Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were booed when a clip of their Oprah Winfrey interview was aired at last night’s National Television Awards.
After Sir Trevor McDonald introduced the collection of the year’s most iconic TV moments, a montage aired with scenes from the Royals’ infamous interview.
While the booing did not appear on the ITV live telecast, attendees revealed to MailOnline that the audience ‘loudly’ jeered and booed once the Duke and Duchess appeared on-screen.
The event at London’s O2 arena is a highlight of the showbiz calendar and attended by some of Britain’s biggest stars – suggesting that the Sussexes’ reputation has soured even among the celebrity elite.
A source who attended last night’s ceremony told MailOnline: ‘Megan and Harry were shown on screen during a montage of TV moments from the last twelve months.
‘Immediately, there was audible booing throughout the arena. It was as though they were pantomime villains.’
Shock: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview was met with boos when a clip was aired at Thursday’s National Television Awards
The Sussexes’ bombshell two and a half hour sit-down interview with Oprah in March was watched by over 17million people around the globe.
The couple accused a Royal Family member of racism, suggesting the relative had asked ‘how dark’ their son would be; said they had been driven out of Britain, in part, by discrimination; and accused the Palace machinery of failing to support a ‘suicidal’ Meghan.
Harry revealed an astonishing rift with his father, claim his family had cut him off financially, while suggesting the Queen had been badly advised and had cancelled a meeting scheduled at Sandringham.
Meghan also accused Kate of making her cry; suggested senior royals plotted to ensure Archie would never have a title or security; and said officials had failed to stand up for the couple against ‘racist’ commentary, while lying to protect others.
The interview immediately generated a backlash after fact checkers revealed a string of inaccuracies, while Oprah also came in for criticism for allowing inflammatory and damaging claims to go unchallenged.
There was also anger at the couple’s decision to trash their family when Prince Philip was ill.
Piers Morgan was among those who criticised the sit-down, saying he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of what Meghan had claimed.
This sparked a deluge of complaints to Ofcom, who sensationally cleared him of wrongdoing earlier this month and defended his right to free speech.
The UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts to silence the MailOnline columnist a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression’ after the Duchess of Sussex was among a wave of people who complained that his questioning of her account of royal racism and suicidal thoughts was ‘harmful’ and ‘offensive’ to viewers.
After his victory, Mr Morgan tweeted a picture of the Queen at her husband’s Windsor funeral and said: ‘Amid all the debate about Meghan Markle’s mental health, has anyone given a thought for what the Queen’s had to endure this year as the Sussexes have continually trashed her family & the Monarchy while she lost and mourned her beloved husband of 73 years? Just disgraceful’.
Shock: After Sir Trevor McDonald introduced the collection of the year’s most iconic TV moments, a montage aired with scenes from the Royals’ interviews included at the ceremony which was held at London ‘s 02 Arena
Oops: It has been revealed that a teaser of the interview was met with boos and jeers when it appeared on-screen at the star-studded award ceremony
In the Oprah interview, Harry made reference to his relation with William (pictured together in March 2020) amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Megxit
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Row that ‘made Meghan cry’
Reports circulated ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.
But Meghan told Oprah the ‘reverse happened’.
Meghan said she was not sharing the information to be ‘disparaging’, but added it was ‘really important for people to understand the truth’.
‘She’s a good person,’ the duchess added.
Wimbledon photos ‘not as they seemed’
Meghan also gave more details about her strained relationship with Kate.
She was asked about a memorable joint-outing to Wimbledon, where the pair put on a united front and were pictured laughing together.
During the interview she appeared to cast doubt on the authenticity of that seemingly affable appearance, saying: ‘Nothing is what it looks like’.
‘Waity Katie’ jibe ‘not the same as racism’
Meghan said her treatment by the press cannot be compared to Kate being called ‘Waity Katie’ because it is ‘not the same as racism’.
The Duchess of Sussex said she believed she had been singled out because she was ‘not just British’. She said: ‘I think the volume of what was coming in and the interest was greater because of social media, because of the fact that I was not just British…
‘If they can compare what the experience that I went through was similar to what has been shared with us, Kate was called Waity Katie, waiting to marry William.
‘While I imagine that was hard, and I do, I can’t picture what that felt like, this is not the same.’
Harry: ‘Trapped’ William and I ‘on different paths’
When asked about if he remains close to William he replied: ‘I love William to bits. He’s my brother.
‘We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths’.
The Duke and Duchess’ popularity has hit an all-time low as the couple continue to suffer the fallout from their interview.
Positive opinion of Harry, 36, who now lives in an £11million mansion in Montecito, California, with his wife and two children, has fallen by nine points from 43 per cent in April to 34 per cent now.
