It turns out that Americans are just as obsessed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the British are. According to Deadline, 17 million people tuned in to CBS on March 7 to watch their tell-all talk with Oprah Winfrey, which makes the two-hour TV special the most-watched non-sports event of the 2020-2021 TV season.
The outlet noted the total number of viewers would likely increase, as "adjusted data, out-of-home viewing and delayed viewing metrics" come in over the next few days. To date, Winfrey's 1993 chat with Michael Jackson has proved to be her most popular, racking up 62 million views.
In comparison, the 2020 Emmys was watched by just 6.4 million people, and the February 28 Golden Globes had 6.9 million viewers.
Meghan and Harry didn't hold back during their sit-down, touching on the racism Meghan endured, their tense relationship with the royal family and their hopes for the future.
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To start, Harry admitted that being a member of the royal family puts limitations on your freedom. "I didn’t see a way out. I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped ... Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are," he noted. "My father and my brother are trapped."
He also explained that when he and Meghan were suffering with their mental health, they reached out for help, but their pleas went ignored. Overall, he stated that the royal family's "lack of support and lack of understanding" was what ultimately led to his and his wife's decision to step down and move to California.
Harry then admitted that racism played a "large part" in their decision as well.
Winfrey pointed out that the media treated Meghan much differently than they did Prince William's wife Kate Middleton, who was constantly portrayed in a positive light. The realization lead to the former actress' claims that before she even gave birth to son Archie, he too was outcasted.
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According to Meghan, it was the family that didn't want to give Archie the title of "prince."
When asked the reasoning behind their decision, Meghan told Winfrey, "There is no explanation. There is no version. I heard a lot it through Harry and other parts of it with conversations with family members and it was a decision they felt was appropriate."
"The idea of our son not being safe and the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be..." she continued. "It’s not their right to take it away and so I think even with that convention, they want to change the convention for Archie. Well, why?"
She also shared that "there were also concerns or conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born ... that was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations family had with him and it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalized conversations."
Oprah asked Meghan who was involved in those convos, to which she vaguely replied, "I think that would very damaging to them."