The shockwaves are still reverberating among royalty watchers worldwide from an explosive new interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, given to Oprah Winfrey on March 7th, which ranged from accusations of Palace racism to revelations of thoughts of suicide. Shades of Princess Diana! When I first profiled Meghan at the announcement of their engagement, I noted that her birth occurred within a week of Harry’s parents’ marriage, and mirrored much of the challenges of that union, as though the cosmos wanted a re-do, but the danger was that history might repeat itself.
And that, in a nutshell, was the reason Harry gave for the couple’s so-called “Megxit”, their stepping back from a public role as lead royals in 2020. Their exodus, first to Canada and then to LA, has been largely a private affair, but fraught with implication and inuendo simmering just under the surface. The lid is off the pot now, and what’s bubbling out is more than a bit disturbing!
Meghan began the interview with Oprah alone, joined about halfway through by Harry. The Duchess talked about feeling “trapped” and betrayed by “The Firm”, as the close-knit Royal Family is known, creating feelings of helplessness which caused her to feel as if she “no longer wanted to live”. Initially welcomed with open arms, the Palace began to turn frosty shortly after the wedding, refusing to deny tabloid rumormongering about such issues as the relationship between Meghan and sister-in-law Kate, and even endorsing lies and half-truths in an effort to bolster the heir’s image while tarring hers.
Meghan’s confidence that she pleaded for professional help with her suicidal depression, but was refused, was bad enough. Then the bombshell came, with the revelation that, after her first pregnancy, conversations were had with senior royals about the skin tone the child might have. Meghan of course is of mixed race, with a White father and a Black mother, and is herself light-skinned; there seems to have been concern that the future Archie might revert genetically, and be rather darker. Both Meghan and Harry refused to name the family member who posed the question, but Oprah later revealed they had told her it was not the Queen or Prince Philip, which somewhat narrows the list of suspects.
More subtle racism abounds, in the decision by the Palace not to term their children “Prince” or “Princess”, a title automatically granted to the grandchildren of the Sovereign; as well, Archie would not be given a title. Although technically Archie and soon-to-be sister are great-grandchildren of Elizabeth II, not grandchildren, this honorific was conferred on big brother William’s children, who stand in the same family relationship to Granny Queen.
Similarly, after making the decision to remove his family from the unsupportive atmosphere of The Firm, Harry was shocked to learn that security would be withdrawn, and the family also cut them off financially (though Harry does have a considerable inheritance from his mother, the late Princess Diana). At one point, his father, Prince Charles, even stopped taking his calls!
Less than a week before the interview aired, perhaps as an abortive PR strike, the Palace announced an investigation would be opened into allegations that Meghan had bullied staff members at her Kensington apartments, driving two from her service. Several days after the airing, Buckingham Palace responded: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.” Note the implication that the family was not aware of their distress (specifically contradicted by the Sussex’s declarations that they sought the family’s help); that the racist conversations may have been misconstrued; and that the issue will be addressed “privately”, as opposed to the open investigation of Meghan’s alleged bullying.
A chart cast for the interview well represents the predominant themes raised. We’ll be using asteroid Henry for Harry (his given first name), Meghanarao and Meghanshea for Meghan (two compound-name asteroids which have tracked well for her in the past), and Archibald for Archie (though the nickname version is actually his given first name). Unfortunately, there is nothing whatsoever approximating Oprah Winfrey, and so she departs this chronicle.
The Sun at 17 Pisces conjoins both Venus at 12 and Neptune at 20 Pisces – a woman (Venus) in the spotlight (Sun), seeking sympathy and exposing deception (both Neptune). That this was predominantly Meghan’s interview is betokened by asteroid Meghanshea at 23 Aquarius conjoined mouthpiece Mercury at 19 Aquarius: it is she who is speaking for the couple. Meghanshea closely squares Meghanarao at 22 Taurus, with asteroid Duke on their midpoint at 9 Aries, semisquare to each, establishing Duchess Meghan’s title.
Asteroid Henry conjoins Duke from 13 Aries, nominating Harry as Duke of Sussex, and is squared to both asteroid Charlotte at 16 Capricorn (for father Charles) and asteroid Diana at 10 Capricorn (for his mother), exposing both the tension (square) he is experiencing with his father, and his concern that his mother’s history may be repeating itself with his wife. Prince Harry stepping out on his own to protect and defend his family, owning his personal power, and declaring his independence is reflected in asteroid Prinz (homophone of “Prince”) at 29 Cancer, opposing Pluto at 26 Capricorn.
The racism theme is apparent from asteroid Brown at 12 Sagittarius, exactly squared Venus with the Sun, and asteroid Black at 28 Libra, sesquiquadrate the Sun/Venus conjunction. This suggests a focus (Sun) on values (Venus) as it relates to people of color (Black, Brown). Black is also at station, having turned retrograde at that degree on February 27th, barely a week before the interview, making race an embedded factor in the time. Also at station are asteroids Arachne at 6 Scorpio (which turned retro on the 28th), symbolizing the issue of suicide and feeling trapped (Arachne hanged herself in chagrin after losing a weaving contest to Athena, and also symbolizes enmeshment or capture, trapped in the spider’s web); and Hera at 6 Cancer, which turned direct on February 22nd, symbolizing marriage and family connections, all central issues covered in the interview.
Perhaps most stand-out in symbolism is the exact conjunction of asteroids Child and Schwarz at 25 Pisces, still within orb of the Sun, which squares asteroid Archibald at 22 Sagittarius. Schwarz is German for “black”, and the discussions about a black child named Archie formed the most explosive content of the interview, quickly becoming its most visible (Sun) element.
Even the allegations of bullying on the part of Meghan are present, in the form of asteroid Toro at 27 Libra, noted for aggressive, bullying behaviors, conjunct Black and trine Meghanshea, inconjunct Meghanarao.
Additional signatures of royalty in the crosshairs include asteroid Rey (Spanish for “king”) at 27 Aries, opposing Black with asteroid Queen’s at 21 Libra and T-squared Pluto, reflecting the scandal (Pluto) of royal (Rey/Queen’s) racism (Black); asteroid King at 25 Sagittarius conjunct Archibald and on the Galactic Center at 27 Sag (bringing global attention to the issue of royal attitudes towards Archie), exactly squared Child/Schwarz (was it King-in-waiting Daddy Charles who posed the question?); and asteroid Regina (Latin for “queen”) at 25 Taurus, conjunct Meghanarao and exactly sextile Child/Schwarz, suggesting Elizabeth II’s (Regina) identification with (conjunction) Meghan (Meghanarao) and at least soft support (sextile) for her mixed race child (Child/Schwarz).
Controversy and harsh criticism regarding the UK and its Royal Family in general is displayed in a union of Uranus with TNO Albion, an ancient name for Britain, at 7 and 9 Taurus, squared by reproachful, disapproving Saturn at 9 Aquarius. Indeed, public comment has been largely negative toward the presumed racism within the family, with the tabloids turning up the heat on the Royals in this latest opportunity to make waves and sell papers.
Will the ripples from this interview magnify as they spread across the pond from America to Britain, possibly swamping the House of Windsor? Unlikely, but choppy seas for a while seem certain for the Royal Family.