Royal Family Missed 'Greatest Opportunity for Change' by Mistreating Meghan—Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman has said the British royal family had missed out on its "greatest opportunity for change, regeneration and reconciliation in a new era" by mistreating Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

Gorman, the 22-year-old who became an instant sensation after reciting her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration, tweeted in response to the bombshell interview Prince Harry and Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday night.

In the interview, Meghan revealed how life as a member of the royal family became so isolating for her that she contemplated suicide, and that her efforts to seek medical help had been rebuffed by palace officials.

The former actress, who is biracial, also revealed that when she was pregnant with her son Archie, there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light--they missed out on it.

— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) March 8, 2021

Harry told Winfrey that he never would have split from the royal family if they had been supportive of Meghan, and noted that his family never spoke out about the racism in media coverage of his wife.

"Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light--they missed out on it," Gorman wrote in response.

In another tweet, Gorman said Meghan "is living the life Diana should have, if only those around her had been as brave as she was."

This isn't Meghan's princess ‘happy’ ending. But sometimes change, the decisions that bring us the most hurt, aren't about about happiness, but healing.

— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) March 8, 2021

She continued: "Meghan isn't living a life without pain, but a life without a prison.

"This isn't Meghan's princess 'happy' ending. But sometimes change, the decisions that bring us the most hurt, aren't about happiness, but healing."

Gorman also said that while it was not clear if the revelations would change the British royal family, Meghan's strength "will certainly redefine family everywhere."

"Think of the women who will be inspired to stand up for their lives, the partners who will be kinder & more courageous than the kin they were born into," she said.

Gorman's comments come days after she revealed she was followed home by a security guard who demanded to know where she lived because she "looked suspicious."

"I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building," she tweeted on Friday night. "He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you're called an icon, the next day, a threat."

She followed up with another tweet that said: "In a sense, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be. A threat and proud."

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours a day.

Amanda Gorman recites poem at inauguration
Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images