Oprah Winfrey has been slammed for saying she hopes that ‘burying the dead’ will help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally make ‘peace’ with the royals – one year after the couple’s explosive interview with the host appeared to contribute to the family’s falling out.
The pair’s relationship with the royal family – particularly Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton with whom Harry and Meghan were pictured on Saturday in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death – appeared to fracture after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were stepping away from their royal duties and relocating to the US in early 2020.
But Harry, 37, and Meghan, 41, who are now raising their two kids in a $14 million mansion in Los Angeles, California, later spoke out about their decision on Oprah’s show.
They made a series of bombshell accusations, including that an unnamed royal raised ‘concerns and conversations’ about how dark Archie’s skin would be before he was born, and that Kate once made Meghan cry over a flower girl dress before her wedding to Harry.
The TV personality, 68, on Sunday spoke out about where Prince Harry and Prince William stand, and she said that she feels hopeful that the tragic loss of their grandmother could bring them back together.
‘I think in all families – you know, my father passed recently, this summer – and when all families come together for a common ceremony, the ritual of, you know, burying your dead, there’s an opportunity for peacemaking,’ she told Extra. ‘And hopefully, there will be that.’
Now commentators are questioning why Oprah has re-inserted herself into the ongoing Royal Family saga given her perceived role in widening the divide between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of The Firm.
Her words drew staunch criticism on social media, with many users accusing her of exacerbating the existing tensions once the couple had pulled away from royal life.
Her statement comes more than a year after the couple’s explosive interview with the host (pictured) appeared to contribute to the family’s falling out
Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan, 41, have reunited with Prince William, 40, and his wife, Kate Middleton, 40, in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. They are seen together on Saturday
Oprah Winfrey said she hopes that ‘burying the dead’ will help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally make ‘peace’ with the royals
‘Oprah talks about ”burying the dead” and says she hopes it will help Prince Harry and Meghan ”make peace” with the royals. She’s priceless isn’t she,’ one user said. ‘Never scrutinised a word [Harry and Meghan] said… She calls herself a serious talk show host.’
‘Oprah forgets she started this. Maybe an apology would help with the peacemaking,’ another quipped.
One user commented: ‘Oprah, you had plenty of opportunities to ask real questions and dispute some of the things said. But, you didn’t. And trying to convince the public that this wasn’t choreographed to the nth degree? Come on, Sis. You can’t fool us anymore…’
Some were plainly outraged: ‘Hey @Oprah if you cared for that family you wouldn’t have given them a platform to badmouth the RF family. After your interview the anger between them widened. So stop the BS talk.’
‘Oprah has a cheek, when she provided the platform for Meghan to trash our Queen and Royal Family – and encouraged her!’ another comment read.
Others simply poked fun at Oprah’s perceived hypocrisy, posting memes and gifs illustrating how the talk show host was now trying to ‘U-turn out of the drama she soaked and bathed in last year.’
Twitter users piled in on Oprah, criticising her for manufacturing and exacerbating drama between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family
The Queen, who reigned more than 70 years on the British throne, passed away ‘peacefully’ in her sleep at age 96 last Thursday, and her entire family have put on a united front in the wake of her death.
The two brothers, along with their wives, visited the hoards of grieving fans lined up outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday, which marked the first time the foursome has been seen together side-by-side since March 2020.
During the Oprah interview, which aired in March 2021, Meghan addressed previous rumors that she had brought Kate to tears in the days before she married Prince Harry, explaining, ‘No, the reverse happened.’
While she didn’t share many details about the rift, she said the disagreement pertained to the flower girls’ dresses.
‘I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something,’ she told Oprah, adding, ‘It made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings.
‘But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing.’
The couple later spoke out about their decision on Oprah’s show – during which, they made a series of bombshell accusations about the royals
Now, Oprah, 68, has spoken out about where Prince Harry and Prince William stand, and she said she feels hopeful that the tragic loss of their grandmother could bring them back together
The two brothers, along with their wives, visited grieving fans outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday, which marked the first time the foursome has been seen together since March 2020
The Queen (seen on September 6) passed away ‘peacefully’ on September at age 96
The siblings’ (seen on Saturday) relationship appeared to fracture after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were stepping away from their royal duties and leaving the monarchy behind to relocate to the states in early 2020
During the interview, Meghan also said she felt like she was ‘silenced’ by the royals, and that she was ‘given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew she and Harry were dating to always say, ‘No comment.”
‘I’ve always been outspoken, especially about women’s rights, and that’s the sad irony of the last four years – I’ve advocated for so long for women to use their voice,’ she continued.
She also said it felt like she wasn’t being ‘protected’ by them, while ‘other members of the family’ were.
‘It was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family,’ she stated. ‘They weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.’
During the Oprah interview, which aired in March 2021, Meghan claimed the royals raised ‘concerns and conversations’ about how dark Archie’s skin would be before he was born
She also said Kate once made Meghan cry over a flower girl dress before her wedding to Harry. The couple is seen during the interview
While she was pregnant with her first child, Meghan alleged that some of the royals voiced concerns about how dark Archie’s skin might look, since she is half black.
‘In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we have in tandem the conversation of, he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,’ she said.
The couple did not specify who raised the worries over Archie’s skin color, but Prince Harry told Oprah privately that it was not the Queen or Prince Phillip.
Meghan also revealed that she had suicidal thoughts after joining the royal family, telling Oprah, ‘I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was a clear and real and frightening and constant thought.’
Earlier this year, a royal expert revealed to The Mirror that Kate found it ‘mortifying’ when Meghan spoke about her to Oprah, adding that she will ‘not forget’ how she was treated, but wanted to end their feud.
Last December, a source also told People magazine that Kate was ‘really, really upset’ about the estrangement between the family.