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‘A historical moment’: Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview draws the attention of millions of viewers

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Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

Harry and Meghan’s latest interview with Oprah Winfrey, aired in the UK recently has received the attention of millions of viewers around the world. Some viewers reacted angrily to serious allegations by the Dukes of Sussex about royalty, while others felt compassion for the couple.

Prince Harry and Meghan were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey after their departure from the royal family. They revealed acts of racism by the Crown against their son because of the color of his skin and claimed that they were not offered mental health support. Also, Prince Harry explained how difficult it was for him to give up his royal status.

The Dukes of Sussex

The British accused the Dukes of Sussex of discrediting the monarchy and even claimed to strip Harry and Meghan of their titles.

Piers Morgan, the famous Good Morning Britain host, accused Prince Harry of abandoning royalty, calling his decision “shameful”.

“This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful,” he wrote in your Twitter account.

He also blamed the Sussexes for trying to turn the world against the monarchy.

“Let’s be clear: Prince Harry and his wife just spent two hours trashing everything the Queen stands for & has worked so hard to maintain, whilst pretending to support her,” he said.

Reacting to the interview, Piers lashed out at the prince, claiming the royal legacy from the early 21st century.

“Now you want to turn the world against us and the royal family? What your grandmother has achieved with such hard work for six decades?”, Addressing Prince Harry directly during the television program.

For his part, Robert Jobson, royal expert and author of Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, lashed out at Meghan Markle questioning that she could not receive mental health support.

“I do not think that a man who has advised himself, who obtained advice for Princess Diana, says that you cannot get advice for Meghan Markle,” defended Prince Charles.

“The only winner in this is Oprah Winfrey,” she posited her opinion of the interview.

The hard life of being a member of the royal family

On the other hand, criticism of the Sussex complaints appeared. Former New York Republican Party Representative Pete King questioned Meghan’s attitude after the wedding.

“I’m certainly not in love with British royalty, but Meghan Markle had to know what royal life was going to be like before she got married, unless it’s totally empty,” Pete King wrote in a Facebook post. 

“And if the two of them weren’t happy, they should have left and not started their self-pity tour.

“King argued that there is enough sadness and tragedy in the world” without having to worry about “these two narcissists.”

“Selfish complaints from spoiled malcontents only deserve to be ignored,” King wrote. “These two should get real jobs and disappear for a while!”

Conservative activist Candace Owens echoed the sentiment, calling Meghan a “typical Hollywood narcissist” for arranging the interview with “the world’s best-known presenter.”

“It’s so hard to be Royals, live in a castle, have a huge staff and your every need taken care of by British taxpayers, only to toss it all for hundreds of millions in the US for (doing what exactly?) and life in a $14m mansion. My heart breaks for them!,” wrote journalist Megyn Kelly.

Meghan, the brave duchess

On the other hand, Prince Harry and Meghan are not short of advocates.

Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams, who co-starred with her in the series Suits, defended Markle from criticism, calling it “OBSCENE” that the royal family “bullying” accusations that she is a stalker and argued that the monarchy has “exceeded its relevance”.

“She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic,” said the actor on his Twitter account.

“It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who’s newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of “bullying” against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health,” he added.

American poet Amanda Gorman said: “Meghan is living the life Diana should have, if only those around her had been as brave as she was. Meghan isn’t living a life without pain, but a life without a prison.”

Also, many celebrities expressed their support for Meghan and shared their perspective on the personal qualities that Harry’s wife has.

Stylist Daniel Martin, who did Meghan’s makeup on her wedding day, shared a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on his Instagram.

“I don’t know that anyone has ever had to deal with the pressure, the politics and the press like this woman. In the face of it all, I have never seen her waver from kindness, empathy and love,” stylist Jessica Mulroney expressed her support for Meghan.

Racism, the explosive topic

In her emotional interview, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she suffered from racism as a member of the British royal family which contributed to her suicidal thoughts. Speaking of her son Archie, Meghan said that within the royal house there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin could be when he was born.” However, she avoided giving more details.

For her part, Oprah declared after the program that neither the queen nor her husband, Prince Philip, were part of the conversations in which they expressed concern about how dark their great-grandson’s skin would be.

The statements about racism sparked a wave of comments from Afro-descendant women.

Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, tweeted “Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism,” adding “I appreciate that Meghan Markle is still here.”

The tennis player and Meghan’s friend, Serena Williams, in a statement on Twitter described her as a “selfless friend” who “teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble.”

“Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she has experienced,” Williams wrote.

“I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, break us down, and demonize ourselves. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism,” she continued.

Also, Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, declared that anyone who criticizes Markle is “racist.”

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