CBS This Morning aired additional portions of Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan on Monday, including one clip where Harry talked about the role of racism in he and wife Meghan’s decision to leave the country.
“Did you leave the country because of racism?” Winfrey asked.
“It was a large part of it,” Harry said.
Harry then shared an anecdote of what happened at a fundraiser as he was taking on the British tabloids.
“One of the people at that dinner said to me, ‘Please don’t. Please don’t do this with the media.’ They will destroy your life. This person is friends with a lot of the editors. So I said, ‘Just elaborate by what you mean by that?’ He said, ‘You need to understand the UK is very bigoted.’ I stopped and I said, ‘The UK is not bigoted. The UK press is bigoted, specifically the tabloids. Is that what you mean?’ He goes, ‘No, the UK is bigoted.’ And I said, ‘I completely disagree.’ But unfortunately if the source of the information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society.”
Winfrey said on CBS This Morning that the couple’s revelation that there had been a member or members of the monarchy who expressed concerns about their baby’s skin tone “surprised me.” In her solo interview, Meghan told Winfrey about the conversations, and Winfrey expressed a bit of shock.
“I was surprised that they were telling me about it,” Winfrey said.
In their interview, Harry declined to disclose details of the conversation, but Winfrey said that he told her off camera that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip, his grandparents.
There had been weeks of anticipation over the interview, conducted in Santa Barbara at the home of one of Winfrey’s friends. She said that a challenge was trimming it down from three hours, 20 minutes to the two hour primetime frame.
But even the portions that didn’t make the primetime cut provided a fascinating insight into the royal household, as Harry and Meghan described a symbiotic relationship between “The Firm,” the nickname for the monarchy, and the tabloids. The couple described the relentless attacks by the press and the refusal of the monarchy to go on the record and respond to defend them.
Still, they both were relatively reverential toward the Queen, but suggested that there is the institution of the monarchy that holds tremendous sway.
“I took away from that … that there are people surrounding the family who are advisers to the family who have been there for a long time, and that is a part of the hierarchical structure, and those people have a lot of influence and also input,” Winfrey said.
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