I am sad for team Sussex.
I did not watch the interview but heard the "bombshells." Two key ones are from the Duke himself: his father had turned his back on him when he sought assistance to protect his young family and even stopped taking his calls. There were also tragic revelations from the Duchess: she had contemplated suicide and an unidentified member of the Royal family had expressed concern about how dark their son would be.
The conversation made clear Meghan caused "Megxit." Before her, Harry had been oblivious to being "trapped." It is she who enlightened him as to his true condition. He then had no choice but to strike out for freedom. Fair enough. But then he took it upon himself to express pity for his father and brother because they have yet to realize their imprisonment.
How does one clamoring for 'his own truth' not grant the same favor to family members: "I cannot speak for them."
That of course is the issue: Prince Harry's apparent utter disregard for his family's feelings and reputation.
After all, it was not Meghan's family that was cut open and left bleeding in Oprah's reels: it was his! His father. His brother. His sister-in-law. His relationships. His traditions. His home. She had already walked away from her family, her mother excepted. This was no skin off her back.
Moreover, he was coy. He indicated Buckingham palace was a hostile, racist place, but then insisted the Queen was a saint. Are we to believe she is clueless about the institution she leads, the home she has created?
I would love to know what he hoped to achieve through this interview, which amounted to a frontal attack on his family. None of them had said anything unkind about him in public. He could have simply said, "Meghan and I are incredibly fortunate, blessed with love, resources, and a healthy, beautiful baby boy and a girl on the way. We would like to thank the Queen for her support. However, we think it best for our family to step away from active royal duties for a season, even as we look forward to continuing a life of service. It goes without saying we remain loyal to Her Majesty and the Commonwealth." Those words would have said to the world, 'good, bad or indifferent, my family matters to me.' They would have been worthy of a prince.
Instead, the narrative now is that of a tale of a young couple undone by racism. And certainly, that cannot be dismissed, for on this much at least, Meghan is right: racism and sexism are likely to make her the real villain in this sordid affair. Most unfortunate, really, for Harry's sins are greater.
In time, his conscience will murmur, and the Sussexes will regret their decision. And because I continue to "pull" for them, I am sad.