Meghan, 40, has seen a steady decline in her popularity this year, with positive opinion at 30 per cent in March, falling to 29 per cent in April, and dropping a further three percentage points to 26 per cent now.
Former royal editor Duncan Larcombe, who has reported on Harry since he was a teenager, said going from being the most popular royal to where he is now – barely on speaking terms with his family – ‘must be really hard for him and probably adds to his anger’.
‘Meghan too was so welcomed in the beginning, but now the UK has lost trust in her. Their popularity has totally nosedived,’ he told Closer magazine.
‘It’s worrying to think what Harry has left if his American life fails for him. I don’t think he’ll be welcomed back as a working royal, but he would as a brother, son and grandson.
‘If Harry’s not on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, waving to the crowds, on the day his father or his brother becomes King, then I think the public will be done with him.’
YouGov blames ‘poor responses to their statements surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the withdrawal from Afghanistan’, for the recent drop in their popularity.
The couple were criticised for wading into Afghanistan crisis with woke ‘word salad’ statement, in which they said they were ‘speechless’ and feeling ‘the many layers of pain’.
The lengthy statement, released via the couple’s slick Archewell Foundation website, calls on followers to support organisations including the World Central Kitchen, but failed to say how much they would be personally donating or details of how they would help.
YouGov also cited as their Oprah Winfrey interview, in which the couple accused an unnamed member of the royal family of making a racist comment about what skin tone their son Archie may have.
Prince Harry declined to say who made the comment, but stressed it wasn’t the Queen or Prince Philip.
The couple sent shockwaves through the monarchy in January last year when they announced their intention to step down as senior members of the Royal Family and embark on a new life across the Atlantic.
But they’ve attracted criticism after expressing a desire for privacy, then laying bare their split from the Firm in their explosive Oprah sit-down and signing multi-million pound deals with Netflix, Spotify and Apple TV.
Harry also revealed he’s publishing a tell-all memoir with Penguin Random House in 2022 as part of a lucrative four-book deal believed to be worth up to £29million.
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Duncan Larcombe acknowledged that the Duke has found a degree of freedom in now being able to say what he wants, but believes the couple have ‘totally isolated themselves’ as a result of their rift with the royals.
He added that there is now tremendous pressure on the Sussexes to deliver and make a success of their shiny new life in the States, suggesting they’re ‘more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created’.
Who are the most popular royals?
YouGov polled 1,667 adults in GB between August 27th and 29th.
These are the most popular royals (rated very positive or positive) according to its results.
The Queen: 80 per cent (net: +74)
Prince William: 78 per cent (net: +62)
Kate Middleton: 75 per cent (net: +59)
Princess Anne: 65 per cent (net: +50)
Prince Edward: 45 per cent (net: +20)
Prince Charles: 54 per cent (net: +17)
Camilla Parker Bowles: 43 per cent (net: +1)
Prince Harry: 34 per cent (net: -25)
Meghan Markle: 26 per cent (net: -39)
Prince Andrew: 6 per cent (net: -77)
Mr Larcombe said the fact they’ve caused such an uproar for both the Firm and in the media, they now don’t have the option of failing as it would be ‘the ultimate humiliation’.
‘If Netflix aren’t happy and the production doesn’t get the audiences that they’re expecting, they won’t give them another contract,’ he observed. ‘They’ve entered a commercial world and it’s cut-throat.’
The Sussexes are not not the most unpopular royals; that dubious honour goes to Prince Andrew, who has an overall negative rating of 83 per cent and a positive rating of just six per cent, due to his connection to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The public’s favourite royal – as ever – is the Queen with 80 per cent of the population having a favourable opinion of the monarch.
In July, it was revealed that the Sussexes’ interview had been nominated for an Emmy Award.
‘Oprah with Meghan & Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’ is nominated in the ‘Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category’, it was confirmed.
The winners will be announced at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, with US-based Harry and Meghan up against Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.
Ant and Dec scooped the Best Presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards on Thursday, with a visibly emotional Ant seen clutching his new wife Anne-Marie as the news was delivered.
The great and the good of British television gathered for the star-studded awards show, which also saw Kate Garraway choke back tears as her Finding Derek documentary bagged the inaugural authored documentary award.
Meanwhile, This Morning triumphed once again for Best Daytime as they led the other big winners on the night including Line Of Duty, Gogglebox and It’s A Sin.
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
WINNER: Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
WINNER: David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
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WINNER: Coronation Street
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
WINNER: Beat The Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong
The Repair Shop
WINNER: This Morning
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley