In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said that she had been silenced after she got married and joined the royal family.
It was only when she joined the institution that she understood she "wasn't being protected," she said.
"They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren't willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband," she said.
She added that she had been welcomed into the family, and that the family members are different from "the people running the institution."
"The Queen has always been wonderful to me," she said. On their first joint engagement, the Queen gave her a gift of pearl earrings and a matching necklace. In the car between engagements, the Queen had a blanket across her knees for warmth -- and "she said, 'Meghan, come on,' and put it across my knees as well," said Meghan. "It made me think of my grandma as well."
This post has been amended to clarify Meghan's statement on the protection offered by the royal family.