Last night, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the UK (and after pulling in 17 million viewers in the US the day before, we imagine the numbers to be equally impressive this side of the pond). At times, the conversation was hard to watch, with Meghan bravely speaking out about the racism she experienced from within the royal household and tabloid press.
Meghan revealed that she struggled with suicidal thoughts while pregnant with their son Archie and that there were ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ his skin would be when he was born.
Prince Harry meanwhile that his late mother Princess Diana would be ‘sad and angry about how this has panned out’.
Little Mix star Leigh-Anne said: ‘As it’s international women’s day, I wish to send my love and support to Meghan. Too often we disregard a women’s emotions and mental strength. No more. Today, I urge anyone within a position where by they feel silenced, underrated, overlooked or less than to speak up and speak out.
‘It was the best thing I ever did and I know there are women all around the world holding pain within, out of fear of not being heard and taken seriously. We owe it to each other as women to stand together and put a stop to gender inequality and race inequality. 🖤’
New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern said she had not sensed an appetite for “significant change” to the country’s constitutional arrangements.
When asked if the picture painted of the royal family in the interview had given her pause, she said: “I’ve said before that, you know, I’ve not sensed an appetite from New Zealanders for significant change in our constitutional arrangements, and I don’t expect that that’s likely to change quickly from New Zealanders.”
The polarity is precisely the issue. The difference in treatment between Meghan and Kate is one of the clearest examples of the misogynoir at play & is a reminder that if they can do that to a Duchess, it’s happening to Black women *everyday*#OprahMeghanHarry#BlackWomenAtWork
— brittany packnett cunningham has 3 names. (@MsPackyetti) March 8, 2021
Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light–they missed out on it.
— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) March 8, 2021
I recommend … Meghan & Harry’s courageous interview w @Oprah When someone’s brave enough to ask for help, we must listen. I sit on the board of @Gotcha_4_Life – an organization dedicated to mental fitness. They can help. You are not alone. #HarryandMeghan #archewellfoundation pic.twitter.com/vicpT6vFD4
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 8, 2021
Harry should take Meghan’s last name
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 8, 2021
HAPPY MEGHAN MARKLE APPRECIATION DAY
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 7, 2021