Facts and Fallacies

Insight on the Meghan and Harry sit down

Gabriel Donaghy, Staff Writer

Boy, has this interview been stirring up drama this past couple of weeks; even more so than the drama that already existed. 

If you do not know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down to have an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her show “Super Soul Sunday.” They told their side of the story on why they moved out of England and left the Royal Family. Now, if you do not know who they are and want to know what all this drama is about, let me give you a brief summary. 

Back in 2016, Prince Harry of the British Royal Family went on a blind date with American actress Meghan Markle. After that, they dated for four months before news finally leaked out, leaving mixed reactions from the press. Some praised the relationship for helping Harry be happy and others scrutinized the relationship by questioning Meghan’s motives.

This chain of events would only continue with the British Press calling out every little mistake or choice made by Meghan: from her wardrobe choices, how she sits, closing a door, being pregnant, eating avocado, and many more outlandish outraged headlines.

So, that is about all really you need to know before we get into the interview. Let’s cover some of the main points of the interview and discuss what is right and what is wrong or what is just unconfirmed and left up in the air.

FACT: Meghan Markle did not make Kate Middleton cry

The tabloids that published this had no base evidence for this at all, not one solid source, but they still ran with it and published this slanderous article. 

“The opposite actually happened…but later she owned it and came and apologized to me with flowers,” Markle said. It was not long after the interview came out and this was said that the British Media published headlines stating, “Meghan Markle slams door in Kate’s face when she offers apologetic flowers.” Honestly, it just seems like they are trying to make a drama out of anything since they are not sticking to their guns with their original stance and instead are trying to play off Markle’s side of it even though it contradicts their own story. 

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FALLACY: Meghan Markle “knew nothing of the Royal Family”

The now-deleted webpage where Meghan Markle pondered on “the obsession”

Ok, this one may not seem like such a big deal, but it is a pretty important fallacy to be pointed out, whether if it was just a poor choice of words or left out on purpose, the statement Markle made in the interview to Oprah, that she knew nothing of the Royal Family, is not true. In her now-deleted blog page, “The Tig”, she wrote about how “Little girls dream of being princesses” and her musings on how she wanted to be like She-Ra, Princess of Power.

“Grown women seem to retain this childhood fantasy. Just look at the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal wedding and endless conversation about Princess Kate,” Markle said. Now this is not to say that she lied, she may have just forgotten or simply did not care about the Royal Family’s affairs but instead wanted to find a good way to yet again segway into the topic of her blog post which was referencing her meeting an entirely different Princess, but I think it is an important detail that should be pointed out.

 

FALLACY: Meghan and Harry got married three days before the actual wedding ceremony

 

“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that,” Markle said during the interview. “The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

 

The wedding certificate confirming the officialization on the actual day of the wedding and not 3 days beforehand. (PC: The Sun)

This is not the case, for several reasons, the first of which is that to have a legal marriage in the United Kingdom, you need to have a witness present, which according to the quote itself, they did not. Nor did they have the legal documents required to have a marriage, the one they do have was certified on the date of the public wedding (seen below).

Another important detail to add is that according to Rev. Mark Edwards, a C of E priest from Newcastle said, “When I called Lambeth Palace to ask about this, I was told ‘Justin (Welbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury) doesn’t do private weddings.’ Meghan doesn’t understand.” The Archbishop also refuses to take any comments down about this either, which in itself is suspicious, likely due to if this did happen, he would not only have broken the law but participated in a fake royal wedding in front of the titular head of the Church of England, the Queen. 

 

In the end, it is their life and they are the ones in control of it, but since it is on stage, as of now, for the whole world to see with this interview, I hope that I was able to sort through a bit of the clutter and bring you as much of the truth as possible.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to do a podcast on Spotify. Here's what we know about it - ABC News