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CBS aired an in-depth two hour interview with Oprah Winfrey and Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Given that folks on the West coast haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, I am not going to get into too many details on what was revealed in the interview.
But let’s discuss…how do you feel about the situation that Meghan Markle has faced?
What did you think of what Meghan and Harry revealed in the interview?
What is your opinion of the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan, after watching the interview?
And what did you think of Oprah’s interview of them?
I believe every word that Meghan said! She could have been such an asset to the Royal Family! I find her far more likable and down to earth then Kate. Harry seems to be learning how to adjust to life outside of the royal bubble, but seems genuinely happy and determined to do what is best for his family. And can we talk about Tyler Perry letting them stay in his house and use his security?! Amazing!
I found the interview very compelling, and viewed Meghan as authentic and speaking her truth. I believe her.....entirely. It brought tears to my eyes more than once. This is more than about the Royal Family, this is about layers and chasms of racism, and white supremacy....in the UK, and around the world. The interview shed light on the relationship between the British tabloids and the Royal Family that is deeply troublesome and quite awful in many ways. The interview shed light on the facade, and it seems long overdue.
This interview broke my heart. For them to have had to go through all that - and I’m sure there is more that will never be shared - is terribly sad. I am glad they had each other to lean on and hope they can move forward and find some peace.
I think it's telling that Harry realized he was trapped in a life that he really didn't want after he saw how Meghan was treated. He said Meghan saved him and I believe that. Their mutual love for each other was obvious and displayed in their body language. The interview won't change the minds of Meghan-haters (check out the comments on some Twitter threads) but for those who aren't it was refreshing.
So happy Harry and Meghan made the choice to do what's best for their family.
The royal family needs to realize that their ways are no longer appropriate in this world. The death of Diana should have taught them that.
She was spot on about the fear that is engendered by relentless suicidal ideation - and she was right to seek help. It's not the Dark Ages anymore, and I applaud her for speaking openly about such a heavily stigmatized experience.
It must have been crushing for them to find out the Palace wasn't going to give Archie a title or even a security detail, and yes, it did make me lose respect for "the Firm." Meghan seemed to be in a lot of pain. Despite the unimaginable privilege afforded to both her and Harry, being judged as "less than" can't feel good, and is terribly disappointing.
charles fucking sucks
When Meghan discussed suicide and having to attend an event with Harry because she was too afraid to stay home...hit home when I found my daughters notebook when she was a teenager and inside it said “I smile on the outside because that’s what is expected. On the inside I am dying”. The worst day of my life reading this and figuring out how to approach her and offer help. No one knows how others are feeling or what they are dealing with. Remember that as you navigate through your daily life. Do not judge others.
The same people that don't like Meghan also don't support #BLM. 🤔
Both of them having such a hard time with their fathers is devastating.
I came away with a lot more respect for Meghan and Harry. She is incredibly self aware and brave, and he chose his family and child over the Royals. I have seen a lot of criticism of them but this was their chance to tell their side and correct the record.
This royal institution is still living in the past. This might be the beginning of the end. I hope so.
I'm sure there's some truth to what they are saying, but they seem like frauds to me and this is mostly a big money grab.
I admire and respect the Queen so much for devoting her life to the service of her country and her ability to evolve throughout her reign. However, I am so disappointed and sad about the treatment of Meghan Markle and her Harry. I don’t know why I am surprised as I have been so obsessed with the Crown and if only small parts of it are true what a miserable existence to live. I’m so sad for Meghan and Harry to not have the support of the male figures in their life. Very heartbreaking. Charles has continued to be disappointment. The monarchy should end with Liz. The interview changed my mind entirely about Meghan and Harry. What a shame and lost opportunity. So happy they had the chance to tell their story. And I’m so happy they have each other🧡
I believe Her. I see this from the perspective of a trauma survivor and speaking out tonight was just a necessary step in processing her trauma. I don’t think it’s fair to judge everything she said so harshly in detail as it may look different down the road as she continues to process.
I find the comments interesting. I’m old enough to have been an adult when Diana was Princess. Even then, Harry was the one who seemed most “normal” to me and, also, the one who sought recognition the least. The fact that the British press has been racist is undeniable. The fact that there is rampant racism in England is, also, undeniable. The Royal Family lives by it’s own set of rules and those rules include keeping your mouth shut, toeing the line and acting “royal”. I wouldn’t expect anyone to name names - this is Harry’s family, not just the monarchy. Harry is in a unique position - he knows what happened to his mother. I’m sure he’s, since, learned what was expected of her and that, it seems, the Royal Family seemed to believe she could not do anything right. Now, Harry is seeing his wife judged in the same way. I thought their answers were thoughtful, they seemed honest (though I’m sure a lot was left out). You really have to watch the entire interview (though I’m not a fan of Oprah’s interviewing style). Apparently, there was a lot left out of the broadcast which will she shown tomorrow morning.
I agree with Meghan, you don't know what is happening behind closed doors and the way she has been treated is disgusting. Not just by the royals, but also by regular people. If you don't see it, all you need to do is read comments on any social media site. They both have a lot of courage and I hope they are finally happy.
