Oprah Says Prince Harry Told Her Neither Queen Elizabeth Nor Prince Philip Were Involved in Racist Comments


Oprah Winfrey wasn’t done dropping bombshells after Sunday night! The 67-year-old journalist and TV personality appeared on Monday’s CBS This Morning following her explosive 90-minute interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special



Newspapers are placed on the ground placed by a television crew in front of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, March 8, 2021. Britain's royal family is absorbing the tremors from a sensational television interview by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, in which the couple said they encountered racist attitudes and a lack of support that drove Meghan to thoughts of suicide. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


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Newspapers are placed on the ground placed by a television crew in front of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, March 8, 2021. Britain’s royal family is absorbing the tremors from a sensational television interview by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, in which the couple said they encountered racist attitudes and a lack of support that drove Meghan to thoughts of suicide. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Oprah spoke with CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King about her no holds barred interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and shared several unseen clips. 

One topic that was particularly controversial was Meghan and Harry’s claims that a member of the royal family expressed concerns about how “dark” their future son Archie’s skin tone would be. Oprah revealed that while Prince Harry would not share the identity of the member of the royal family who made comments about his future child’s skin color, he did share who wasn’t behind those conversations. 

“He did not share the identity with me, but he wanted to make sure I knew and if I had the opportunity to share it that it was not his grandmother [Queen Elizabeth] nor his grandfather [Prince Philip] that were a part of those conversations,” Oprah shared. 

In one clip, Harry reveals that he feels that even his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, can be manipulated within “the Institution.” He recalled a time surrounding his and Meghan’s announcement that they planned to step down as senior members of the royal family in January 2020, when the queen had invited the couple to join her at Sandringham. The invitation was later rescinded by a member of the queen’s staff, who claimed she was too busy to meet with them. 



UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)


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UNSPECIFIED – UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

“So I rang her, and that night I said, ‘I was thinking about coming anyway, but I hear you’re busy,'” Harry recalled of speaking to the queen. “She said, ‘Yes, there’s something in my diary that I didn’t know.’ I I said, ‘Well, what about the rest of the week?’ She says, ‘That’s busy now, as well.’ OK. I didn’t want to push because I knew what was going on.”

When Oprah asked couldn’t the queen do what she wanted to do, Harry replied, “No, when you’re head of the Firm, there is people around you that give you advice.”

Oprah later joined Gayle and the CBS This Morning team where she expressed what she gleaned about the royal family’s struggles within “the Institution.” 

“I took away from that that there are, as Harry indicated, there are people surrounding the family who are advisers to the family, who have been there for a long time, and that’s a part of the hierarchal structure. And those people have a lot of influence and also input,” Oprah shared. 

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In another clip, Harry says that racism played a big factor in their decision to leave the U.K. 

“It was a large part of it,” he shared in the new clip. He said someone warned him at a fundraiser not to take on the tabloid press, noting that the U.K. was “bigoted.” 

“I said I disagree. If the source of information is corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society,” Harry shared, saying he feels it is the press not the public who are bigoted. 

During Sunday’s broadcast, Meghan and Harry made some shocking claims. Meghan revealed that she suffered from suicidal thoughts while pregnant with son Archie. She said she was told senior members of “the Institution” told her she could not get help. She and Harry both accused an unnamed member of the royal family of questioning “how dark” their future son’s skin tone would be and how that would look for the family. Harry also revealed that his father, Prince Charles, stopped speaking to him for a time.





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