Oprah seemed genuinely shocked by the revelation: Meghan offering a second-hand account of conversations Harry had had with his family about the complexion of their then unborn first child.
During the two-hour prime-time interview with Oprah that aired Sunday on CBS, Meghan called them “concerns and conversations about the blackness of her skin.”
Harry had been involved in “several conversations” with “his family” on the subject, Meghan said.
“How dark is your baby going to be?” Oprah asked.
“Potentially,” Meghan said, “and what that would mean or look like.”
She declined to name anyone on the other side of the conversation: “I think it would be very damaging to them.”
“They were worried that if he was too dark, that would be a problem?” Oprah asked.
“I couldn’t explain why,” Meghan said, “but that – if that’s the assumption you’re making, I think it sounds pretty safe.”
In 2018, Meghan’s and Harry’s royal wedding with all attributes (more new ones, like a sermon by a Chicago-born black bishop) was heralded by many as a sign that the royals were on tiptoe towards modernization.
Why, Oprah had asked Meghan, had the royal family expressed its reluctance to finally grant Archie, the grandson of the future sovereign, the title of “prince”?
“Do you think it’s because of his race?” Oprah asked.
Meghan’s response left no doubt about her assessment.