Royal experts weren't surprised that Oprah Winfrey's shocking interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn't take home the prize at this year's Emmys.
Th tell-all — which was viewed by over 30 million people when it aired in early March — was nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special, but it lost to Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy.
"They were given too easy a life — there wasn’t a single point that Oprah pushed them on. Oprah as an interviewer never pushed them," commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained to The Star of why he expected the loss. "It was clearly rehearsed and parts of it were questionable."
"You can see why an awards ceremony would see flaws that the average viewer would not pick up on," he noted. "The fact that it did so well with the audience wouldn’t give it a right to win by itself."
Neither Oprah nor the Sussexes attended the Emmys in Los Angeles, where host Cedric the Entertainer poked fun at the parents-of-two.
"As great as The Crown is, it pales in comparison to the real monarchy. I mean that Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan. That was the real tea right there, wasn’t it!?" he said. "Meghan must put it on that boy because he renounced his throne quicker than Eddie Murphy in Coming to America."
In the duo's tell-all, they aired out their grievances against the royal family, claiming they were ignored when they reached out for help about their mental health and racism.
Queen Elizabeth released a statement in response to their allegations.
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the note read. "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."