Gayle King Reveals Her Hope for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the Royal Family

Nearly a month after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell tell-all, Gayle King hopes the couple can find a way to unite with the royal family.

By Jess Cohen Apr 01, 2021 3:58 PMTags

Can the royal family make amends with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Gayle King might have some insight. 

While appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show, the journalist spoke openly about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell interview with her best friend, Oprah Winfrey, in which the couple held nothing back while describing their experience with the monarchy. "I think that interview opened up conversations that people weren't prepared to have or didn't want to have," Gayle told host Drew Barrymore on the daytime show's April 1 episode. "But I think, ultimately, it's about a family that wants to be united and be together and I'm hoping that will be the case." 

"Sometimes conversations are very difficult," she said, later adding, "There's nothing healthy when you don't talk, so let's all wish that for all involved in that particular story."

In their March 7 tell-all with Oprah, Meghan and Harry—who are expecting their second child together—detailed the lack of support they received from his family, ultimately leading them to step away from their royal duties. Additionally, the duo told Oprah about a conversation that allegedly took place while Meghan was pregnant about son Archie Harrison's skin tone.

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Though Meghan and Harry did not share who had these conversations with the Duke of Sussex, Oprah later clarified that it was not Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip.

Two days later, on March 9, the Queen broke her silence on the bombshell interview. "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on her behalf. "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."


Prince William also spoke out about the tell-all during a public appearance with Kate Middleton on March 11. Defending the royals, the Duke of Cambridge told reporters, "We are very much not a racist family."

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