Oprah Winfrey Says She Was 'Surprised' By Meghan Markle's Racism Claims in Their Interview

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Oprah Winfrey has opened up about the impact of her bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, insisting she had 'no idea' that it would 'reverberate' the way it did — while admitting she was 'surprised' that the Duchess of Sussex 'went all the way there' with allegations of racism against the royal family.  

The 67-year-old mogul discussed the secrecy around the interview with Nancy O'Dell this week, stressing how important it was that nothing leaked before it aired on CBS so that no clip could be 'exploited.'

But while she confessed that she was 'surprised' by how forthcoming the couple was, she said it makes sense that the interview was so 'powerful' because Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, 'wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible.'

Shocking! Oprah Winfrey says she was 'surprised' by how forthcoming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were during their interview

Praise: She credits the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for being 'willing to be as open, as vulnerable, as truthful, as they were'

Oprah reflected on the interview, which has continued to dominate headlines since it aired on March 7, during the launch of Nancy O'Dell's Channel on talkshoplive, where she was promoting her book 'What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing.'

'I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact it has had and continues to have. I did a lot of preparation for that,' she said.  

When asked if she was 'surprised' that Harry and Meghan were so open and forthcoming in the interview, Oprah admitted that she was.

In particular, she said, she was shocked when Meghan said that royal family members had had 'conversations with Harry about how dark [Archie's] skin might be when he's born.'

In the moment, Oprah's jaw dropped, and she paused for a moment before incredulously responding, 'What?' — a reaction that has since become a meme on social media.

'I'm like, "What? You're going there? You're going all the way there,"' Oprah said of her thought process at that time.  

Oprah said that she had only texted with Harry and Meghan before the actual interview, and her only understanding what they were focused on sharing the truth. 

'Whenever I'm doing interviews with anybody for anything that is significant, I have a conversation with them before,' she said. 

'I didn't see Harry and Meghan before but I did text them and say intention is very important to me, tell me what your intention is, so that we can be aligned in our goal. And our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible.' 

Wow! In particular, she said, she was shocked when Meghan said that royal family members had had 'conversations with Harry about how dark [Archie's] skin might be when he's born'

Truthful: She said Harry and Meghan 'wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible'

She continued: 'The reason why it was such a powerful interview — first of all, I know how to ask questions, and you [Nancy] know how to ask questions, we all know how to do our jobs, but what makes it powerful is when you have someone else who is willing to be as open, as vulnerable, as truthful, as they were,' she continued. 

'So, I don't give myself credit for that, I give myself credit for asking the questions, but the reason the interview was what it was, was because they answered the way they did.' 

Certainly, the fact that no one knew how much the couple would reveal before the interview actually aired also contributed to its bombshell-like impact.

'It was really important to me that what we put out there in the world was put out at the time everyone could see it and that things didn't leak, and things weren't misconstrued before the actual interview happened,' Oprah said.

'So I remember when we finished doing the interview and that interview was 3 hours and 20 minutes I think, and I stood up and said to the crew, we all know what was said here, and how important it is to have the trust of the people who just shared that, and so I'm hoping you all will not go out into the world and share what has happened here. And nobody did. 

'And so, as we were releasing clips to CBS, we were releasing them in such a way that whatever was being put out there could not be exploited. So a lot of time and effort and energy went into it on my part.' 

Of the bombshells dropped during the interview, Meghan and Harry's accusation that a member of his family expressed 'concern' over Archie's skin color was certainly the most shocking.

'At the time it was awkward. I was a bit shocked,' said Harry, who refused to share further details about the conversation or with whom he had it. 

Reunion: Tensions between the Sussexes and the royal family were understood to have been at an all-time high when Prince Harry returned home to attend Prince Philip's funeral last week  

Making amends: It has since been reported that Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' during his trip, and that he spoke with his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William

The couple also spoke candidly about Meghan's struggles with depression, with the Duchess admitting there was a point where 'I just didn't want to be alive anymore' — but though she asked times for professional help, she was told she couldn't pursue it. 

