Oprah Winfrey has urged critics of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to keep their opinions to themselves, insisting she support’s Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from the royal family “1000 per cent”.
The media mogul is friends with the couple, notably attending its wedding back in 2018, and working with the British royal on an upcoming mental health TV series.
In footage obtained by TMZ, the former talk show host insisted that Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, “did what he needed to do for his family” and “thought about it for months”.
In the candid clip, which also features Oprah’s best friend, TV host Gayle King, she added: “I support them 1000 per cent. I support them because I believe that when you have thought about this as long as they have, and even in the queen’s statement ― everyone take note ― where the queen says, this has been going on for months.
“Who doesn’t feel what that takes to make that decision, to give up everything you’ve known in your whole life, to say, ‘I am going to choose this new life and what I believe to be the truest vision for myself?’” she continued. “I don’t think anybody else has any right to say anything, when a person has sat and thought about what is the best decision I’m gonna make for my family ― and then he makes that decision ― none of us have any right to say anything about that.”
Both Oprah and Gayle denied that Harry made the decision without speaking to the royal family of some time, with the CBS This Morning host commenting, “There were a lot of conversations,” adding that it “wasn’t fair” to say that the royal family was “blindsided” when they’ve known this was a possibility for several months.
Oprah, who previously denied reports that she and former U.S. President Barack Obama were advising the royal couple, added that, “Everybody’s known for months that this was happening.”