Meghan Markle's Former TV Industry Peers Have Chance To Defend Her Against Monarchy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview attacking the monarchy has been nominated for an Emmy—with members from her old career in TV casting the votes.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked a global conversation about racism and royalty but faced a backlash from the British media, who questioned the credibility of some statements.

Piers Morgan, who quit ITV show Good Morning Britain after saying he did not believe her account of feeling suicidal, went so far as to say "17 claims" by Harry and Meghan in the interview were untrue.

Now the chance to forever enshrine the bombshell special in the TV history books comes via the Emmy Awards, at which it will be figures from Meghan's former acting profession, rather than journalists, who give their verdict.

The duchess said an unnamed royal expressed concern about how dark their unborn child's skin might be during the March 7 prime time interview.

Meghan told Oprah she experienced suicidal thoughts amid negative press coverage in January 2019 and said Kate Middleton made her cry in the days before her wedding.

Prince Harry also accused Prince Charles of avoiding his calls and cutting him off financially after they quit royal duties.

However, the couple experienced a concerted fightback in Britain where media organizations attempted to punch holes in factual claims made during the show.

The backlash spanning newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Daily Telegraph covered subjects as varied as whether Prince Charles cycled with Harry on the back of his bicycle, whether the couple had a private wedding prior to their public ceremony and whether Meghan was correct in saying she "left the house twice in four months."

The tell-all, officially titled Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special."

It is up against My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell and Vice.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Interview
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview by Oprah Winfrey for their CBS prime time special broadcast on March 7, 2021. The tell-all was watched across the world and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions

However, Hollywood has closed ranks behind Meghan and Harry at times of conflict with the royal family and the media before.

Friend George Clooney said she was "pursued and vilified" like Princess Diana in February 2019, Sky News reported.

Brad Pitt also embarrassed Prince William in February 2020 after being awarded a BAFTA for Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood.

The actor did not make the ceremony but when co-star Margot Robbie collected the award on his behalf she read out a message he wrote.

With BAFTA president Prince William and Kate Middleton in the audience, she said: "He says he is going to name this 'Harry,' because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words, not mine."

Vanity Fair reported the joke earned an awkward laugh from the Duke of Cambridge and it came a month after Harry and Meghan announced their exit plans to the world.

The Emmy Awards website states that "final-round voting is open to all eligible members based on their peer group" with 16,000 voting members in total.

Those allowed to vote in the relevant category will have the opportunity to give the royals another awkward moment at the ceremony in September, if they endorse the biggest bombshell faced by the Monarchy since the 1990s.

Two days after the interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day. The Befrienders Worldwide website lists suicide support services around the world.

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Newspapers Cover Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Interview

British newspapers after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 08, 2021 in London, England.
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