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Meghan and Harry were praised during a US talk show for “making history” as they lifted the lid on their relationship with senior royals and the Firm in their interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Duchess of Sussex’s friend and broadcaster Ms King took part in the Drew Barrymore Show on Thursday, where she discussed the outcome of the Sussexes’ landmark sit-down with Oprah.

She told actress and host Ms Barrymore: “I think that interview opened up conversations that many people weren’t prepared to have or didn’t want to have.

“But I think, ultimately, it’s about a family that wants to be united and be together and I’m hoping that will be the case.”

Ms Barrymore chimed in to say: “And have difficult conversations.”

“Yes, sometimes conversations are very difficult. 

“Right now, I’m just happy for them, I saw in the paper the other day they said they are planning for a home birth, I think that’s interesting.”

Ms King referred to claims made by a source the Duke and Duchess are planning for a home birth ahead of the arrival of their baby girl in the summer.

The source told Page Six: “Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans.

“In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely. 

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“But she has a beautiful home in California, it’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”

During the talk show, Ms Barrymore also said she believed Meghan and Harry had made history by touching upon difficult topics the Royal Family had never publicly addressed – seemingly referring to claims of racism made by the Duke and Duchess while speaking to Oprah.

She said: “I really admired hearing all the details and opening up that important conversation… and really making history in a conversation that was refusing to be had for centuries.

“I am very happy that the lid is off. There is nothing healthy about not having those conversations.” 


To which Ms Gayle replied: “There’s nothing healthy when you don’t talk, so let’s all wish that for all involved in that particular story.”

This is not the first time Ms King has spoken about Harry and Meghan during a CBS show.

One week after their interview aired, the broadcaster appeared on the network’s This Morning to reveal she had been in touch with the Duke and Duchess, who told her Harry had finally spoken to his father and brother.

She added: “I’m not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling and it’s true Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too.  

“The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive but they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.”

During their bombshell interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about the reasons why they left the Royal Family, citing racism in the UK as one of the main problems.

Meghan also spoke about possible racism within the Royal Family, claiming “concerns” were raised while she was pregnant with Archie over “how dark” his skin may be.

She added these conversations were happening in tandem with discussions over whether her firstborn was entitled to become a prince and have security. 

Meghan and Prince Harry also discussed mental health, with the Duchess of Sussex saying she struggled so much while expecting Archie she became suicidal.

Meghan claimed she was refused help by the palace and turned to a friend of Princess Diana who understood royal life and could support her.

The Queen responded to these claims with a short statement in which she said the Sussexes are “much-loved” members of the family.

She added: “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”   

Oprah With Meghan and Harry aired on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can still watch the full interview on the ITV hub.

Everyone struggling with mental health can call for confidential support the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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