Serena Williams and Bernice King lead public support for Meghan and Harry after Oprah interview


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Several celebrities in the United States have expressed their support for Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after the couple made several astonishing revelations about the British royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday night, providing much more contrast mixed reaction to interview in UK

Highlights

Referring to Meghan as her ‘selfless friend’, tennis superstar Serena Williams tweeted “Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she suffered … I know firsthand [sic] sexist and racist institutions and the media use it to defame women and people of color in order to minimize, break and demonize us.

Poet Amanda Gorman Noted that Meghan was the ‘greatest opportunity for change, regeneration and reconciliation of the British monarchy in a new era’, and said she missed the opportunity by mistreating the Duchess.

Civil rights activist and daughter of Dr Martin Luther King, Bernice King, took a more scathing tone, Tweeter: “Royalty is not a shield against the devastation and despair of racism.”

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay simply quoted Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, from his infamous interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir, tweeting: “It is force that causes confusion and fear.”

Sports journalist Jemele Hill expressed empathy for Meghan tweeting: “So many women of color can relate to the exhausting experience of having your worth and your existence constantly questioned and examined.”

Author and journalist Jelani Cobb tweeted: “We can’t be shocked that the crown that presided over a global colonial slave system is a little bit racist, is it?

Tangent

While several high profile American figures have expressed their support for Meghan and Harry, many also took to Twitter to praise the way Oprah Winfrey handled the interview. CNN’s Chris Hayes wrote he didn’t quite understand Oprah’s “singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer” until he did, adding, “She’s legit on another level.” Journalist Lydia Polgreen rang: “America has a queen and her name is Oprah Winfrey. I don’t make the rules. On a similar note Meena Harris, author and niece of the US Vice President tweeted “Her Majesty Queen Oprah.”

Chief critic

Journalist Megyn Kelly aimed harry for refusing to reveal which royal made a comment about their baby’s skin color, “So they basically threw the whole royals under the bus,” and added: “Oprah stayed too wide – wanted more . “

Further reading

‘Devastating allegations’: British press react to Harry-Meghan’s interview with Oprah (Forbes)

Meghan struggling with suicidal thoughts after marrying Harry, she tells Oprah (Forbes)

Palace had ‘concerns’ over how dark Harry and Meghan’s son would be, says Meghan (Forbes)



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