Harry and Meghan with Oprah Winfrey
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MORE THAN 800,000 people in Ireland tuned in to RTÉ2 last night to watch Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The televisual hodgepodge of palace intrigues in which the couple revealed their brief lives as working royal couples drew 725,000 people who tuned in to watch the two-hour interview.
Another 96,000 people saw it on the RTÉ player.
Meghan and Harry claimed in the interview that a family member – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – made a racist comment about their unborn son.
Palace officials reportedly had a prepared statement highlighting the family’s love and concern for the couple, but it was not signed by the queen.
The Times reported that the monarch wanted more time to ponder her response to the long interview.
Winfrey had remained open-mouthed when the Duchess – the first multiracial member of the modern monarchy – said a fellow king was concerned about how dark her son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.
The interview was broadcast to the US audience on Sunday night before it was shown in the UK and Ireland last night.
During the candid interview, Meghan suggested that her son was not made a prince because of his race – although the rules laid down by George V meant he wasn’t eligible to be one.
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She also spoke of suicidal thoughts, but her help with the monarchy was refused.
Today it has been a year since Meghan and Harry made their last official public engagement as senior working royals and attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki praised Harry and Meghan’s courage when asked if US President Joe Biden had seen the interview.
Psaki told journalists yesterday: “Anyone who comes up, talks about their own mental health struggles and tells their own personal story takes courage.
“That is certainly something the president believes.”