Is Piers Morgan right that Meghan Markle's Oprah interview was 'spectacularly self-serving'?


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  • Piers Morgan is a British journalist and television star who hosted the show “Piers Morgan Tonight” from 2011 to 2014. He is also known for his roles on “America’s Got Talent” and “Britain’s Got Talent” as well as the editor of The Daily Mirror.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in May 2018, and announced their decision to step down from the Royal Family as senior members in January 2020. In February 2021, the Queen confirmed their departure as working members and their loss of royal titles. 
  • Harry and Meghan had their tell-all interview with Oprah on Sunday, March 7. In a two-hour special, the couple detailed their side of royal life, including claims of racism, family tensions, and suicidal leanings
  • Piers Morgan wrote a scathing opinion piece for the DailyMail UK referencing Meghan as “spectacularly self-serving, shameful, and scandalous” saying she trashed the entire royal family.

Elizabeth (Yes)

Himself no stranger to histrionics, Piers Morgan certainly knows attention-seeking behavior. In the case of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah, he's not wrong in calling it 'self-obsessed' and 'rankly hypocritical.' For a couple who claims they only want privacy for their family, they find a multitude of ways to manufacture press for themselves, so long as they're able to ensure they control the narrative (Spotify, Netflix). It's, therefore, no mystery that Meghan went to neighbor Oprah Winfrey's home for this interview, as Winfrey was a guest at her and Harry's wedding in 2018, despite having only met Markle once. This was a win-win for Markle and Winfrey in being a massive 'coup' of an interview with inevitable softball questions from the host. 

No one can refute Meghan's impression of racism or suicidal thoughts. And it's obvious she perceives herself to be the victim of, frankly, many things. The thing is, it isn't automatically clear how expressing curiosity on 'how dark-skinned' Meghan and Harry's baby is racist. What's clear is how Markle has taken it that way, but, as a biracial woman married to the whitest of white men, it's neither ridiculous nor inherently racist to posit the question. 

Markle, previously a B-list celeb at best, is transparently working to build their 'brand' through haranguing the plebs about pet causes while hypocritically flogging the extravagant lifestyle her marriage affords (private planes, $4700 dress, $14M Montecito estate). If she truly failed to research what her future life would entail by marrying a prince, that's on her, and Morgan is right to draw attention to her pretense.

Ethan (No)

Regardless of what Piers Morgan believes to be true, he isn't involved in the private lives of the royal family, and therefore he can never know what is true or not. He called her performance 'spectacularly self-serving,' and yet, according to the New Zealand Herald, he lashed out at them for not disclosing the name of the royal members who made the racist remarks, despite the fact that Meghan was protecting those people by keeping their names private, which was not self-serving of her.   

Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said it best when she called out Morgan for using his platform, as a privileged white man, to discredit Meghan's personal life and experiences simply because of his 'love of the Queen.' Her tweet reads, 'The Queen is not above reproach. She & the Royal Family are neither faultless or perfect. They have a case to answer for the failure to support #HarryandMeghan from racism/ hate media which led to them stepping back [from] royal duties.' Meghan's actions are only 'self-serving' in Morgan's opinion because he cares more about keeping the Queen's perfect image than he does about addressing issues that, if solved, could actually better his country. 

One of Morgan's arguments for trashing Meghan so heavily was the fact that Meghan and Harry have asked for privacy but are doing large interviews such as Oprah with Meghan and Harry. What Morgan has failed to consider is that by stepping back, Harry and Meghan have had time to process the issue, the discrimination, and the hate they've faced, and are now able to speak up about these things without as much punishment. Rather than criticizing them for opening up about their experiences, perhaps Morgan should be concerned by the faults within the royal family.

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