I was horrified at the way “the firm” treated Megan as soon as she got pregnant. The interview was excellent but made me cry. No one should be treated the way Harry and Megan were.
Not entirely surprising from the monarchy re: racism (still awful) and completely horrible that they wouldn't help her when she was pregnant and suicidal. Just gross. Good for them for getting out, sad that they are treated the way they are, especially by William.
So like, my takeaway is that the monarchy sucks.
I would like to punch someone in the throat.
Putting aside that they're Royals, William can see how everything affects Harry & he choses being complacent... shows a lot about their relationship...no wonder Harry got out
I'm sympathetic to Harry and Meghan, and this enhanced that, but I also give them credit for being smart people with smart advisors, and this interview was a series of barely veiled threats that the royal family better get it the fuck together or some names are getting named.
The “Firm” & the British tabloids are toxic and only serve each other in their self-serving ways. The Firm only cares about how the RF are perceived and the tabloids are in it for the money. I think the tabloids are holding something/s over the RF (Andrew’s pedophilia?). I admire Meghan and adore Harry- best wishes to them.
How does Meghan know she didn’t make Kate cry?
It seems "the Firm" has always been awful to outsiders, and that they outdid themselves this time. So much for embracing family...
they just signed a multi mln deal with Netflix and live in a mansion in Montecito. I guess some egos got bruised, but with all my efforts, I can't make myself feel sorry for them in any capacity.
I found Oprah to be seriously lacking in this interview. I think she pressed all the wrong buttons and came off as almost nonchalant. I think the content of the interview was good and I was glad to hear from the Sussex crew but Oprah was an absolute bore.
I want to know why Oprah didn’t ask Meghan what she meant when she said “ I lost my father” her father is still alive! And by all accounts they had a great relationship before. Why can’t the relationship be mended? A good interviewer would ask that no?
Forgot how great Oprah is. Still not subscribing to discovery+, stop trying to make it happen!
Who do you think mentioned archies skin color?
I think Meghan did face racism & snobbery in the Royal Family. I also think she a huge social climber & I'm not sure her character is suited to being a Windsor wife. For one, Meghan wouldn't be happy playing number 2 to Kate for the rest of her life. I think the UK was just too small for both the Cambridges and Sussexes.
If everything they said is true, they are better off out of there........
I feel so confused about how it seems like all the conservatives I follow on Twitter positively hate MM, yet isn’t she the epitome of America? Hating the monarchy, rebelling, escaping people telling her what to do, then doing what she wants to do because she’s *free* ? Genuinely confused by this.
I live in the UK so haven’t had a chance to watch the interview yet. I have read the comments about Archie’s skin colour is just heartbreaking! It doesn’t matter if you are a parent or not but somethings should never be spoken!
Also I remember when Meg and Harry got their house refurbished and got the private jet to go on holiday, I knew then the coverage was completely against them. I remember when William and Catherine got married they had their kitchen done at a ridiculous price too (some coverage but nothing compared to what Meghan got) and then they got the budget air line. I’m sorry but you don’t need to be Elon Musk to know that was a set up for them to be photographed to make Harry and Meghan look bad! Are you telling me they’ve never got a private jet before? BS!
The whole private jet thing in general is hypocritical as both Harry and William go on about the planet but the criticism and coverage should be the same. Also I’m sure I read somewhere that there was no one on that budget airline so they basically had the whole thing to themselves 🤔
I can't imagine what it must be like to be raised by a corporation instead of a family. I got the impression that Harry knew his life was unique, but had no concept of how bizarre it was until he married Meghan and was able to see his life through her eyes, and how it was destroying her. They were both clearly holding back a great deal, trying to be careful - Meghan said at one point that they had done everything to try to PROTECT Harry's family but they could only do so much. I'm glad they're out and I hope they enjoy their lives and children.
I think they have come along way but still have a lot longer to go. Harry got woke due to the racism his wife was and continues to face.
It's very clear who is on the wrong side of history. The Queen could make all of this stop and make sure they had adequate protection but she doesn't do anything. The buck stops with her.
Why in the hell did Meghan and Harry voice they're on dying support of the Queen? They must still be attached to the idea that she IS the Queen and the royal family is credible and good for the people under her rule.
Eventually, I hope they realize that the monarchy is a bunch of BS. Harry's brother and father are completely brainwashed. And they are racists. I hope Meghan becomes a full-blown socialist, but I know that's probably a step too far for her to seriously undertake.
Find it sad he couldn't talk to anyone about the mental anguish Megan was going through - it was Harry, William & Kate who set up that whole mental health foundation a few years ago.... why couldn't he discuss it with them?
Hi Yashar! I watched, and I never watch stuff like this but my mom was here and she's English, so...my 2 cents: the editing was badly done, Oprah was rather odd in her demeanor. They were very forthcoming and candid and came across well. -kv
As a Brit (black female) I probably have a good viewpoint on this than Americans in this thread.
The way she’s been treated by the press and “Palace sources” is disgusting and very obviously racist and xenophobic. Every other day it’s a disparaging article after another and its really things that the media do not criticise other royals for so I can only think they’re picking on her specifically for a reason.
