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LONDON (AP) — The newest on Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan and Harry, their first since stepping away from royal life.


SYDNEY — Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mentioned the tv interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, bolstered his argument for Australia severing its constitutional ties to the British monarchy.

Turnbull met the couple in April 2018 4 months earlier than he was changed by the present Prime Minister Scott Morrison in an inside energy battle.

“It’s clearly an sad household or a minimum of Meghan and Harry are sad. It appears very unhappy,” Turnbull informed Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“After the tip of the queen’s reign, that’s the time for us to say: OK, we’ve handed that watershed. Do we actually need to have whoever occurs to be the pinnacle of state of — the king or queen of the U.Ok., robotically our head of state?” Turnbull added.

Britain’s monarch is Australia’s head of state.

Turnbull was a number one advocate for Australia choosing an Australian citizen as its head of state when he was chairman of the Australian Republican Motion from 1993 to 2000.

A referendum on Australia turning into a republic was defeated in 1999, regardless of opinion polls displaying that the majority Australians believed that their nation ought to have an Australian head of state.

Many advocates of an Australian republic need a U.S. system the place the president is popularly elected fairly than serving in a figure-head function as proposed in 1999.

Morrison was not questioned in regards to the royal interview throughout a press convention on Tuesday.


LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan reached an estimated 17.1 million viewers in the US on Sunday.

That is in keeping with preliminary numbers from the Nielsen firm. Winfrey guided the 2 as they mentioned racism and dysfunction contained in the royal household in a two-hour particular on CBS.

Nielsen mentioned it had the most important viewers for any prime-time leisure particular thus far this tv season.

Within the interview, Meghan mentioned she thought-about suicide, whereas Harry mentioned he and his household had been “trapped” in an oppressive establishment.


WASHINGTON — The White Home is emphasizing America’s “particular partnership” with the U.Ok. authorities within the wake of the bombshell interview wherein Prince Harry and Meghan alleged racism and widespread misconduct throughout the royal household.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki was requested Monday if, given their relationship with Harry and Meghan, President Joe Biden and his spouse Jill had any response to the interview. She mentioned that Meghan’s resolution to discuss her struggles with psychological well being “takes braveness” and mentioned “that’s definitely one thing the president believes in.” However she mentioned she wouldn’t provide further touch upon the scenario “given these are non-public residents, sharing their very own story and their very own struggles.”

Psaki added that the U.S. has “a powerful and abiding relationship with the British individuals and a particular partnership with the federal government of the UK on a spread of points, and that may proceed.”


LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is refusing to touch upon the explosive allegations of racism and dysfunction contained in the royal household made by Prince Harry and Meghan in a tv interview.

Requested in regards to the interview at a coronavirus information convention, Johnson mentioned he had “all the time had the very best admiration for the queen and the unifying function that she performs in our nation and throughout the Commonwealth.”

However he mentioned “with regards to issues to do with the royal household the precise factor for a first-rate minister to say is nothing.”

In distinction, Keir Starmer, chief of the primary opposition Labour Celebration, says the palace has to take the allegations critically.

“The problems that Meghan has raised of racism and psychological well being are actually severe points,” he mentioned. “It’s a reminder that too many individuals expertise racism in Twenty first-century Britain.”


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LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey has revealed that whereas Harry wouldn’t say who within the royal household made feedback about his son’s pores and skin shade, he did share who hadn’t.

Showing Monday on “CBS This Morning,” Winfrey mentioned Harry informed her neither his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, nor his grandfather, Prince Philip, had been a part of conversations about Archie’s pores and skin tone.

“He didn’t share the identification with me, however he wished to ensure I knew and if I had the chance to share it that it was not his grandmother nor his grandfather,” Winfrey mentioned.

In her bombshell interview which aired Sunday, Meghan described that when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there have been “considerations and conversations about how darkish his pores and skin could be when he’s born.”

The Duchess of Sussex declined to say who had this dialog with Harry that he relayed to her, saying revealing their identify could be “very damaging.”


LOS ANGELES — Tennis star Serena Williams says she’s “proud” of Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Williams referred to as Meghan “my selfless good friend” in an Instagram put up after the sit-down aired Sunday evening within the U.S. praising the Duchess of Sussex as “courageous.”

“I do know it’s by no means straightforward,” Williams mentioned within the caption. “You’re strong- each you and Harry.”

Meghan revealed within the interview that she skilled suicidal ideas after becoming a member of the royal household. She additionally mentioned there have been considerations throughout the palace whereas she was pregnant with son Archie about how darkish his pores and skin could be.

Williams mentioned Meghan’s phrases “illustrate the ache and cruelty” Meghan has skilled.

“I do know first hand the sexism and racism establishments and the media use to vilify ladies and folks of shade to reduce us, to interrupt us down and demonize us,” Williams wrote. “The psychological well being penalties of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too typically deadly.”