'I said that, "I've never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere." And I was told that I couldn't, that it wouldn't be good for the institution,' Meghan said. 

Other striking revelations included the Prince Harry's claim that his father had stopped taking his calls, while Meghan contradicted reports that she had made her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, cry leading up to her wedding — saying it was actually Kate who had made her cry.

Tensions between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family are understood to have been at an all-time high in recent weeks in the wake of the primetime sit-down. However, the rift was said to have been set to one side when Harry traveled to the UK last week to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip. 

It has since been reported that Harry met the Queen privately 'at least twice' during his trip to the UK, and that he spoke with his father and his brother after the funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

MailOnline's Dan Wootton first revealed earlier this week that Charles and William preferred to meet together with Harry face-to-face within the grounds of the castle after Prince Philip's funeral, so that nobody's words could be misconstrued afterwards.

That meeting came after the royal brothers had taken 'baby steps' towards healing their fraught relationship while walking back to the Queen's home from St. George's Chapel, after being pushed together by peacemaker Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

O-cash! Oprah also revealed the way she has been silently helping people who have been struggling during the pandemic by mailing out $15,000 checks to individuals

During her interview with Nancy, Oprah also revealed the way she has been silently helping people who have been struggling during the pandemic by  mailing out $15,000 checks to individuals.  

'I literally have been, people don't know this, going through the newspaper finding stories of people who weren't doing well in their life, sending them money, trying to help because I know I have been blessed,' she said.

Guilty: Oprah said she 'was full on into the boo hoo cry' when she saw people reacting in the streets after Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict

'I literally, at the beginning of the pandemic last year, sat down and made a list of people who I knew were not going to be working and I sent the maximum amount that the government allows you to give a person, which is $15,000 dollars per person, and saying I know it's going to be awhile before you're working let me help you out,' she went on. 

'I called it my personal pandemic relief package for friends. So, I think it has made me more thoughtful, the more blessed I become the more I think about people who are not and what can I do to help them.'

Oprah also shared her reaction to the guilty verdict handed down in Derek Chauvin's trial earlier this week. 

'I didn't watch [the whole trial] because ... I didn't want to have to continue to relive the trauma, because I realized that I had watched the tape too many times,' she said.

'I was surprised that hearing the first guilty verdict, I could feel myself welling up, and then I saw photographs of people in the streets. And then I was full on into the boo hoo cry,' she continued.

'This feels like it's more than just for a verdict, it feels like validation, it feels like this time we were seen, we were heard in a way that we hadn't been. 

'I thought about Emmett Till, I thought about all the names that we have seen, protesters in the street talking about Breonna Taylor, and Mr. Castille. I thought about all of those people who didn't get justice in the way they deserved and how those lives seem somehow, in this moment, justice was served for all of them by this verdict. It was bigger than this moment'

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Son Archie 'Can't Wait to Meet' Baby No. 2

Closer Weekly 24 April, 2021 - 10:10pm

Baby on board! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s son, Archie Harrison, is so excited to become a big brother, an insider told Life & Style — and the former royals are really enjoying preparing for their new daughter.

“Archie can’t wait to meet his baby sister and loves putting his hand on his mummy’s tummy and feeling the baby move,” the source gushed. “He’s such a caring, bright, loving little boy and is super advanced for his age.”

The insider also revealed how the family is spending quality time together amid all the preparations for baby No. 2. “To wind down and switch off they go for family walks on the beach and spend time in their beautiful garden,” the source explained. “Archie’s a real water baby and loves being in the pool. Harry can’t wait to teach him to swim this summer.”

Additionally, Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, is helping out amid her daughter’s second pregnancy and has been “helping look after Archie” amid the working couples’ projects, an insider exclusively told Closer Weekly in early April. “Being a grandma to Archie brings Doria such joy.”

The former royal, 36, and the Hollywood alum, 39, revealed they were having a baby girl during their CBS interview on March 7. “Like to have any child, any one or any two would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for?” Harry said at the time. “We got our family — the four of us and our two dogs, it’s great.”

