‘I think life is about being able to share stories you’re comfortable with’: Meghan says everyone should have ‘basic right to privacy’ in latest Oprah interview clip

  • Couple have faced criticism for talking about privacy while spilling royal secrets 
  • Included private talks with the Queen and details of relationship with Charles
  • Meghan said she wanted to share ‘parts of my life’ she was ‘comfortable with’  

Meghan Markle has said she and Harry are trying to share ‘parts of our lives’ they feel ‘comfortable’ with and said everyone should have a ‘basic right to privacy’ in the latest Oprah interview clip. 

The couple have faced criticism for complaining about their own privacy being violated at the same time as sharing damaging details about private conversations they have had with senior royals in front of a global TV audience numbering in the tens of millions. 

They have also been accused of ‘hypocrisy’ for releasing photos of private family moments on Instagram – prompting press stories of their private lives – while complaining about media intrusion after coverage that paints them in a bad light.  

The couple have faced criticism for complaining about their own privacy being violated at the same time as sharing damaging details about private conversations with senior royals 

Asked by Oprah if she should accept that losing some privacy was ‘part of the deal’ of being a royal, Meghan argued that ‘everyone has a basic right to privacy’ and ‘I think life is about being able to share stories you’re comfortable with’. 

In the previously unseen clip published by OprahMag.com, Meghan said: ‘Two things here. I think everyone has a basic right to privacy, basic. We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect. 

‘So if you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk and your co-worker says ”oh my gosh, your kids so cute, that’s fantastic… can I see your phone so I can see all your pictures of your child?”. You go, ”no, this is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you”.

‘And then if they double down and say, ”no but you already showed me that one so you’ve got to show me everything, so I’m going to hire someone to sit in front of your house or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your back yard because you’ve lost your right to privacy because you shared one image with me”.

‘That’s sort of the flawed argument and operating mechanism that they’re confusing people to think.’

Meghan claimed she and Harry were not asking for complete privacy, but ‘boundaries and respect’. 

She added: ‘I think life is about being able to share our stories and share parts of our lives that we are comfortable with. 

‘There’s no one on Instagram and social media who would say that because they shared one picture you are entitled to my whole camera roll. 

‘No one would want that, so it’s about boundaries and respect – they’ve created a false narrative, I’ve never talked about privacy, I think that’s just a basic understanding.’ 

A new picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cradling baby Archie appeared on social media yesterday hours after the interview. 

Amid the huge fallout from last night’s explosive claims, the couple’s friend Misan Harriman – who took the photograph used to announce Meghan’s most recent pregnancy – shared a previously unreleased image of the couple. 

A new picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cradling baby Archie appeared on social media yesterday hours after the interview 

Among the personal details shared in the Oprah interview were conversations with the Queen about a trip to Sandringham that Harry claims was later called off by a royal aide, and Meghan’s claim that Kate Middleton made her ‘cry’. 

Harry also revealed that Charles has stopped speaking to him and said he felt ‘let down’ by his father. 

It came as Meghan’s estranged father Thomas today denied his daughter’s claims he had ‘betrayed’ her through collaborating with photographers. 

He branded his son-in-law ‘snotty’ and declared: ‘We all make mistakes – but I’ve never played naked pool or dressed like Hitler like Harry did’.

Mr Markle says that he’s apologised ‘100 times’ for doing a deal with a paparazzi photographer before the Royal Wedding in 2018 and urged the couple to see him now they only live ’70 miles away’ from his Mexico home in Los Angeles.

He also denied the Royal Family – or Britain – is racist, calling Meghan and Harry’s claims ‘bulls**t’ and saying if it is true a royal asked about how ‘dark’ Archie’s skin would be, it was probably just a ‘dumb question’.

Mr Markle spoke to Good Morning Britain in the UK after watching the Oprah interview with his daughter and her husband, which was watched by 11.4million in Britain last night and tens of millions more when it was shown by CBS in the US on Sunday.

In it, Meghan said she cannot fathom hurting her son Archie in the way her own father ‘betrayed’ her, admitting she ‘found it hard to reconcile’ with Thomas after he insisted that he had not been speaking to the media. She said: ‘I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child’.

Mr Markle said that while he did let her down, she had ‘let me down too’ by cutting him off after heart surgery almost three years ago. 

He said: ‘The bottom line is she didn’t lose me, she made a statement saying she lost me, she didn’t lose me, I would’ve always been there for her, I’m there for her now if she wants me’.

 He added: ‘We all make mistakes – but I’ve never played naked pool or dressed like Hitler like Harry did’.

Mr Markle was referencing Harry’s trip to Las Vegas where he stripped off in a hotel to play pool and once wearing a Nazi uniform to a party when he was 20.

Describing his last phone call with Harry he said: ‘Harry had said to me if you had listened to me, this wouldn’t have happened to you. Me, laying in a hospital bed after a having procedure, I had a stent put here and put here [points at his heart] and that was kind of snotty so I hung up on him.’

The GMB show had already made headlines before Mr Markle spoke when like host Piers Morgan walked off set after being criticised by weatherman Alex Beresford who accused Mr Morgan of unfairly ‘trashing’ Meghan Markle.

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