Oprah Defends Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Following 'Megxit'
After the pair's decision to step back as senior royals, close friend Oprah Winfrey has come out in support of their move.
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King both spoke openly of their support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a video published by TMZ.
Oprah previously attended their wedding and is a close friend of Meghan's. She has since also developed a relationship with Prince Harry, noting she is '1,000 percent' in support of their choice to relocate their family to Canada.
Following Prince Harry's first public acknowledgment of their choice during a speech he was giving at an event for his Africa-based youth mental health charity, Sentebale, Oprah said he 'did what he needed to do for his family.'
"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 for him and his family and then he makes that decision... none of us have any right to say anything about that," she said.
In addition to Oprah's comments, Meghan's fellow friend Gale noted that their decision wasn't made in a 'vaccum' and that 'there were a lot of conversations.'
"They didn't make that decisions in a vacuum. There were a lot of conversations, and that's why I thought it was very unfair to say that the Queen was blindsided," she said.
There have been several discussions about it.
Oprah, who is also close friends with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland, continued: "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, take note, this has been going on for months."
"These discussions have been going on for months, so when you've thought about it for months..."
Oprah commended Prince Harry for the way he has handled the aftermath of their decision and the speech he delivered where he spoke honestly about his feelings of 'great sadness'.
"When he gave the charity statement for Sentebale, the last line of his statement where he said, he had to make the decision to back away from his family in order to move forward in peace with his new family..." she said.
"I don't know how they came up with those words, but who doesn't feel that?"
"Who doesn't have feel what it takes to make those decision, to give up everything you've known your whole life, to say 'I am going to choose this new life and what I believe to be the truest vision to myself?'" Oprah continued.
"Who are any of us to stand in judgement of that? That's what I think."
When asked if Prince Harry's choice was 'inspiring' Oprah said she thought he did what was right for him and his family.
The defense comes as prominent royal author Lesie Carroll has asked for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move away from the royal family not to be referred to as 'Megxit', noting that Prince Harry made the decision for his family.
“Meghan and Harry were bullied out of the royal family,” she claimed to Fox News. “Harry did the wise and adult thing by protecting his wife and newborn from a highly toxic environment. The British press doesn’t know how to handle his being a responsible adult instead of the wild child of the past whose screw-ups made headlines for them."
“The Firm just lost two of their globally most popular and brightest stars,” she continued. "The [royal family] may regret their actions. I suspect that the realisation will dawn soon enough that they miss Harry and Meghan… and [their] ‘Diana factor.' They need Harry and Meghan more than the Sussexes need them.”
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