The former Suits star revealed she suffered a miscarriage in a New York Times op-ed published in November 2020, so Meghan and Harry’s daughter will be their rainbow baby. She wrote of the horrific moment five months prior, “I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

The ex-monarchs relinquished their royal titles in January 2020 — and have been living happily in California with many upcoming projects in the works. The proud parents are thrilled to be raising their children in an environment with less pressure.

“Harry firmly believes that Archie should be able to have the freedom he never had,” an insider previously told In Touch, including that he should be “taught the importance of freedom of speech and giving back to the community, and most importantly not to let anything get in the way of achieving his dreams and happiness.”

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Oprah Winfrey insists Meghan Markle's bombshell interview was 'truthful'

Mirror Online 24 April, 2021 - 10:10pm

Oprah Winfrey has come to the defence of her pal Meghan Markle, insisting she told the truth during their bombshell tell-all interview.

The chat show queen's explosive chat with Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sent shockwaves around the world thanks to a string of wild claims.

Most notably, Meghan claimed she was refused help by the palace when she confessed that she was struggling with suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with son Archie.

And both she and her husband said there had been discussions within the royal household about what colour Archie's skin might be.

They refused to go into detail about exactly what was said and who had said it, but the racism claims still left people gobsmacked.

The interview left people totally divided, with some hailing Meghan as brave for speaking out and others - like Piers Morgan - publicly slamming Meghan.

Piers even sensationally quit his presenting role on Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise for saying he didn't believe a word Meghan had said.

But Oprah insists her friend was speaking the truth.

The 67-year-old said on Nancy O'Dell's TalkShopLive show: "I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have. I did a lot of preparation for that.

"Our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible."

She even confessed she herself was "surprised" by how open Meghan and Harry decided to be in the interview.

Oprah said she had spoken to the royal couple over text message ahead of their sit-down chat so that they could "align their goal" which they both said was to tell the truth.

Meanwhile, Paul Burrell, the former butler of Harry's late mother Princess Diana, has said that he'll need Meghan's full support when he returns to the US a "broken man" following Prince Philip's funeral.

He told Closer magazine: "Harry's world was torn apart when he left the UK and moved to California last year - and now he's faced with the consequences. And in such devastating circumstances - to commemorate the loss of his grandpa.

"Being back in the UK, seeing his family - the family he has criticised - is extremely difficult. Seeing his beloved granny, the Queen, and to face his father and brother would not be easy. Even submerging himself back into the House of Windsor and the buildings that hold so many memories.

"The chapel - the same chapel where he married Meghan almost three years ago in very different circumstances. It will have stirred up all kinds of painful emotions for him. He will really have felt the impact of the decision he's made now and it'll hit home."

Harry will never reconcile with his family as long as he's with Meghan, says CAROLE MALONE

Express 24 April, 2021 - 10:10pm

But then, it was never going to happen. Why in God’s name would Wills want to make up with the brother who branded his family racists and trashed their global reputation? Why would he forgive him and Meghan for throwing Kate under the bus? Why would Wills say anything to Harry that he and Meghan might end up flogging to some chat show? The fact is Harry will never reconcile with his family as long as he’s married to Meghan because I don’t believe she’d allow it. She needs to keep Harry isolated and apart from his family to keep control.

Just imagine if Harry had had an epiphany last weekend and realised he’d been an idiot for savaging his family and walking away from royal life? Imagine if he and Wills had made up and he’d suddenly realised how much he missed and had misjudged his family?

That would have meant having to admit that maybe Meghan had played a big part in him walking away from everything he knew and held dear. That maybe the woman, who is estranged from everyone in her own family except her mother, thought it was OK for it to be the same for her husband.

Because what that’s meant is they’d only have each other – no family influencing them, offering advice or saying what they’re doing might be wrong. Separated from their families, they’re one hundred percent co-dependent. Only it’s worse for Harry because while Meghan has her mum Harry does not. And now he doesn’t have his dad or his brother either. 

