After days of speculation and headlines, the interview we’ve all been waiting for – The exclusive Oprah with Meghan and Harry – finally aired on CBS and it didn’t disappoint as no topic was off the table. From the truth about her relationship with Kate and the Queen, to the state of her mental health and even the sex of their unborn baby, the interview is one of the most jaw-dropping TV spectacles of modern times. The couple shared bombshell after bombshell of their experiences within the royal family and revealed why they believe racism toward Meghan is truly at the core of many of their problems.
The interview finally gave Meghan the chance to speak on her own terms after weeks of what her friends and team dub ‘a calculated smear campaign’ rumbled in the press. And now, Meghan’s inner circle and famous friends are rallying around the Duchess of Sussex.
From Serena Williams’s post of solidarity to her Suits’s team’s unwavering support, here are all the famous friends who have come out in support of Meghan…
Tennis star Serena Williams has come out in support for her “selfless friend” following the royal couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, noting that Meghan “teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble”.
In a tweet, she wrote: “I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.
“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Daniel Martin, the beauty guru responsible for Meghan’s makeup on her wedding day, shared a picture of the pair on Instagram, alongside a poem from Maya Angelou, which read: “You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
Chrissy Teigen, who has suffered with baby loss herself, took to Twitter in her classic outspoken fashion and wrote: “This Meghan Markle s**t is hitting too close to home for me. These people won’t stop until she miscarries. F**king stop it.”
Perhaps the most shocking revelation from the interview was surrounding Meghan’s mental health and how at times she felt like she no longer wanted to live.
“It was almost unsurvivable,” she revealed. “My mum said, they’re not protecting you. I was ashamed to have to admit it to Harry because of how much loss he’s suffered but I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
Describing how she considered ending her life believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan said: “I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. I remember how he just cradled me. I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that “I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere”. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution”.
American activist Brittany Packnett tweeted in solidarity, writing: “Trigger warning: suicide. Them denying her help for mental distress and suicide ideation is one of the sickest things I’ve ever heard. It is SO so hard to reach out and ask for help. I know this personally and intimately. This is so triggering.”
From the outset, both Meghan and Harry wanted to be clear that this was a chance to set the record straight about erroneous press reports. Starting with a widely reported story that Meghan left her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, in tears over a bridesmaid dress fitting with Princess Charlotte. Meghan tells Oprah that it was in fact Kate who made Meghan cry and that she apologised for it.
Brittany also shared her views on this topic, tweeting: “The polarity is precisely the issue. The difference in treatment between Meghan and Kate is one of the clearest examples of the misogynoir at play & is a reminder that if they can do that to a Duchess, it’s happening to Black women *everyday*”.
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Her former Suits costar Patrick J. Adams has been showing his support for Meghan all week via a lengthy Twitter thread, calling out the Royal family for “promoting and amplifying accusations of bullying.'”
“Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league,” he wrote.
The niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris showed her support for Meghan ahead of the interview airing, writing: “Happy Meghan Markle appreciation day.”
She later tweeted, “She was suicidal and begged for help”, referring to Meghan’s confession, and “Her Majesty The Queen Oprah.”
Another of her Suits family showed his support as Director Silver Tree, posted a moving note about Meghan: “When my son was going through a scary, complicated diagnosis she is the friend who stopped everything and helped map out, step by step, how we would navigate things,” wrote Tree. “She called all the people, all the places when I was too paralyzed to form a plan. That’s another one of her gifts- making you feel like you can get through anything.”
Meghan dropped the bombshell that put race front and centre of the conversation and confirmed that there was indeed an element of racism towards Meghan within the Royal family:
“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we have in tandem, the conversation of “He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title,” and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”, Meghan revealed to a shocked Oprah.
Arguably the most damning allegation against the firm was of racism, when Meghan revealed there were “several conversations” about her son Archie’s skin tone.
Bernice King, the youngest child of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King, tweeted: “Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism.
“I’m grateful that #MeghanMarkle is still here.”