Watch out: Prince William is ‘very upset’ about Prince Harry’s Oprah interview
It’s been two weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bared their souls on American television giving their side of the story of their time as senior royal kings.
From the statement that they were cut off, they were denied support when they needed it the most, and citing racist comments about their unborn child, the interview dropped several bombs on the royal family.
Much of what they said raised questions, and some of them remain unanswered for weeks.
Yahoo News UK is looking at what we still don’t know.
1. Who made a racist comment about how dark the skin of a baby from Sussex would be?
Although the Palace’s statement, sent on behalf of the Queen, mentions the issue of race as one of the worrying allegations, after two weeks, it is not clear who could have done it.
It is also still unclear what the context of the remark was and when exactly it was uttered.
Meghan first raised the issue as she sat one-on-one with Winfrey and seemed to suggest that conversations about how dark Archie’s skin would be took place at the same time as conversations about his safety and title.
But when Winfrey pressed Harry for it, he indicated that it was a conversation that took place before Harry and Meghan got married.
He asked Winfrey to make it clear after the interview that the comments had not come from the Queen or Prince Philip.
They said it was said by a family member, which makes Harry feel “uncomfortable”.
Read more: Interview with Harry and Meghan: Was Archie denied the royal title when he was born?
By not naming the person, the couple started the hunt to find out who said what and when.
Prince William defended his family as “very racist” during his first public engagement since the interview.
The family is doing work that reflects their multicultural values, and Charles and Camilla are working to improve the adoption of COVID-19 vaccines in communities with high levels of variability.
The truth about what happened may never fully come to light.
2. Who did Meghan approach in the palace for help when she felt suicidal?
Meghan claims she went to the palace for help after suffering suicidal thoughts in the fifth month of her pregnancy.
But it is still unclear from whom she sought help and why.
Meghan referred several times to the “institution,” which is unlikely to refer to family members, but to assistants and staff.
She said: “I went to the institution and said I had to seek help somewhere.
“I said I’ve never felt that way before and I have to go somewhere. I was told I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Meghan also referred to going to “one of the oldest people” with her worries.
She said: “I remember this conversation as if it was yesterday because they said,‘ My heart goes to you because I see how bad it is, but there is nothing we can do to protect you because you are not a paid employee of the institutions. ’This was not a choice. These were emails and pleas for help, saying very specifically “I am concerned about my mental well-being”.
“And people said, ‘Oh yes, yes, it’s disproportionate what we see there to anyone else,’ but nothing was ever done.” So we had to find a solution. ”
Harry has had advice and support for several years, so it’s not clear why Meghan is reportedly denied support.
It is not clear if family members were ever classified as “paid employees” at the institution or with whom Meghan went to talk or where there was another route to point out given that she is a family.
See: Meghan reveals that she had suicidal thoughts
3. What does the interview mean for the future of the royal family?
It might still be too early to see how much of an impact this will have on the remaining workers of the royal family and whether it will seriously damage their popularity.
The interview may have accelerated a generational division that could soon see the end of the monarchy.
The royal family has always been more popular with the older generations, and certainly the Queen maintains the highest level of popularity in the UK and among all age groups.
But Charles, her son and heir to the throne, does not enjoy the same levels, and this interview may not help either in the short or long term.
He saw a decline in popularity after the broadcast of the interview.
YouG’s statistics showed a decline in the fall of the monarchy in the 18-24 age group, from 42% to 37% between October 2020 and March 2021.
It could also affect their royal work. As noted by the Executive Director of the Republic Graham Smith, an interview can nullify the years of work of members of the royal family, especially when it comes to mental health.
Royal kings, especially the younger generation, spoke loudly about mental health and ending stigma.
So Meghan will say she didn’t get support to raise serious questions about how the palace works and whether the family practices what it preaches.
4. What about the allegations of violence against Meghan?
A few days before the broadcast broadcast, unnamed palace staff shared their complaints with The Times, claiming that Meghan had mistreated them, an allegation she denies.
The palace responded by promising to investigate, and its human resources department planned to ask anyone who wanted to talk to them about their time employed for Sussexes.
Since then, an external law firm has been established.
A full report on their findings is unlikely to be published, but information will be published through the Sovereign Grant report.
The annual report breaks down everything the royal family has spent in a year, taking into account staff costs, palace repair costs and travel costs.
But there is another section of the report on his work policies that has been largely reviewed. However, here the palace will share some of the results of this investigation – which means it will certainly be explored next time.
5. Is there more?
Winfrey revealed that the couple’s interview with her lasted a total of about three and a half hours.
And while the program that lasted March 7 was two hours long, that time included commercial breaks.
Winfrey shared some extra clips in the days after the broadcast, but surely there was still a lot left on the cuttings floor.
Over the weekend, Sunday People suggested that an agreement could be reached to show the rest of the footage in the UK.
With more than 49 million viewers worldwide, the program would almost certainly be popular.
However, it is likely that Winfrey’s production team has already taken advantage of the biggest claims from the interview.