Oprah Winfrey was 'surprised' Meghan Markle went 'all the way there' with racism claims against royal family

Fox News 24 April, 2021 - 10:10pm

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It appears Oprah Winfrey was just as stunned as the rest of the world by Meghan Markle's bombshell claims during her wide-ranging interview that aired in March.

The 67-year-old veteran interviewer's special with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex intensified the already tense relationships between the couple and other members of the royal family.

Winfrey recently appeared on Nancy O'Dell's new show, "TalkShopLive," in which she reflected on the jaw-dropping interview, watched by nearly 50 million people worldwide.

"I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have," Winfrey said via Page Six.

In the interview, Markle, 39, said a member of the royal family discussed the color of her and Harry's then-unborn son's skin. Prince Harry later revealed it was not Queen Elizabeth nor his grandfather, Prince Philip, who made the remark. The Duke of Sussex also said he'd never reveal the family member's identity.

The media mogul went on to say that she and the couple had a "shared intention" for the interview, which was to tell "the truth."

"They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible," Winfrey said.

She went on to admit that she was "surprised" when Markle claimed royals made comments about the color of Archie's skin. Markle is biracial.

"What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there?" Winfrey recalled of her initial private reaction to Markle's claims.

The host called it a "powerful" interview due to the couple's ability to be "open," "vulnerable" and "truthful."

Rumors of a rift between Harry and his older brother Prince William have rumbled at least since 2019. That’s when Harry and Markle separated from the Royal Foundation, originally set up as the brothers’ joint charitable venture, to set up their own platform.

That year, Harry said he loved his brother dearly but they were "on different paths" and have "good days" and "bad days."

In early 2020, the Sussexes announced their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family. This year, tensions between Harry and William escalated when Harry revealed to Winfrey that he and his brother were giving each other "space." He also claimed his father, Prince Charles, had stopped taking his calls.

Meanwhile, Markle told Winfrey that she had suicidal thoughts during her time living in the United Kingdom and working as a senior royal. 

Harry said the royal family cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing plans to step back from his roles. But he was able to afford security for his family because of the money his mother, Princess Diana, left behind.

In response to a question from Winfrey, Harry said he wouldn’t have made the changes if not for his wife. He said their relationship revealed the strictures of royal life.

"I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped," Harry said, before adding, "My father and my brother, they are trapped."

A year after they last saw each other, the princes put their fraught relationship aside as they said farewell to their grandfather in a royal funeral held in Windsor, England, last week.

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Oprah on Why She Thinks Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Went 'All the Way There' in Their CBS Interview

ELLE.com 24 April, 2021 - 03:06pm

Oprah's bombshell CBS interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took place on March 8, but anyone who watched it is probably still thinking about it. During the interview, the couple dropped a lot of details about their lives as senior royals.

In an interview with Nancy O’Dell on Talkshoplive on Friday, Oprah said even she didn't expect Meghan and Harry to go that deep in the interview. If you watched the interview, you'll recall that Meghan and Harry revealed that someone in the royal environment was concerned about the color of Archie's skin before he was born and that Meghan shared how much she struggled with her mental health while living in England as a working member of the royal family, among other deeply personal topics.

"Yeah, I was surprised," she said. "I was surprised at the amount of, you know, literally with that thing that's now become a meme, that's like, 'What?' I'm like, 'What? You're going there? You're going all the way there?'"

I can’t stop sending her these. She’s like, “um, thanks.” https://t.co/WwRVOQbP2w

She added that there was a reason why the interview was "such a powerful interview": Meghan and Harry decided they wanted to, well, go there.

She added that "when you have somebody who's as willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. so I don't give myself credit for that. I give myself credit for asking the questions, but the reason the interview was the way it was was because they answered they way they did."

Oprah told O'Dell that ahead of the interview she texted Meghan and Harry to ask them what their "intention" was ahead of the interview so they could be "aligned in [their] goal. And our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be truthful as possible."

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