A move to Mzansi? Meghan drops new bombshells in interview
Whilst 'Voetsek Meghan' may be trending on South African Twitter, the royal revealed she once considered a move to the country.
Meghan Markle has been vocal in recent weeks following the release of her podcast and exclusive interview with The Cut…so much so that she’s managed to offend many South Africans and kickstart the Twitter hashtag “Voetsek Meghan”.
In her new Spotify podcast series Archetypes, Meghan has spoken about having to continue royal duties during a SA trip, despite her son Archie being in a “fire scare”.
She’s also spoken about growing up biracial and how she was only ever “treated as a black woman” after marrying Prince Harry in 2018.
But in her latest commentary – an interview with The Cut published on Monday 29 August – Meghan shares interesting new details about her high-profile life.
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Return to Instagram
“I’m getting back … on Instagram…Especially now, with Archetypes coming out”, she said.
Since marrying into the Royal Family in 2018, the former actress had to give up her social media platforms as well as other freedoms like driving, opening her own mail, and handing over her passport.
Meghan and Harry’s kids called the “N-word”
Meghan revealed that British media had not only been unkind to her but her children with Prince Harry.
She said: “Why would I give the very people that are calling my children the N-word a photo of my child before I can share it with the people that love my child?”
She added: “You tell me how that makes sense and then I’ll play that game.”
Moving to SA?
At the height of Meghan and Harry’s unhappiness with life in the Royal Family, the couple thought about fleeing to “basically any commonwealth, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa”.
She added: “Anything to just … because just by existing, we were upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy. So we go, ‘Okay, fine, let’s get out of here. Happy to’ ”.
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A bizarre comparison to Nelson Mandela
While Meghan did not make the comparison herself, she did relay the words that had South Africans – including Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla – fuming.
In the interview, Meghan claimed that whilst at the 2019 Lion King premiere in London, one of the production cast members approached her and revealed how South Africans had “likened” her royal wedding to a historically significant moment in the country.
She said: “He looked at me, and he’s just like light. He said, ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same we did when Mandela was freed from prison”.
A reality show about their royal romance?
According to The Cut interviewer, when questioned about having a reality TV series on the cards, Meghan responded with “half-answers shrouded in winks, codes, and redirection”.
Meghan and Harry are reportedly working with US director Liz Garbus on a docuseries about their “love story”. They also have a multi-million dollar deal with streaming service Netflix.
She did say, however: “What’s so funny is I’m not trying to be cagey. I don’t read any press. So I don’t know what’s confirmed. I will tell you Liz Garbus is incredible”.
‘Forgiving’ her dad
Meghan mentioned her estrangement from her dad Thomas Markle Snr, whom she distanced herself from ahead of her royal wedding.
Referencing their relationship, Meghan said: “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process.’ It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but that’s his decision.
“I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive. But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”
Spilling the tea to Tyler Perry
According to Meghan, movie mogul Tyler Perry – whom she had “never met before” – offered her and Harry the use of his “safe house” in Beverly Hills, LA.
She also admitted to confiding in him about the difficulties she faced.
“Sometimes, you can tell your life story to a stranger on a plane as opposed to some of the people that are closest to you,” she said.
‘Healing’ from the Royal Family
Following last year’s “tell-all” with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan hinted that she was still recovering from her stint in the Royal Family.
The Cut shared of her response: “‘It’s interesting, I’ve never had to sign anything that restricts me from talking’, she reveals, as she ushers me toward the door. “I can talk about my whole experience and make a choice not to’. Why doesn’t she talk? ‘Still healing’, she responds”.