It was arguably the most explosive royal interview of this decade, but the Queen thought Harry and Meghan’s tell-all appearance on Oprah Winfrey was just “television nonsense”.
Her late Majesty’s withering assessment of the immaculately stage-managed Hollywood sit down of the Sussexes with chat show royalty Oprah has been revealed in a new biography.
Gyles Brandreth’s Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait claims the Queen was more concerned with her grandson’s wellbeing than the TV show.
Fascinating extracts revealed in the Mail on Sunday from Mr Brandreth’s book highlight how a forgiving and open-minded monarch wasn’t ruffled by the pair’s revelatory outbursts on camera.
Meghan was not of course disparaging of the Queen either in the interview with Oprah, saying at the time she had ‘always been wonderful to me”.
But some of the cosy chat under the sunshine in Santa Barbara County, California, definitely left some burn marks on the reputation of the Royal Family.
Meghan spoke of an unnamed member of the institution discussing “how dark” her and Harry’s son Archie’s skin might be, leading to some speculating if a royal was being racist.
The member of the Royal Family who Harry and Meghan claim had the conversation has never been named.
At one point during the interview Meghan also discussed her mental health when she was part of the Royal Family and alluded to suicidal thoughts.
Despite the apparent damaging nature of the interview and the upcoming release of Harry’s tell-all memoir, a Netflix documentary, and Meghan’s podcasts, Mr Brandreth’s book paints of picture of a Queen who would not have been overly concerned.
The book claims the Queen was careful to remind other royals of their own dalliances giving primetime interviews, although it’s also noted that these days any mention of the Sussexes in royal circles is met with a brief smile and a curt “we wish them all the best”.
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah drew criticism from some wider circles and was reportedly booed at that year’s National Television Awards when shown on screen. It was nominated in the US for a Primetime Emmy Award and a People’s Choice Award.