Meghan Markle and Prince Harry informed their story to a worldwide viewers of tens of millions—this is how their allegations slot in a timeline with what we already knew.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused royal members of the family of racism and mentioned the palace prevented Meghan from getting skilled assist with suicidal emotions.
However, earlier than their interview was broadcast, their former palace workers introduced to gentle their very own allegations of bullying in opposition to Meghan sparking a evaluate by the very establishment the duchess sought to criticise.
Here is a timeline of the claims and counter claims.
- “He’s happier than he’s been for many years”—October, 2016
- “The past week has seen a line crossed”—November 8, 2016
- “That conversation, I’m never going to share”—Right in the beginning
- “He received on one knee”—November, 2017
- The Royal Wedding—May, 2018
- A private letter to her father—August, 2018
- “I’m very involved that the duchess was in a position to bully two PAs”—October, 2018
- Tears over a bridesmaids’ dress fitting—November, 2018
- “Duchess Difficult”—December, 2018
- “I simply did not need to be alive anymore”—January, 2019
- “She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken'”—February, 2019
- “In these months once I was pregnant”—before May, 2019
- “Not many people have asked if I’m OK”—October, 2019
- Time away from Britain—November, 2019
- “I might by no means blindside my grandmother”—January, 2020
- “My family literally cut me off financially”—April 2020
- “Recollections may vary”—March 2021
“He’s happier than he’s been for many years”—October, 2016
Meghan and Harry’s whirlwind romance is made public for the primary time on the entrance web page of U.Ok. newspaper the Sunday Express.
The story describes Harry as “besotted” and quotes a supply “close to the prince” saying: “He’s happier than he’s been for many years.”
“The past week has seen a line crossed”—November 8, 2016
Prince Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf releases a press release saying the prince has “has never been comfortable with” the “significant curiosity about his private life.”
He added: “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.
“But the previous week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been topic to a wave of abuse and harassment.
“Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
Prince Harry informed Oprah the royals mentioned how there was not going to be cash to pay for Meghan, and prompt she keep on performing.
This is identical time Harry suggests the incendiary remark was made concerning the shade of their unborn child’s pores and skin, although Meghan mentioned the comment as if it happened whereas she was pregnant.
The duke doesn’t say precisely when the discussions happened, nevertheless, Meghan didn’t hand over performing till their engagement announcement.
Describing the pores and skin tone remark, Harry informed Oprah: “That conversation, I’m never going to share. But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.
“That was proper in the beginning when she wasn’t going to get safety, when members of my household had been suggesting that she carries on performing as a result of there’s not sufficient cash to pay for her, and all this type of stuff.”
“He received on one knee”—November, 2017
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement with a BBC interview in which the prince said: “It occurred a number of weeks in the past, earlier this month, right here at our cottage; simply an ordinary typical night time for us.”
Meghan said: “Just a comfortable night time, it was—what we had been doing simply roasting hen.”
She added: “Trying to roast a hen and it simply—simply a tremendous shock, it was so candy and pure and very romantic. He received on one knee.”
The Royal Wedding—May, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan got married at St George’s Chapel on May 19, 2018, in a star-studded ceremony attended by Elton John, George Clooney and their future celebrity interviewer Oprah Winfrey.
This has since been confirmed to be an informal exchange of vows with the real legal wedding being the one watched around the world by millions.
Meghan also said Kate Middleton made her cry in the days before the big day during an argument over a bridesmaid’s dress for Princess Charlotte.
She said the Duchess of Cambridge apologized with a bunch of flowers, though none of that was known at the time.
The big public drama in the days leading up to the ceremony came when her father Thomas Markle was caught by the Mail on Sunday staging paparazzi pictures with photographer Jeff Rayner.
He then announced he would not go to the wedding via TMZ before confirming he suffered a heart attack and went to hospital for treatment.
A private letter to her father—August, 2018
Meghan and Thomas Markle have not spoken since the wedding but, following a series of interviews by her father, Meghan consults two senior members of the royal family for advice on how to handle the fallout.
Court filings from a privacy case she brought against the Mail on Sunday described how it was decided she would write him a letter begging him to stop talking to the media.
She enlisted the advice on the letter of both her husband and Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf.
“I’m very involved that the duchess was in a position to bully two PAs”—October, 2018
Meghan and Prince Harry tour Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over 16 days, announcing while away that Meghan is pregnant.
The tour would later be described to U.K. newspaper The Times as a point when tensions between the couple and their Kensington Palace aides reached fever pitch.
Later that month, Knauf emailed Prince William‘s personal secretary, then Simon Case, to declare Meghan had bullied two PAs out of the royal family.
Knauf wrote: “I am very concerned that the duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year.
“The remedy of X [name removed] was completely unacceptable.”
Tears over a bridesmaids’ dress fitting—November, 2018
The Daily Telegraph reported that Meghan had made Kate cry in the days before the royal wedding, in the first report to emerge of the notorious argument over Charlotte’s dress.
The story was followed up on the front page of The Sun and described by Meghan to Oprah as a turning point.
Earlier that month, another story in The Sun described an argument about which tiara Queen Elizabeth II would lend Meghan on her wedding day.
