On Sunday night, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a shocking tell-all interview about their live as royals. The next day, Oprah released some surprising additional clips from the interview that didn’t make the show.
In one of the clips, Meghan opened up about how she felt her privacy was invaded after Oprah suggested that dating a royal in general inevitably leads to a loss of privacy.
“I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic,” Meghan said in response, according to Entertainment Tonight. “We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect.”
“If you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your coworker says, ‘Oh, my gosh, your kid’s so cute. That’s fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?” she added. “You go, ‘No. This is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you.'”
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“And then if they double down and say, ‘No, but you already showed me that one. So you have to show me everything. You know what, I’m just gonna hire someone to sit in front of your house, or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy…because you shared one image with me,'” Meghan continued.
Meghan went on to say that she and her husband never expected total privacy. Instead, she claimed that they just wanted to share the parts of their lives that they were comfortable sharing with the word.
“They’ve created a false narrative. I’ve never talked about privacy,” Meghan said. “There’s no one who’s on Instagram or social media that would say, ‘Because I shared this one picture, that entitles you to have my entire camera roll. Go ahead and look through it.’ No one would want that. So it’s about boundaries. And it’s about respect.”
At another point in her interview, Meghan talked about how difficult it was for her to be in the British royal family.
“As an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is different than I think what people expect it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I’m ready to talk,” she said.
This piece was written by Mark Baker on March 9, 2021. It originally appeared in UpliftingToday and is used by permission.
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