The sit-down with Oprah was the first time the royal couple has been interviewed since they first stepped down as working royals in January 2020.
"It's really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege, in some ways, to be able to say yes, I'm ready to talk," Meghan told Oprah.
Meghan and Harry cited feeling unsupported as one of the reasons they decided to step down as working royals, while the negative tabloid coverage Meghan received "just because I was breathing" was also a contributing factor.
The former actress also dropped a major bomb when she revealed to Oprah that she felt suicidal and could not get help. She even felt conflicted about confiding in her husband. "I was really ashamed to say it at the time and a shame to have to admit it to Harry, especially because I know how much loss he suffered," Meghan shared. "But I knew that if I didn’t say it that I would do it. And I just didn’t, I just didn’t want to be alive anymore."
Meghan also insisted she was not the one who "calculated" Megxit. Instead, she said, she "left everything" to be with Harry with the intention of being working royals "forever."
The 39-year-old also claimed that the royal family did not want their son, Archie, to be a prince and without the title "he wasn’t going to receive security."
For his part, Harry talked about where he stands with his father, Prince Charles. "There is a lot to work through there," Harry said of his current relationship. "I feel really let down. He’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie is his grandson. I will always love him, but there is a lot of hurt that has happened."
While the Sussexes were cut off financially last year, Harry said he was able to afford security because his mother, Princess Diana, left money behind. The couple has also become financially independent and embarked on projects such as what is reported to be a $100 million Netflix deal. While CBS was said to have forked out more than $7 million to air the interview, Meghan and Harry were reportedly not paid to talk to the TV titan.
Scroll down to see celeb reactions to the interview:
Serena Williams stood up for her "selfless" friend, as she also knows firsthand "the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, break us down and demonize us."
Jada Pinkett Smith
"I don't know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that 'The Firm' is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us." - Princess Meghan 👏🏾👏🏾🗣— Matt James (@mattjames919) March 8, 2021
(“The Firm" is a common nickname for the royal family)
Jameela Jamil poked fun at the predicted press reaction to Meghan and Harry's interview.
Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light--they missed out on it.— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) March 8, 2021
Poet Amanda Gorman believes that Meghan was the British monarchy's "greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era."
"We see you, we support you, we got your back," Gabrielle Union told Meghan.
Bette Midler lashed out at Richard Grenell for dubbing Meghan "the classic American woke progressive."
I watched M & H sit down. Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless. I’m a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) March 8, 2021
Bethenny Frankel apologized for any role she may have played to "hurt or offend" as "emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless."
"She needs to speak her truth, that's wonderful," Leslie Jordan said on Instagram. "We got her back."