Meghan Markle Talked To The Cut About Palm Trees, Her Instagram Return, And Prince Harry’s Relationship With Prince Charles
The offices of every British tabloid are probably blasting The Benny Hill Show theme song as they all furiously type and run around without heads while trying to churn out a minimum of 10,000 hate articles on Meghan Markle’s new interview with The Cut. Meghan talked with Allison P. Davis for The Cut to promote her Spotify podcast Archetypes. And during their interview, Meghan did talk about her podcast a bit, but she also dragged The Firm’s archaic ways some more and briefly got into Prince Harry’s strained relationship with Prince Charles and how Harry told her that he “lost” his dad after leaving senior royal life Well, if Harry and Meghan were hoping to have another 15-minute visit with THE QUEEN when they drop into England next month, they better be prepared for her lady-in-waiting to tell them, “Oh, I’m sorry, THE QUEEN can’t make it, she had to wash her Corgi’s hair at the last minute.”
Meghan’s profile for The Cut started off with Meghan asking Allison if she wants to know a secret. The secret wasn’t that yes, Duchess Camilla, IS the Royal Racist who asked about Archie’s skin color, or that yes, she considers Deal or No Deal her greatest career achievement! No, Meghan’s big “secret” was her return to Instagram. Cut to all of the crickets saying, “That’s our cue, boys!”
Then, in the lull in conversation, Meghan turns to me and leans forward to ask in a conspiratorial hush, “Do you want to know a secret?”
Meghan, silenced no more, looks around, making sure nobody (who would be?) is listening in. Then the top-secret drop: “I’m getting back … on Instagram,” she says, her eyes alight and devilish.
If Meghan’s big scoop made you let out a groan, then you and Meghan have something in common! Because Meghan moans and groans too and wanted Allison to write down the “guttural sounds” she lets out when she doesn’t have words for something. Listen, Meghan, if there’s anybody in that family whose guttural moans we want to read about, it’s Harry’s!
Though she has been media trained and then royal-media trained and sometimes converses like she has a tiny Bachelor producer in her brain directing what she says (at one point in our conversation, instead of answering a question, she will suggest how I might transcribe the noises she’s making: “She’s making these guttural sounds, and I can’t quite articulate what it is she’s feeling in that moment because she has no word for it; she’s just moaning”), at this stage, post-royal, there’s no need for her to hold back. She’s flinging open the proverbial doors to her life; as any millennial woman whose feminism was forged in the girlboss era would understand, she has taken a hardship and turned it into content.
And Meghan probably gutturally moaned a lot while getting into her life as a working royal. As she’s said before, Meghan told Allison that she really tried and wanted to make it work as a senior royal but was shut down when she questioned how things were done or wanted to do things differently. During her interview with Allison, Meghan brought her along to pick up Archie from school and said that she would never be able to do school runs if she was a working royal because it’d turn into a huge photo call. And something else that pissed her off is that whenever she wanted to release a pic of her child, she had to give the pictures to her racist enemies (the British tabloids) before posting them herself on Instagram.
“There’s literally a structure by which if you want to release photos of your child, as a member of the family, you first have to give them to the Royal Rota,” the U.K. media pool, she explains. Usually, the photos would be on media outlets before she could post them herself. That didn’t sit right with Meghan, given her strained relationship with the British tabloids (“Harry’s girl is [almost] straight outta Compton” is how the Daily Mail introduced her to the British public), and especially since she would soon have a child of her own to protect. “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 asks, still ruffled. “You tell me how that makes sense and then I’ll play that game.”
Allison also brought up Meghan’s non-relationship with her estranged father Thomas Markle and how Meghan won her privacy case against The Mail on Sunday for publishing pieces of a private letter she sent to her dad. Meghan didn’t say much about her own dad, but said that Harry’s relationship with Charles doesn’t have to be non-existent.
When I ask about it, Meghan doesn’t stay in her sadness for long; instead, she uses it to discuss how toxic tabloid culture has torn two families apart. “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.”
As for that “lost my dad” quote, Omid Scobie, reporter and co-author of Finding Freedom, claims that Meghan meant that she doesn’t want Harry to lose his relationship with his father the way she has with Thomas Markle.
There seems to be confusion in some headlines about this quote in The Cut interview. I understand that Prince Harry is actually referring to Meghan's loss of her own father, and Meghan is saying she doesn't want Harry to lose his. pic.twitter.com/rAZBK9J6Qz
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 29, 2022
Most of the interview was done at Harry and Meghan’s $14.65 million Montecito estate, and during a tour of the mansion, Meghan pointed out some bottom-joined palm trees and shared the nugget of pure potent cheese that dropped out of Harry’s mouth about them:
“One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees,” she coos. “See how they’re connected at the bottom? He goes, ‘My love, it’s us.’ And now every day when Archie goes by us, he says, ‘Hi, Momma. Hi, Papa.’ ” They had toured only the grounds when they told the real-estate agent, “We have to get this house,” Meghan says
“My love, it’s us.” Insert guttural moan here. And Meghan said that she and Harry are like salt and pepper because “you never move one without the other.” Insert another guttural moan here.
Well, something tells me that Meghan’s messy sister Samantha Markle is outside of Harry and Meghan’s gates right now, waiting to pounce on the gardeners to offer them money to “accidentally” cut down those palm trees. Samantha will then look into her pocketbook and see nothing but mothballs before saying, “It’ll have to be an IOU!”
Here are a couple of pics from Meghan’s The Cut shoot. Fun fact: the pictures were taken at the ranch of her good friend Victoria Jackson. No, not the Saturday Night Live-er turned Trump loon. I’m talking about Victoria Jackson, the beauty mogul who used to rule QVC! These pictures are definitely missing an appearance by Victoria Jackson holding onto a bottle of her signature perfume. Only 3 easy payments of $13.75!
Pic: Campbell Addy/The Cut