
The following year, Meghan and Harry gave an explosive tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey, giving an inside look at how thick the tension was before they left the royal family, including how the Duke of Sussex was cut off financially, how he and his family were no longer given security detail, and how his father, Prince Charles, cut communication with him.
The Duchess was also accused of bullying royal aides in Buckingham, prompting the Palace to launch an investigation, though she denied the allegations. She also confessed to having suicidal thoughts during her first pregnancy.
“I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out,” Meghan said in the March 2021 interview, referring to the intense scrutiny she faced by the British press. “I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing.
I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered. But I knew that if I didn’t say it, I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
The Duchess said she went to the palace’s HR department for help to no avail, telling Oprah, “They said, ‘My heart goes out to you, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.'”
Meghan also claimed that a member of the royal family inquired about “how dark” her son Archie’s skin would be before he was born.
“That was relayed to me from Harry,” Meghan said of the remarks. “Those were conversations that family had with him,” Harry confirmed to Oprah that the conversation did take place but declined to reveal who made the remark.
But now, a year after that bombshell conversation with Oprah, Meghan can live life on her own terms. “I feel different. I feel clearer,” she told The Cut. “It’s like I’m finding—not finding my voice. I’ve had my voice for a long time, but being able to use it.”