Williams mentioned she desires her daughter, Meghan’s daughter and “your daughter,” referring to readers, “to reside in a society that’s pushed by respect.”


AUCKLAND, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister says the nation is unlikely to grow to be a republic anytime quickly or in any other case break from observing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was requested by a reporter whether or not the unflattering image of the British royal household painted by Harry and Meghan had given her pause about New Zealand’s constitutional ties to Britain.

“I’ve mentioned earlier than that I’ve not sensed an urge for food from New Zealanders for vital change in our constitutional preparations, and I don’t anticipate that’s more likely to change shortly,” she mentioned.

Requested whether or not Harry and Meghan had ever inquired about dwelling in New Zealand, Ardern mentioned they hadn’t in any official capability, so far as she was conscious.

And requested about her private friendship with Meghan for the reason that couple toured the nation in 2018, Ardern mentioned she had stored in contact.

“However finally, the issues which are being canvassed right here I see as for Meghan and Harry to reply to immediately. These are issues about their private lives and their private choices, and I don’t assume it deserves a commentary from anybody else,” she mentioned.


LOS ANGELES — Prince Harry says he was “trapped” within the royal household earlier than Meghan helped free him.

Oprah Winfrey requested Harry of their interview airing Sunday evening whether or not he would have stepped down from his royal duties if he had by no means met Meghan.

“I wouldn’t have been capable of,” the Duke of Sussex replied, “as a result of I personally was trapped as nicely” till “the second that I met Meg.”

Meghan mentioned allegations that the couple’s departure was as a consequence of her scheming made no sense.

“I left my profession, my life. I left every little thing as a result of I really like him,” she mentioned. “Our plan was to do that endlessly.”

Harry mentioned “we did every little thing we did to make it work” and would by no means have left had the palace been supportive of Meghan.

Harry additionally mentioned his household reduce him off financially in early 2020 after they introduced they had been eschewing their duties, and that they had been solely capable of depart due to the cash left him by his mom, the late Princess Diana.

Harry says Diana would have been “very offended at how this has performed out, and unhappy. However finally, all she’d ever need is for us to be joyful.”


LOS ANGELES — Meghan and Harry say their second baby is a woman.

The 2 made the revelation of their interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday evening, a uncommon constructive second in a dialog that dwelt totally on their struggles throughout the royal household.

Their first baby, son Archie, turns 2 in Might.

Harry mentioned “to have a boy after which a woman, what extra are you able to ask for? However now we’ve obtained our household. We’ve obtained the 4 of us and our two canine.”

Harry, carrying a grey go well with as he sat subsequent to his spouse at a distance from Winfrey, joined the interview after Meghan talked to Winfrey alone. He denied blindsiding the queen with the information that he and Meghan had been stepping down from their royal duties, saying it was preceded by a number of conversations.

“I’ve by no means blindsided my grandmother,” Harry mentioned. “I’ve an excessive amount of respect for her.”

He did nonetheless say that his father, Prince Charles, has stopped taking his calls.


LOS ANGELES — Meghan Markle informed Oprah Winfrey that she had suicidal ideas after marrying Prince Harry, and the palace prevented her from getting assist.

Meghan informed Winfrey within the interview airing Sunday evening that she “simply didn’t see an answer” to the psychological struggling she had skilled since becoming a member of the royal household and that she informed Harry she “didn’t need to be alive anymore.”

She mentioned she went to a senior royal staffer and mentioned she wanted to get assist for her psychological well being, however was informed it will be unhealthy for the household if she did.

She described the second as a breaking level resulting in her and Harry stepping other than their royal duties.

Meghan mentioned she “wasn’t planning to say something stunning” in the course of the interview, “I am simply telling you what occurred.”


LOS ANGELES — Meghan Markle informed Oprah Winfrey that she realized quickly after marrying Prince Harry that she discovered that the establishment of the royal household wouldn’t shield her.

Of their pre-taped interview on Sunday evening, Meghan informed Winfrey that “not solely was I not being protected, however they had been prepared to lie to guard different family members, however they weren’t prepared to inform the reality to guard me and my husband.” She didn’t give particular examples.

She mentioned when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there have been “considerations and conversations about how darkish his pores and skin could be when he’s born.” The assertion led Winfrey to ask “What,” incredulously and sit in silence for a second.

Meghan declined to say who had this dialog with Harry that he relayed to her, saying revealing their identify could be “very damaging.”

Meghan additionally mentioned she was shocked when she was informed he wouldn’t be a prince and wouldn’t obtain safety from the palace.

Meghan mentioned she didn’t fear about being a divorced, mixed-race American actress coming into the British royal household, however later she “considered it as a result of they made me give it some thought.”

Meghan mentioned it was not a lot the royal relations themselves who handled her this fashion, however the individuals behind the establishment.

She emphasised that the queen herself “has all the time been great to me.”

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