Meghan Markle ‘hinted’ at Royal Family exit and telling her side of the story in past interview

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020
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Meghan Markle’s could have 'hinted' at the idea of her and Prince Harry's royal exit and telling their side of the story before the couple did their “tell-all” Oprah interview.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have felt more comfortable speaking out about their lives in the spotlight after stepping back (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family last year. Now settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab) and expecting their second child (opens in new tab), the couple left royal fans stunned after their “tell-all” interview with Oprah Winfrey aired. 

The Sussexes went on to make several astonishing revelations, including Meghan’s claim that an unnamed royal commented on her son Archie’s skin colour (opens in new tab) before he was born. Whilst Harry described his father and brother as “trapped” in the institution.

The interview sent shockwaves through the Royal Family and the Queen shared a considered statement (opens in new tab) in response.   

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During the interview, Meghan was also asked about how the Royal Family would feel about her and Harry discussing them in such a public way. She replied: “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 (opens in new tab) is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”

This remarkable special was the first time she and Prince Harry had opened up about royal life in this way. Though it seems that Meghan possibly 'hinted' in the past that she might one day speak out. 

In a past interview with Vanity Fair early on in her relationship with Harry, Meghan suggested there might be a time where they had “stories to tell”.

“We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time," she explained.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England

Even back then, Meghan indicated her desire to maintain a strong level of privacy. This is something she and Harry have previously said they want for their family. According to the couple, the intense media scrutiny Meghan experienced contributed heavily to their decision to move to the US and step back.

The Duchess of Sussex's words about having “stories to tell” and coming “forward” were of course in reference to their early romance.

However, they could also be seen to show that she was open to the idea of starting an honest, open conversation about their life together in the future. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.