On Tuesday, former first lady Michelle Obama weighed in on the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey and appeared to take a vague swipe at Markle by stating that “none of this is about us.”
Host Jenna Bush Hager on the TODAY Show asked Michelle Obama what her opinion was over Markle’s comments in the interview. “When you watched Meghan Markle speak out, what went through your mind?” she asked.
Obama in a precisely worded reply gave her view on the subject: “Public service it’s a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don’t understand it nor should they. The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us, in public service, it’s about the people that we serve. I always try to push the light back out and focus it on the folks that we’re actually here to serve.”
Bush Hager went on to question Michelle Obama further on the issue of racism: “But what about when she talked about the fact that she experienced racism? I mean I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear that she felt like she was in her own family, her own family, thought differently of her.”
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Obama was not shocked by Markle’s allegations of racism: “Race isn’t a new construct in this world, for people of color. So it wasn’t a complete surprise to, sort of, hear her feelings and have them articulated.”
She added: “The thing that I hope for and the thing that I think about is that this first and foremost is a family and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so they can use his as a teachable moment for them all.” Obama stated that she hoped the family can heal itself and mend the rift between its members.
After the explosive interview with Winfrey and the damaging allegations made by the couple against the Royal Family, Michelle Obama told Access Hollywood that people should “forgive” the Royal Family.
Notably, Prince Harry has been friends with the Obamas for years. It is also rumored that Markle is friends with Michelle Obama.
Obama’s comments follow those of Hillary Clinton who tore into the Royal Family for not supporting a “young woman who was just trying to live her life.” The remarks were made last Monday to the Washington Post the day after the incendiary interview with Winfrey.
“I found it so heart-rending to watch,” Clinton stated. She went on to say that it was “heartbreaking” to watch the “incredibly accomplished” Markle “not be fully embraced” by the media and the Royal Family.
“The fact she did not get more support, that the reaction was, you know, “Let’s just paper it over and pretend it didn’t happen or it will go away, just keep your head down”— well, this young woman was not going to keep her head down,” Clinton declared.
“You know, this is 2021 and she wanted to live her life, she wanted to be fully engaged and she had every right to hope for that,” Clinton judgementally added.
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