Meghan’s Mandela moment
29 August 2022
It seems that the last two years of interviews, podcasts and media briefings actually count as Meghan keeping shtum. Towards the end of a 6,500-word interview with the Cut, which covers the duchess’s views on the monarchy, the British press and racism, she says that she ‘never had to sign anything that restricts her from talking,’ adding ‘I can talk about my whole experience and make a choice not to’. At this point, Mr S doesn’t know whether this is an attempt at satire or if Meghan genuinely believes her ‘truth’.
The interview, titled ‘Meghan of Montecito’, comes less than a week after her Archetypes podcast with Serena Williams (in which listeners might have hoped that she could have spoken a little less). Maybe Meghan decided that an hour of uninterrupted self-endorsement wasn’t enough, dedicating at least a day to the feature-length interview and photoshoot. At one point, she claimed that during a visit to the Lion King premiere in London, a cast member from South Africa pulled her aside: ‘He looked at me, and he’s just like light [sic?]. 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”.’ Seems legit.
Another bizarre section sees homeless people used as a learning experience for Meghan’s son Archie. They take the interviewer for a drive (not at all pre-meditated, Mr S is sure) where Meghan then ‘reaches into the trunk and produces a brand-new black backpack and hands it to her security detail to give to an unhoused man on the corner.’ Meghan claims that they are ‘teaching Archie that some people live in big houses, some in small, and that some are in between homes. They made kits to pass out with water and peanut-butter crackers and granola bars.’ Steerpike wonders if Meghan couldn’t have instead offered one of her nine bedrooms from her Montecito estate.
And what’s Harry been up to? According to the interview, not much. He’s spent a fair amount of his time doing DIY around their home as well as ‘fixing sprinklers’ for their LA neighbours. The interviewer described the prince as ‘exasperated’ when talking about ‘fixing pipes’ in their Montecito mansion. Perhaps it’s another learning experience for Archie: some people are born princes but end up as glorified handymen.