Celebs react to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview

See what the stars had to say — both supportive and critical — about Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on CBS on March 7, 2021, starting with this tennis great… “Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what is means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced. I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism,” she continued. “The mental health consequences of systematic oppression and victimization are devastation, isolating and all too often lethal.” –Serena Williams

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“I watched M & H sit down. Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless. I’m a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you.” —Bethenny Frankel, following her criticism of Duchess Meghan ahead of the interview

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“Fully on the Sussex’s side here & so happy they made the break! Need more info about William – sounds really bad. Also – we need the return of the big Oprah interview” —Andy Cohen

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“For Harry to have caused so much hurt to his grandmother the Queen at a time when her husband lies seriously ill in hospital, is just appalling. When it comes to mental health, it appears Meghan and Harry only care about themselves. … Well if she knows who it was, @Oprah should tell us. Otherwise all the other royals get viewed with the same racist suspicion [over the Sussexes’ claims a royal family member brought up their future kids’ skin color]. … I wouldn’t believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report. … This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful. #OprahMeghanHarry” –Piers Morgan

“We got your back, honey…..we’ve got more Queens than they do 😀” –Leslie Jordan, who also said in the accompanying Instagram video, “Miss Markle, the gays have got your back.”

“Meghan is in her bag. ‘If you can see it, you can be it.’ … Not surprised at all by what I’m hearing, just a sad reminder.” –”The Bachelor” star Matt James

“UK media tomorrow trying to pretend today’s interview was offensive, when actually it was pretty dignified and protective over those who did the worst.” –Jameela Jamil, alongside a video of a cat drinking water from a faucet

“Monarchy has been an archaic and toxic concept since 1776.” –Meghan McCain, alongside a GIF from “Hamilton”

“Such a moving interview. @Oprah remains the absolute best to ever do it. Love that they got out since it will be better for everyone. So happy Meghan got her voice back after having it silenced. Her voice is one we need more of. Love their love #HarryandMeghanonOprah” –Chrishell Stause

“Oprah stayed too broad-I wanted more: ‘who?…Be specific…what exactly did they say? Who was jealous of M after Australia? How did u know that? What do you mean ur family hasn’t ‘educated themselves’ the way u have? They’re racists? WHO?’ Eventually they’d have to get specific. … Harry refuses to say who in his family was concerned about the color H&M’s kids’ skin would be. So they’ve basically thrown the entire Royal family under the bus – w/Harry adding they haven’t done ‘the work’ he’s done in educating himself. … In which M & H pretend that no royal has had it worse in the press than they have. Give me a break. Have you ever seen such privileged people wallowing in their own (perceived) victimhood like this?” –Megyn Kelly

“The tabloids are HOSTED by the palace?!?!?!?!?! WHEW #HarryandMeghanonOprah” –Gabrielle Union

“Sadly, Meghan wasn’t prepared to tell us who made these alleged comments about Archie’s skin colour? I believe she has a responsibility to tell us. Shame on @Oprah for not pushing it more. It’s a HUGE accusation!” –Boy George

“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

“I was a happier person when @oprah was on TV every day.” –Billy Eichner

“‘It’s the strength that causes the confusion and the fear,'” filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted, quoting Princess Diana from a clip of her explaining why she clashed with the royal family. She also praised Oprah WInfrey’s interview skills. “Her interview skill set is at peak and epic proportions. That was a master class. #HarryandMeghanonOprah.”

“What does The Firm do now?” –Brooklyn Decker

“Tonight I am reminded how much I miss watching @Oprah everyday. Really upset that I took that time of life for granted! #OprahMeghanHarry” –Ben Higgins

“You know why Black women believe Meghan? Because we know exactly what micro aggressions look like. And how they slowly drive you insane. #OprahMeghanHarry” –Nina Parker

“Harry should take Meghan’s last name” —Sarah Silverman

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but @Oprah is the Queen of America, right? #MeghanandHarryonOprah” –Wells Adams

“It’s true what Meghan Markle told @Oprah, we don’t know what goes on in people’s lives behind closed doors. That’s something we can all remember.” –Maria Shriver

“Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism. #MeghanMarkle” –Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

“Among the revelations from the Meghan and Harry interview is Meghan’s struggle with mental health. Her honesty will hopefully lead to more acceptance and more help for those who need it. #OprahMeghanHarry” –Billie Jean King

“‘You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.’ #mayaangelou ❤️ #loveislove” –celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin

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