Some of the big points of criticism as an example: Harry & Meghan’s taxpayer funded home was the cheapest out of all the other royals (W&K spent nearly £11m of U.K. taxes), the private jets rubbish is again unfair criticism when there is never the same volume of articles on Charles who only flies via private jet. The headlines of: straight out of Compton, exotic DNA, gangster royalty etc all just covert racism. All things they’d never say about the rest of the family. Piers Morgan even wrote in one article that Harry should leave the US and return to England and marry a quiet little blonde who was Tory supporting (right wing). These articles are all including “Palace sources” who are quoted saying disparaging things about her which when it’s boiled down in essence is about her “not knowing her place” in the pecking order or being “too much” for them because her work ethic rubs them up the wrong way. You also have to understand in these upper class circles an American work ethic is alien and seen as too gauche or pushy.
In general, U.K. media is extremely harsh to left/Democrat leaning women of colour. The abuse and ridicule black female members of Parliament and black female celebrities receive in this country is depressingly normalised. If anything it was great that the interview showed this to a global audience and I can only hope it brings some change.
She’s not beyond criticism as I found the idea that she was representation within the family for black & brown people of the commonwealth as laughable. The U.K. does not treat immigrants well when they come to this country. There is so much contempt so the commonwealth relationship is not one of equality. I understand this as my extended family live and are from countries in the commonwealth.
The racism doesn’t surprise me and I have my ideas who it might be in that family. I don’t think it will get better anytime soon because it’s gone too far now but I do think if who I suspect is the person who said this then that’s not a shocker to me but it will definitely cause a meltdown
I was interested to hear from Meghan how things changed after their Australia tour. I think they, like Diana, we’re becoming more popular than Charles and William. My hunch is that is when the more stringent clamp downs on their activities came into play. There may have been incidents before that but I believe this was the turning point. I do believe the Queen May have been unaware how bad it was getting for them, she’s been ceding increasing authority to Charles in recent years.
Overall it was very sad.
I know I’m overgeneralizing the issue with this, but has anyone else noticed that the British have issues of instability whenever there’s a Monarch named Charles?
Pretty sure we fought and won a war over 200 years ago so every American for all eternity could give zero craps about the British monarchy.
I have always said that Kate has been behind all these negative storylines against Meghan. Kate is a future Queen and could not handle someone else taking her spotlight. Meghan is more fashionable, already had a following before meeting Harry, and everyone loved her on their tours. Harry and Meghan became more popular than Will and Kate. I believe Will and Kate fueled the negative stories. My assumption is that Will and Harry got into an argument over Kate's behavior and that caused the rift. The royal family's treatment of Harry, Meghan, and Archie is appalling. How could they remove their security? How can they cut him off financially? Just awful. Good for them for setting their own course. I wish them the best.
The queen is as complicit as anyone in this entire situation. How is she the queen and not able to put a stop to it, that means she’s not at all in control as we’ve been led to believe
I see a lot of people on Twitter questioning why Meghan isn't naming names. Do they have a point, or was she right to do that?
I didn't watch it, just saw a few ads for the show during the past week. Everyone has family challenges to some degree; their challenges don't interest me.
I'm from the Commonwealth and can't excuse this. We somehow got carried away by our diversity, in the games, literature, etc. Didn't notice the white man group in charge at the very center! The racism & sexism, wow. i think it's time to revisit the Commonwealth idea. In a palace how is it she couldn't get medical help? They ought to answer this too. On the othet hand they were everywhere, smiling & happily posturing as Prince & Princess, it is true - they looked happy. Why did they need to do this…? Megan is well educated, and has all the presence of a star, during all the events as a newly married couple & with Oprah.
Did they really get married without knowing some of these things? She looks like she has had her fill, her birth family so dysfunctional, and then this. Best is for them to make their own living, why not? They are still super privileged, well connected, and strong spirited. They are not taking this lying down.
So glad Meghan and Harry FINALLY got the chance to tell their side. The Royal Family's side (told via the British media) was allowed to dominate this entire time! It's only fair that they got to speak. Saddened by Meghan's wanting to commit suicide and getting NO help due to how it would look. It was sad! Also glad she debunked that "Meghan made Kate cry" story. That story was such BS but the fact that Kate didn't step in like she did for the botox accusations, hair extensions, Tatler magazine article, etc is very disappointing.
The CONCERNS about Archie's dark skin... That was disgusting. My bet is on William who said that nonsense.
Prince Charles is awful. Clearly he's STILL jealous and has learned nothing from the Diana days about how popularity works.
Oprah was a good interviewer but she should've pressed Meghan on when she said that they were willing to lie to protect others but not tell the truth to protect them. Wanted Oprah to ask WHO they lied for and why!
Funny how Harry & Meghan's security was pulled even though Prince Andrew stepped back from his duties as well but still gets to keep his. It's the double standards for me. 😒
There’s always three sides to the story. I hope the Royals defend themselves. Harry will regret giving up his family. Archie doesn’t know the queen. Sad sad sad. MM is a manipulator and liar. She’s no clue that the monarchy will outlast her. Now they’ve said their side, they need to go away.