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5 questions that still haven't been answered after Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·6-min read

Watch: Prince William 'very upset' about Prince Harry's Oprah interview

It's been two weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bared their souls to Oprah Winfrey on American television to give their side of the story of their time as senior royals.

From saying they had been cut off and denied support when they needed it most, to alleging racist comments were made about their unborn child, they used the interview to drop multiple bombshells on the Royal Family.

Much of what they said raised questions, some of which remain unanswered.

Yahoo News UK looks at what we still don't know.

1. Who made the racist comment about how dark their baby’s skin would be?

While the Palace statement in response to the interview, sent on behalf of the Queen, mentioned this issue as a concerning allegation, two weeks on, it's no clearer who may have made the comment.

It's also still unclear what the context of the remark was and exactly when it was said.

Meghan raised the issue first as she sat down one-on-one with Winfrey, and appeared to suggest conversations about how dark Archie's skin would be were happening at the same time as talks about his security and title.

But when Winfrey pressed Harry about it, he indicated it was one conversation and took place before Harry and Meghan were married.

He asked Winfrey to make it clear after the interview that the comments did not come from the Queen or Prince Philip.

They did say it was a family member who made the remark, which left Harry feeling "awkward".

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan haven't said who made the comment, and it's not clear when it happened. (Dominic Lipinski/AFP)

Read more: Harry and Meghan interview: Was Archie denied a royal title when he was born?

In not naming the person, the couple sparked a hunt to find out who said what and when.

Prince William defended his family as "very much not racist" during his first public engagement since the interview.

And the family have been carrying out work that reflects multicultural values, with Charles and Camilla working to improve COVID-vaccine uptake in communities with high levels of hesitancy.

The truth of what happened may never fully come out.

2. Who did Meghan approach in the Palace for help when feeling suicidal?

Meghan has claimed she went to the Palace for help after suffering suicidal thoughts when she was five months pregnant.

But it's still not clear who she asked for help and why.

Meghan referred several times to the "institution", which is unlikely to refer to the family members, but to the aides and staff.

She said: "I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help.

"I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Meghan also referred to going to "one of the most senior people" with her concerns.

She said: "I remember this conversation like it was yesterday, because they said, ‘My heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.’ This wasn’t a choice. This was emails and begging for help, saying very specifically, ‘I am concerned for my mental welfare.'

“And people were like, ‘Oh yes, yes, it’s disproportionately terrible what we see out there to anyone else,' but nothing was ever done. So we had to find a solution.”

Harry has had counselling and support for several years, so it is not clear why Meghan was allegedly denied support.

It's not clear if family members are ever classed as "paid employees" of the institution, or who Meghan went to speak to, or whether there was another route she should have been pointed down, given she is family.

Watch: Meghan reveals she had suicidal thoughts

3. What does the interview mean for the future of the Royal Family?

It might still be too soon to see how big an impact this will have on the remaining working royals, and whether it will present serious damage to their popularity.

The interview might have sped up a generational divide that could see the end of the monarchy before long.

The Royal Family have always been more popular with older generations, and certainly the Queen maintains the highest level of popularity in the UK and among all age groups.

But Charles, her son and heir to the throne, doesn't enjoy the same popularity, and this interview might not help that, in the short or long term.

He saw a dip in his popularity after the interview aired.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge  and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge listen during a discussion with teachers and mental health professionals at a visit to School21 following its re-opening after the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in east London on March 11, 2021. - The visit coincides with the roll-out of Mentally Healthy Schools resources for secondary schools and how this is helping put mental health at the heart of their schools curriculum. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
William had to face questions about his family in the wake of the interview during a trip to a school in London in March. (Justin TallisAFP)

YouGov stats showed support falling for the monarchy in the 18- to 24-year-old age group, down from 42% in October 2020 to 37% in March 2021.

It could also affect their royal work. As Republic chief executive Graham Smith noted, the interview has the potential to undo years of work by members of the Royal Family, particularly when it comes to mental health.

The royals, the younger generation in particular, have been vocal about mental health and ending the stigma around it.

So for Meghan to say she did not get support raises serious questions about how the Palace operates and whether the family practise what they preach.

4. What about allegations of bullying against Meghan?

Days before the interview aired, unnamed former Palace staff shared their grievances with The Times, claiming they were bullied by Meghan, an allegation she denies.

The Palace responded by pledging to investigate, with its HR department planning to ask anyone who wishes to discuss their time working for the Sussexes with them.

An external legal firm has since been drafted in too.

There is unlikely to be a full report about their findings released, but information will be made public through the Sovereign Grant report.

The annual report breaks down everything the Royal Family has spent in a year, looking at staffing costs, palace reparation costs and costs of travel.

But there's another section of the report about its work policies which has largely been looked over previously. However, this is where the Palace will share some of the results of this investigation – meaning it's sure to be pored over next time.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: In this screengrab released on December 19th Oprah Winfrey during Global Citizen Prize Awards Special Honoring Changemakers In 2020 Shaping The World We Want on December 19, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Has Oprah Winfrey, here in December 2020, got more of the interview to put out? (Getty Images for Global Citizen)

5. Is there more to come?

Winfrey revealed that the couple's interview with her was close to three and a half hours long in total.

And while the programme which ran on 7 March was two hours long, that time included commercial breaks.

Winfrey shared some additional clips in the days after the broadcast, but there's certainly much more on the cutting-room floor.

Over the weekend, the Sunday People suggested a deal could be done to show the rest of the footage in the UK.

With more than 49 million viewers of the programme worldwide, it would almost certainly be popular.

However, it's likely Winfrey's production team has made use of the biggest claims of the interview already.