In an interview with BBC World News, Prince Albert II of Monaco gave his take on the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying he found their “public display of dissatisfaction” inappropriate.
“It’s very difficult to be in someone’s place,” he told the BBC’s Yalda Hakim on Thursday. “I can understand the pressure that they were under.”
But the prince said he believes “these types of conversations should be held within the intimate quarters of the family” adding that “it doesn’t really have to be laid out in the public sphere like that.”
“It did bother me a little bit,” he said. “I can understand where they’re coming from in a certain way, but I think it wasn’t the appropriate forum to be able to have these kinds of discussions.”
As for Harry, Albert said he wishes him the best in his life outside of the royal family.
“It’s a difficult world out there, and I hope that he can have the judgment and wisdom to make the right choices,” he said.
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Two of the most significant allegations Meghan made during the couple’s interview with Winfrey concerned the palace’s alleged indifference to her mental health struggles as well as her claim that unnamed palace officials expressed “concern” over “how dark” their son Archie’s skin would be while she was pregnant.
“I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Meghan said during the interview, tearing up. “I was ashamed to admit it to Harry, but I knew if I didn’t say it, I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. It was clear, it was real, it was frightening, and it was a constant thought.”
If you or someone you know may be struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.
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