John Oliver Calls Out the Royal Family for "Refusing to Evolve" After Meghan Markle Tell-All

In his first comments about the British monarchy since his prescient 2018 warning to Meghan Markle went viral, John Oliver criticized the royal family for "refusing to evolve."

By Ryan Gajewski Mar 16, 2021 6:25 AMTags

John Oliver is discussing the royal family for the first time since his resurfaced interview about Meghan Markle went viral. 

The Last Week Tonight star visited The Tonight Show on Monday, March 15, where he and host Jimmy Fallon debated Oprah Winfrey's bombshell-laden March 7 sit-down with Meghan and husband Prince Harry

"It was amazing," John shared about the explosive Oprah interview that led to a litany of headlines. "I mean, I will say, I didn't find any of it surprising. That was kind of what I felt, sadly, her experience was going to be going in because, you know, I grew up, I know the royal family from a distance and they seemed like flawed people. That's literally the kindest way I can possibly put it."

His response is an apparent reference to his resurfaced chat with Stephen Colbert from John's 2018 visit to The Late Show. During that exchange, which went viral last week following Oprah's special, John voiced that Meghan appeared to be "marrying into a family that could cause her some emotional complications."

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During John's' new appearance on The Tonight Show, Jimmy asked John whether he thinks the Meghan and Harry's recent comments could lead to any change for the royal family. 

"It's hard to say, isn't it?" John replied. "Because the royal family, its whole selling point is that it doesn't change. That was kind of the point of it over centuries, that times come and go, governments rise and fall, but the royal family will always be there, unyielding. The stiff upper lip that doesn't wobble. So, that's their selling point."

The comedian continued, "As years go by, you realize that not changing is not entirely a good thing. Because that means the times might be changing around you, and you are refusing to evolve. So I don't think they will change because I don't think they have the capacity to. But they obviously should."

Watch the full interview in the video above to hear John's comments about Prince Philip and Prince Andrew

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