Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world with multiple dramatic revelations in their recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. The couple opened up for the first time about what life was really like with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, gave an inside look at the realities of the British monarchy, responded to the bad press in the British tabloids surrounding the couple from Day 1, and the struggles Prince Harry is having with his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William. But the one silver lining is that the couple is managing to build a happy life together away from all of the pressures of Buckingham Palace and the various members of the royal family. In their March 7 tell-all Oprah interview that aired on CBS, they gave a small glimpse of their new home in Santa Barbara, California that couldn't be more different from royal life.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that in their current home, they have rescue chickens that they saved from a nearby factory farm. The chickens are living in a chicken coop named "Archie's Chick Inn" as a nod to their son Archie. The couple showed Oprah around their new estate, casually dressed in blue jeans. They admitted that what's important to them is to "live authentically" in their new home in North America. It seems like the perfect setting to welcome their second child later this year, a baby girl.
"This kind of stuff is so basic, but it's really fulfilling and about getting back to basics" Meghan explained.
Once they changed locations for the formal sit-down, the couple started laying out some serious bombshells for Oprah. The Duchess explained that she had been having mental health issues as a result of her life in London, living with the British royal family, and all of her royal duties. She apparently even had to hand over her driver's license and passport. She even had a very formal sit down with the queen during their first meeting that required a curtsy.
"I was really ashamed to say it at the time, and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn't say it, that I would do it - and I just didn't want to be alive anymore" she admitted.
Ultimately, Prince Harry was ready to leave because he didn't want history repeating itself, nodding to everything that happened to his mother Princess Diana. Just watch the current season of The Crown on Netflix to get a glimpse of everything she had to deal with during her time as a royal. After Meghan was having suicidal thoughts, along with senior members of the royal family being concerned about what their son's skin color would look like when he was born, enough was enough. The palace even allowed bad press about Meghan to run leading up to the royal wedding when it technically should have been about Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
As of last year, Prince Harry has formally been cut off financially from his family. He has his inheritance left to him by his late mother and Meghan has what she earned from her past career in Hollywood. The couple has also recently signed deals with Spotify and Netflix as a way to support their growing family.