Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year was one of the most searched-for things of 2021, according to search giants Google.
Google has just published its annual “Year in Search” chart for the past 12 months, revealing that the televised two-hour sit-down dominated search traffic for March and was the most searched-for interview of the year.
The interview turned the long-simmering disagreements between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal Family into a dramatic public row, with allegations of racism and a feud between Meghan and Kate Middleton.
Meghan dismissed a widely-reported story that she had made the Kate cry before her wedding to Harry, describing the reports as a turning point in her relationship with the media. Asked if she made Kate cry, she replied: “The reverse happened.”
Meghan also revealed that she had suffered a mental health crisis before she and Harry withdrew from frontline royal duties.
“I just didn’t want to be alive any more,” she said. “And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how [Harry] just cradled me.”
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The Duchess added that she had reached out to the palace for help and was refused.
“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.”
Harry said he was aware of Meghan’s issue, but chose not to discuss them with other family members. "That's just not a conversation that would be had," he said. "I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them … For the family, they very much have this mentality of: This is how it is.”
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Some insiders were reportedly concerned that Meghan and Harry “could have burned their bridges by failing to tell family members what was in the two-hour chat before it was shown."
And some commentators thought the interview might come back to haunt Meghan if she does eventually launch her predicted political career.
GB News journalist Nana Akua was just one to complain about “inaccuracies” in Meghan’s statements during the interview.
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