Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview triggers celebs’ own stories of racism and sexism

In the highly anticipated two-hour interview, Meghan and Prince Harry sat down with the onetime queen of daytime, Oprah Winfrey, to talk about the factors that contributed to their decision to step away from royal life in early 2020.


While the masses and the media debated the ramifications of Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, many of the celebrity reactions to the CBS special carried an undertone of sadness, along with a sprinkling of anger and humor.

Friends and supporters including tennis star Serena Williams, poet Amanda Gorman and “The Bachelor” star Matt James were among those sharing their thoughts.

Williams, who said she knows “first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color,” posted on Instagram, “I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.”


Gorman tweeted, “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.”

“Not surprised at all by what I’m hearing,” James tweeted, “just a sad reminder.”

Read on for more celebrity reactions to “Oprah With Meghan and Harry,” which, according to the Wall Street Journal, CBS paid at least $7 million to license. (The TV audience of 17.1 million viewers, by the way, was larger than that for the most recent Emmy Awards and Golden Globes broadcasts combined.)

Oprah Winfrey’s sit-down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lays bare Britain’s divides over race, class and culture.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a much-anticipated interview on Sunday. Here are the key takeaways.