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Oprah Defends Meghan Markle Following Criticism In The Press

Oprah Defends Meghan Markle Following Criticism In The Press

Ever since Meghan Markle became a part of the Royal Family, the tabloids have had something to say about her - from her family, to her previous relationships, to the colour nail polish she decides to wear.

But, Oprah Winfrey, who has become firm friends with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is having absolutely none of it.

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Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

Oprah appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about her new mental health documentary with Prince Harry, but conversation quickly turned to defending former Suits star Meghan.

Speaking of the lambasting Meghan has received in the press, Oprah said: "I think she's being portrayed unfairly.

"I think that if people really knew her, they would know that she is not only everything we perceive of her being graceful and dynamic in holding that position, but she just has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart."

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She added: "I think it's very unfair."

The Duchess recently told fans if they wish to send baby gifts, they should instead donate to charity - a move that Oprah went on to praise. The talk show host also commented on how Meghan makes a conscious effort to ignore negative press written about her.

"She's very kind. She doesn't seem to buy into [her bad press] though," she said.

"I think that's remarkable that despite everything that's going on she does not read anything."

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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex's long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: "I truly believe that good mental health - mental fitness - is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive - sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series."

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Speaking of her new venture with the Duke of Sussex, Oprah said: "I think it's going to make - our hope is it's going to have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know they're not alone and being able to speak up about it and being able to identify it for themselves and their friends."

The show aims to inspire its viewers to have an "honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces," according to a statement issued on the Prince Harry's new official Instagram account, which launched last week.

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity News, Celebrity Entertainment, Meghan Markle

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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