Biography Finding Freedom, published last summer, would later suggest the dispute was not over which tiara but over whether Meghan’s New York stylist could see her wearing it for a hair trial ahead of the ceremony.
“Duchess Difficult”—December, 2018
Meghan was described as “Duchess Difficult” in a headline for a Sunday Times story detailing how she was to lose two close aides, private secretary Samantha Cohen and PA Melissa Touabti.
The press would later report on further staff leaving Kensington Palace as speculation began to grow in the media that all was not well between Meghan, Harry and their staff.
“I simply did not need to be alive anymore”—January, 2019
Meghan told Oprah about suicidal feelings triggered by negative reports in the media, saying: “I simply did not need to be alive anymore.”
She said she told Harry about her mental health crisis before an event at the Royal Albert Hall, a premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, on January 16, 2019.
Meghan told Oprah how Prince Harry had considered going by himself but she was scared to be left alone.
The duchess said: “Every time these lights went down in that royal field, I used to be simply weeping,” she explained.
“[Harry] was gripping my hand and it was ‘Okay an intermission’s coming, the lights are about to come on, everyone’s looking at us again’ and you had to just be ‘on’ again.”
She added: “You have no idea what’s going on for someone behind closed doors. You’ve no idea.
“Even the people who smile the most important smiles and shine the brightest lights, it appears.”
Meghan described how she asked the palace for permission to go to an institution to get help with her mental health problems and was told she could not because it would make the monarchy look bad.
“She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken'”—February, 2019
Five of Meghan’s closest associates give nameless interviews to People journal praising the duchess and saying she has been unfairly criticized.
One describes the letter Meghan wrote her father Thomas Markle within the months after the marriage wherein she informed him he had damaged her coronary heart by coping with the media.
Headlined “The Truth About Meghan Markle’s Dad — and the Letter She Wrote Him After the Wedding,” the story quotes the good friend saying: “After the wedding she wrote him a letter.
“She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I really like you. I’ve one father. Please cease victimizing me via the media so we will restore our relationship.'”
Markle Sr then gives the letter to the Mail on Sunday along with an interview in which he says he was expecting the handwritten note to be an olive branch but found it to be a dagger to the heart.
“In these months once I was pregnant”—before May, 2019
Meghan gives birth to baby Archie at a private hospital in London on May 6, 2019.
She told Oprah that at some point prior to the birth there were conversations about denying her son the title prince.
The duchess said: “In these months once I was pregnant, throughout this identical time, so we [had] the dialog of he will not be given safety, he is not going to be given a title.
“And, also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Prince Harry positioned the dialog about pores and skin shade “right at the beginning.”
“Not many people have asked if I’m OK”—October, 2019
Meghan and Harry tour South Africa with their son Archie who meets Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
While overseas, it’s introduced Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing the letter she despatched her father within the months after the breakdown of their relationship.
The couple additionally gave interviews to ITV journalist Tom Bradby wherein Harry acknowledged a rift together with his brother Prince William for the primary time.
He mentioned: “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
“But look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.”
Bradby additionally famously requested Meghan how she was coping. The Duchess replied: “Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging.
“And then when you might have a new child—you recognize. And particularly as a girl, it is lots.
“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed.
“And, additionally thanks for asking, as a result of not many individuals have requested if I’m OK.”
Time away from Britain—November, 2019
The couple go to Canada to spend some time away from Britain over Christmas and New Year.
While there, the couple begin negotiations with the royal family about quitting royal duties.
The prince told Oprah: “That announcement that we put out on the eighth of January in 2020, that was the content material of that was put in a letter to the establishment, to my father, which was then shared on the finish of December whereas we had been in Canada.”
“I might by no means blindside my grandmother”—January, 2020
Meghan and Harry’s royal exit plans are published in The Sun after a leak and the couple follow up on January 8 by announcing their roadmap out of the royal family on their new Sussex Royal website.
British newspapers reported the move blindsided the queen while Finding Freedom later suggested Elizabeth was left “devastated.”
However, Harry told Oprah: “No, I might by no means blindside my grandmother, I’ve an excessive amount of respect for her.”
“My family literally cut me off financially”—April 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan start their new lives in America however from the beginning of April they obtain no extra money from the royals.
The prince informed Oprah they minimize him off and the couple had been solely in a position to pursue their new association due to the cash he inherited from his mom Princess Diana.
Harry mentioned: “My family literally cut me off financially.”
“Recollections may vary”—March 2021
Meghan and Harry speak to Oprah about their experiences of royal life after a whirlwind 12 months wherein they signed multi-year Netflix and Spotify offers.
Days earlier than the interview airs, their former palace workers inform British newspaper The Times they had been bullied by the couple.
Buckingham Palace pronounces a evaluate of the allegations to set up any classes for the long run, with the consequence to be revealed within the Sovereign Grant report.
The subsequent day, Oprah goes on CBS This Morning to say Harry and Meghan confirmed the racism allegation didn’t relate to the queen or her husband Prince Philip, who was unwell in hospital on the time.
Two days after the interview, Buckingham Palace makes its first assertion in response, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
It learn: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The points raised, significantly that of race, are regarding. While some recollections might range, they’re taken very critically and can be addressed by the household privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Prince William later mentioned when requested by a journalist: “We are very much not a racist family.”