Oprah fails to ask Meghan Markle anything about her family as she probes rift with the Royals in bombshell two-hour interview – but teases more to come tomorrow
- Oprah Winfrey grilled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their rift with the Royals in Sunday’s long-awaited interview
- She kept true to her promise to ask the tough questions, repeatedly pressing the couple to clarify their claims and offer specifics
- But Oprah failed to ask Meghan about her relationship with her own family, which has long been contentious
- Meghan did mention her estranged father Thomas Markle at one point and indicated that they are still not talking, saying that she ‘lost’ him
Oprah Winfrey grilled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their rift with the Royals in Sunday’s bombshell interview – but made no mention of drama within the duchess’s family.
The long-awaited interview produced a bevy of revelations about Meghan and Harry’s struggles with his family – including how she felt ‘silenced’, became suicidal during her pregnancy with their baby Archie and how an unnamed relative questioned how dark the boy’s skin would be.
Oprah kept true to her promise to ask the tough questions, repeatedly pressing the couple to clarify their claims and offer specifics.
But the talk show legend left one rather large stone un-turned as she failed to ask Meghan about her relationship with her own family, which has long been contentious.
Oprah Winfrey grilled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their rift with the Royals in Sunday’s bombshell interview – but made no mention of drama within the duchess’s family
Meghan has been open about her contentious relationship with her father, Thomas Markle (pictured together) in the past – but was not asked to address it in the Oprah interview
Meghan did bring up her estranged father Thomas Markle at one point and appeared to suggest that they still aren’t speaking.
‘I grieve a lot,’ she said as she reflected on the turmoil of the past few years.
‘I mean, I’ve lost my father. I lost a baby. I nearly lost my name. I mean, there’s the loss of identity.
‘But I’m still standing, and my hope for people in the takeaway from this is to know that there’s another side.’
Oprah declined to press Meghan on the bit about Thomas, who has railed against his daughter in the press on multiple occasions.
At the end of the two-hour program Oprah noted that it was impossible to fit everything in and said that more content would air Monday on CBS This Morning.
It’s possible that discussions of Meghan’s family could be included in the footage yet to air.
Meghan did bring up her estranged father Thomas at one point and indicated that they still aren’t speaking. ‘I grieve a lot,’ she said as she reflected on the turmoil of the past few years. ‘I mean, I’ve lost my father. I lost a baby. I nearly lost my name. I mean, there’s the loss of identity’
Meghan’s relationship with her father made headlines ahead of her wedding to Harry in 2018 when Thomas was accused of staging paparazzi photos in return for payment after claiming he was being ‘harassed’ by photographers.
Thomas ultimately did not attend the wedding, citing health reasons. But in the weeks that followed he made a number of media appearances where he opined the rift with his daughter and attacked her decision to marry into the Royal family.
Thomas, who lives in a coastal town in Mexico, has kept a low profile in recent months but emerged in February to congratulate his daughter after she announced that she and Harry are pregnant with their second child.
The Sun newspaper reported the duchess’s father as saying: ‘I wish Meghan and Harry a successful and healthy birth,’ Thomas said, according to The Sun.
‘And I hope some day I get to see my grandchildren. They’re all royal grandchildren.’
It came after Meghan won her High Court privacy claim against the Mail On Sunday over the publication of a ‘personal and private’ handwritten letter to Thomas.
Thomas had said he was prepared to give evidence against his daughter.
He told the Sun: ‘I don’t know how you can judge a case without getting testimony from witnesses. Witnesses that want to speak. I’m not the only one who wants to speak.’
Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle has also served as one of her loudest critics, repeatedly attacking the duchess for ‘turning her back’ on the family.
Samantha launched a fresh attack on Meghan in her autobiography released last month, titled: ‘The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister: A Memoir, Part One’.
The book heavily criticized Meghan for shunning her American relatives and cutting off their father Thomas.
It laid bare details of the Markle siblings’ upbringing, including the rivalry between Meghan and Samantha when their father was still married to the actress’s mother Doria Ragland.
She branded Prince Harry’s comment in an interview that the royals were the ‘family that Meghan never had’ as the ‘ultimate insult’.
Meghan was said to be ‘sick to her stomach’ when she first heard Samantha was writing the book.
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