Oprah Winfrey was in New York City with Gayle King when TMZ approached the duo to share their thoughts on Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back.
“I support them 1,000 percent,” Oprah Winfrey told TMZ.
“You know why I support them? I support them because I believe, when you have thought about this as long as they have — and even in the Queen’s statement [she] says, ‘This has been going on for months,’ these discussions have been going on for months — and when Harry said in that charity statement the other day [that] he had to make the decision to move forward in peace with his new family, who doesn’t feel what that takes to make that decision to give up everything you’ve known your whole life to say I’m going to choose this new life or what I believe to be the truest vision for myself?”
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🎥| @fantashamw . In a video published by TMZ, Oprah said that she supported the Sussexes '1,000 per cent' in their decision to step back from the royal family, adding that she believes Prince Harry 'did what he needed to do for his family. I don't think anybody else has any right to say anything, when a person has sat and thought about what is the best decision for him and his family, and then he makes that decision… none of us have any right to say anything about that.' . . Meanwhile Gayle commented saying: 'Prince Harry didn't make that decisions in a vacuum. There were a lot of conversations.' . . . #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex #royalfamily #britishroyals #royals #princeharry #archie
“Who are any of us to stand in judgment of that?” Oprah Winfrey told TMZ. “He did what he needed to do for his family. I don’t think anybody has any right to say anything. When a person has thought what is the best decision to make for my family and then he makes that decision — none of us have any right to say anything about that.”
King added, “They didn’t make the decision in a vacuum. There were a lot of conversations. That’s why I thought it was very unfair to say the Queen was blindsided. Even the Queen’s own statement said these conversations have been going on for months. I don’t think she’s being treated fairly, I don’t. I think she is sweet, she is loving, she is kind. She’s extremely generous with her time and her spirit, and I wish we heard more about that.”
Speaking at a charity fundraiser on Sunday, January 19, Prince Harry addressed the decision for the first time. “It brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry said. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.”