Exiled royal Meghan Markle was back on Monday, accusing the Royal Family of cruel treatment and saying how “happy” she was to leave her enchanted life in the UK.
Here, The Post shares key takeaways from the candid encounter with New York Magazine’s The Cut – held at Markle and her prince’s $14.65 million mansion in Montecito, California.
‘Happy’ to be leaving royal life behind
“Just by existing, we upset the dynamics of the hierarchy. So we’re like, ‘Okay, okay, let’s get out of here. Happy with,” the “Suits” actress recalled her and husband Prince Harry’s decision to flee the UK and high royalty.
All they wanted was permission to live a comfortable life somewhere in the Commonwealth and the freedom to make their own wealth.
“That, for some reason, is not something we were allowed to do, even though several other family members do exactly that,” she complained, without citing examples.
They “lost” their two families
“Harry said to me, ‘I lost my father in this process,'” Markle said of the UK’s heir apparent, Prince Charles, who stopped talking to his youngest son.
“It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but it’s her decision,” Markle added, comparing it to her own split with her father, Thomas Markle.
The family rift made her rare trip to the UK this summer “bittersweet”, she said, “knowing that none of it had to be that way”.
Losing his Instagram and the ‘N-word‘
“Do you want to know a secret? I’m back… on Instagram,” Markle said in the interview, suggesting it was huge news after having to give up her personal account under the control of the royal family.
Worse, she had been forced to watch her historic moments shared with the world via the press, rather than for likes among her 3 million followers.
“Why would I give the very people who call my kids the N-word a picture of my child before I can share it with the people who love my child?” she asked, without any explanation of who exactly had used the slur.
“You tell me how it makes sense and then I’ll play this game.”
As important as Mandela’s release
Markle claimed a South African cast member of ‘The Lion King’ dumped her at a 2019 premiere.
“He said, ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same way we did when [Nelson] Mandela was released from prison,’” she recalls.
She is still a model “princess”
“Even with the Oprah interview, I was aware that there were little girls that I was meeting and they were like, ‘Oh my God, she’s a real princess,'” Markle said, referring to the explosive scene. – with Oprah last year during which she opened up about her life as a royal.
“I look at them all and think, ‘You have within you the power to create a life greater than any fairy tale you’ve ever read.’ … You may face what might seem like the biggest hurdle, and then you may find happiness again.
She thought she could ‘act’ royally
“I was an actress,” the former TV actress said. “All my work was ‘Tell me where to stand. Tell me what to say. Tell me how to say it. Tell me what to wear, and I’ll do it.
Now she wishes she had paid attention to movies about royal romances gone wrong.
“Yeah. That would have been really helpful. That would have been a really important tutorial to have before all of this,” she said.
She’s only just begun
“I feel different. I feel clearer. It’s as if I found — I couldn’t find my voice. I’ve had my voice for a long time, but I can use it,’ she said of her new podcast, which she also uses to hit on the royals.
“It’s interesting, I’ve never had to sign anything that stops me from speaking… I can speak about all my experience and make the choice not to,” she said, claiming she was holding back because she was “still healing”.
“I’m so excited to talk,” she told The Cut.
Forgiveness ‘takes a lot of effort’
“I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy not to forgive… But it takes a lot of effort to forgive,” she said.
“I really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything…I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like it? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song,” she said.
Searching for their dream home while ‘out of work’
“We didn’t have a job, so we just weren’t going to come and see this house. It wasn’t possible… It’s like when I was younger and you were window shopping — it’s like, “I don’t want to go see all the things that I can’t afford. It doesn’t feel good.'”
Then, the famous couple landed Spotify and Netflix deals, for $25 million and $100 million, respectively.
From now on, the dream house brings “joy… and calm.
“It’s healing. You feel free,” Markle said of the sprawling property.
Their Netflix Love Story‘
Markle also discussed her and Harry’s upcoming Netflix docu-series, describing it as a look at “our love affair”.
“The piece of my life that I couldn’t share, that people couldn’t see, was our love story.
“I hope that’s the feeling people get when they see the content or the projects we’re working on,” she said of Harry. “We are like salt and pepper. We always move forward together.
Still, she declined to explain how that made her different from a reality show.
“I’m not trying to be suspicious,” she insisted. “When the media has shaped the story around you, it’s really nice to be able to tell your own story.”
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