Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s divisive Oprah interview receives shock Emmy Award nomination

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s divisive TV interview with Oprah Winfrey has been nominated for an Emmy.

The tell-all special that aired in March 2020 has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category’ of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

With the awards set to take place in Los Angeles, not far from Harry and Meghan’s new US home, there’s talk the couple may even choose to make an appearance on the big night in September.

Harry and Meghan appeared for a tell-all interview with Oprah earlier in 2021. CBS

Oprah with Meghan & Harry: A CBS Primetime Special made massive waves when it was first announced earlier this year, then aired on March 7 in the US.

Running for two hours, the TV special shocked the world and prompted serious royal backlash, all because of Harry and Meghan’s controversial claims.

Centred on their unprecedented decision to step down from their roles as senior royals, the interview explored the many reasons they chose to leave.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah, among other things, that they had faced racism in the monarchy, that they had been cut off financially, and that Meghan was refused mental health support when facing suicidal thoughts.

Harry spoke of feeling “trapped” in the royal family, saying he felt “let down” by father Prince Charles.

Meanwhile, Meghan confessed that she wasn’t fully prepared for the responsibilities of royal life and claimed she received limited training or support.

These and other allegations made by the couple in the tell-all interview prompted outrage among critics and fans alike.

While some people, including celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Meghan’s former Suits co-stars, defended the couple, others lashed out at them.

Notorious UK broadcaster Piers Morgan fired back at the couple on Good Morning Britain and on Twitter, going so far as to say he didn’t believe Meghan’s mental health claims.

He stormed off set during a live TV segment when his comments were challenged, and exited his role at ITV hours later.

There is talk the couple could appear at the Emmy Awards in September. Getty

After the divisive interview aired, the royal family also had to respond and waited almost two days before releasing a statement.

Buckingham Palace released the statement written on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, which read: “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. Whilst 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.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not publicly responded to the nomination, nor has the royal family commented.

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