Oprah shares 2 moments from her Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview that surprised her the most

Oprah Winfrey interviews Meghan and Harry
Oprah Winfrey spoke to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in an explosive new interview. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images
  • Oprah Winfrey told CBS that two moments in her Meghan and Harry interview surprised her.
  • The first moment was the “concerns” some of the royal family had about Archie’s skin tone.
  • The second was Meghan saying that she had had suicidal thoughts after joining the royal family.
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Oprah Winfrey said there were two moments in her exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that left her surprised.

Winfrey’s exclusive interview with the couple aired last night on CBS, and there have been a number of bombshell takeaways from the three hour and twenty-minute long interview that was edited down to just under an hour and a half.

“CBS This Morning” spoke to Winfrey following the interview and asked her if she was surprised by any of the revelations in the interview.

“I think the skin tone, the discussions about what color – what Archie’s skin tone would be. That surprised me,” Winfrey said. In Winfrey’s interview with Meghan and Harry, the couple said that there were members of the royal family who had “concerns and conversations” about Archie’s skin tone before he was born.

A clearly stunned Winfrey asked who had made those remarks, but the couple declined to say exactly who made those remarks. “I think that would be very damaging to them,” the Duchess of Sussex said.

Oprah on CBS This Morning
Oprah Winfrey (right) is interviewd by Gayle King on ‘.’ CBS This Morning

Winfrey told the CBS anchors that she was “surprised” that Meghan and Harry opened up and told them such a shocking detail. “Even I, guys, even I on the tape you could hear me go, ‘Woah.'”

The second segment of the interview that surprised Winfrey was Meghan telling her that she had had suicidal thoughts.

“That’s why I clarified, ‘were you just feeling badly, were you feeling sad, or were there actual suicidal ideation thoughts of harming yourself?’ That also really surprised me,” Winfrey said.

Meghan told Winfrey that she had previously had suicidal thoughts after joining the royal family, and said that she was “ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry.”

“But I knew that if I didn’t say it – then I would do it,” Meghan said. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

Meghan said that she tried to get help from the royal family regarding her mental health, which was suffering due to the brutal media storm surrounding her, but that “one of the most senior people” in the royal institution turned her away. This was her breaking point, she said.

Winfrey also said that she was surprised when Harry told her he felt “trapped.”

Harry told Winfrey that Meghan helped him realized how trapped he was. Winfrey asked how he felt trapped after living a life of “privilege” as a literal prince, but Harry clarified he was “trapped within the system,” and said that his family were, too.

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that,” Harry said.