How U.S. politicians and media personalities reacted to Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview
The interview touched on issues including racism, mental health and even unions.
Oprah Winfrey’s CBS interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, dealt with not only royal family drama, but political issues that have American politicians and media personalities talking.
During the interview, Meghan spoke about the racism she and her family faced because she is biracial. She also spoke about her personal struggles with mental health and how unions protect workers (“At my old job, there was a union and they would protect me,” she said, referencing her time as an actress).
Here are some of the political reactions to the interview:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., referenced Meghan’s comment about unions and tweeted that “everyone” needs them.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., quoted Meghan’s comments about unions and tweeted in support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill that would strengthen protections for workers to organize.
“At my old job there was a union and they would protect me.” - Meghan Markle— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) March 8, 2021
As it so happens, this week @HouseDemocrats will be passing The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), because EVERYONE should have protection in their workplace.
Former Fox News and NBC anchor Megyn Kelly wasn’t impressed with the interview. She said Meghan and Harry were “privileged people wallowing in their own (perceived) victimhood.”
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? https://t.co/TTIiLhw9uD— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) March 8, 2021
Conservative radio host Erick Erickson accused Harry and Meghan of wanting to “cancel the Royal Family.”
Online, many responded to Erickson’s tweet by noting that the American Revolution was an act of canceling the British royal family back in 1776, including Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.
My hot take is that the American Revolution was good. https://t.co/ONiTBIBsWa— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 8, 2021
Schatz also retweeted New York Times reporter Nick Confessore, who wondered why populists were being protective of the monarchy following Meghan’s complaints about racism.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., retweeted Piers Morgan, who brought up accusations that Meghan bullied staff members.
Remember the golden rule of Twitter: Meghan Markle's young female bullying victims that she reportedly drove out of the Palace are not to be believed - but every word SHE says about being bullied or a victim must be.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021
Buckingham Palace said it was investigating the allegations of Meghan’s alleged bullying, and in a statement, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said Meghan was “saddened by this latest attack on her character.”
Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence under President Donald Trump, called Meghan “the classic American woke progressive.”
Meghan Markle is the classic American woke progressive.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 8, 2021
She doesn’t want to do the work but is outraged she doesn’t get the freebies.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted a link to a story about Meghan saying she thought of suicide because she was so unhappy, along with the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for anyone who has also had those feelings.
If you saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview and thought, “Sometimes I feel like Meghan, and I no longer want to live,” please know that help is a text or phone call away. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. https://t.co/U2EvDhNkOb— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) March 8, 2021
And the White House even weighed in. On Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said it took courage for the couple to tell their story about mental health struggles.
“That’s certainly something the president believes, and he’s talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they’re committed too,” Psaki said. She said the White House would provide no additional comment on the interview because Meghan and Harry were private citizens.
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki on Harry and Meghan: ‘For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage. That's certainly something the president believes’ pic.twitter.com/q4XLGBN9yc— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 8, 2021