See what the stars — both supportive and critical — had to say about Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on CBS on March 7, 2021, starting with this iconic music star… "Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you." —Beyonce
"I watched M & H sit down. Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless. I'm a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview,during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I'm sorry if it hurt or offended you." —Bethenny Frankel, following her criticism of Duchess Meghan ahead of the interview
"For Harry to have caused so much hurt to his grandmother the Queen at a time when her husband lies seriously ill in hospital, is just appalling. When it comes to mental health, it appears Meghan and Harry only care about themselves. … Well if she knows who it was, @Oprah should tell us. Otherwise all the other royals get viewed with the same racist suspicion [over the Sussexes' claims a royal family member brought up their future kids' skin color]. … I wouldn't believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report. … This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful. #OprahMeghanHarry" –Piers Morgan on Twitter, who a few days later quit ITV's "Good Morning Britain" after two days of criticizing Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, sparking complaints from viewers
"Monarchy has been an archaic and toxic concept since 1776," Meghan McCain tweeted alongside a GIF from "Hamilton." She later on her show, "The View," shared more of her reaction to the interview. "It was really hard to watch. I mean, they were talking like ex-cult members that had somehow fled and made it out. It reminded me of like, watching people who had somehow escaped Scientology. … I think the comments about Archie's skin color are going to be comments that haunt them forever," Meghan said. "I would have preferred to have known who it was. They've already clarified that it wasn't the queen or Prince Philip, but if we're talking about William or Charles, I think the British public has a right to know if their future king feels this kind of racism."
"Fully on the Sussex's side here & so happy they made the break! Need more info about William – sounds really bad. Also – we need the return of the big Oprah interview" —Andy Cohen
"I can't imagine being a person of color and hearing such blatant racism because implicit bias and stereotypes, prejudice is not shocking in a very white, only white, palace and royal family, but to hear that was just so disturbing, disgusting, wrong on every level. When I look at Meghan's whole experience, I think what a missed opportunity for this family. … Here was a woman that was more representative of the way the world looks but specifically the Commonwealth [where] 60 to 70% of the people are people of color. And here was someone who owned this role, lit up, is clearly cause-driven that was ready to commit herself… and here was representation, a modern look to a family that's catching up with the times, and they didn't. And I know they notoriously stay quiet on things, but if there was ever a cause to speak up, on integrity, racism is so — [there is] right and wrong. This is the time to speak out and come out with a message. When I left the interview, I was most saddened by Prince Charles, who I was never a huge fan of, but to hear that he's iced out his son. … Prince Charles is his only parent. How do you go against the instincts of parenthood? You could see the pain there. I was so disturbed and disappointed." –"The View" co-host Sara Haines
"Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what is means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she's experienced. I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism," she continued. "The mental health consequences of systematic oppression and victimization are devastation, isolating and all too often lethal." –Serena Williams
"I just watched the M&H sit down. Wow. I love how people say Meghan knew what she was getting into…people said the same thing about Carolyn Bessette when she married into the Kennedy family. You could never know. Meghan said it right the perception is nothing like the reality." –Carole Radziwill
"Isolating an individual away from their family and friends, using suicide threats to get what you want — these are CLASSIC signs of an emotionally abusive relationship but we are supposed to suspend rationality because 'racism'. Dear Harry: Meghan is not the victim. YOU are … Meghan Markle is less than 25% black. Her son is less than 12% black. Her and Harry implying that everything that happened to them is because of her blackness is a sickening level of scapegoating. What Harry is doing to his family (who cannot respond) is unforgivable." –Candace Owens
"I dont think that any … Black woman, woman of color, was surprised at that. It's something that we've all experienced. Not only the blatant racism but the unconscious bias, racism in the workplace, the outward hostility towards the idea of a dark-skinned heir to the throne, and Harry's son. I was actually watching this with a group of Black women and we felt it kind of to our soul. Her experience, unfortunately is the experience that we all share. … Lets' not forget that the British empire [is] sort of the OG of racism in a sense, because we're talking about the original colonizers, right, a lot of the U.K. is built on the backs of Black and brown people, built on that history of colonization… I was deeply saddened and hurt for her experience bc you could see it on her face." –"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin
"Oprah stayed too broad-I wanted more: 'who?…Be specific…what exactly did they say? Who was jealous of M after Australia? How did u know that? What do you mean ur family hasn't 'educated themselves' the way u have? They're racists? WHO?' Eventually they'd have to get specific. … Harry refuses to say who in his family was concerned about the color H&M's kids' skin would be. So they've basically thrown the entire Royal family under the bus – w/Harry adding they haven't done 'the work' he's done in educating himself. … In which M & H pretend that no royal has had it worse in the press than they have. Give me a break. Have you ever seen such privileged people wallowing in their own (perceived) victimhood like this?" –Megyn Kelly
"Their cruelty in going after Meghan was just outrageous," former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of British tabloids in an interview with The Washington Post. "And the fact she did not get more support, that the reaction was, you know, 'just let's just paper it over and pretend that it didn't happen,' or 'it will go away, just keep your head down.' Well, you know, this young woman was not about to keep her head down. This is 2021."
"We got your back, honey…..we've got more Queens than they do 😀" –Leslie Jordan, who also said in the accompanying Instagram video, "Miss Markle, the gays have got your back."
"Oprah is an Exquisite listener" –Henry Winkler
"I think that politically this is a bad thing for the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth has got to come out and speak about this. She has to get on that microphone and say, 'We love our grandson, we love our great-grandson, we love Meghan. We are not a racist family. We are thrilled that she is in the family. And we will give all protections to [Archie] and the [new baby] that's coming.'" –"The View" co-host Joy Behar
"Such a moving interview. @Oprah remains the absolute best to ever do it. Love that they got out since it will be better for everyone. So happy Meghan got her voice back after having it silenced. Her voice is one we need more of. Love their love #HarryandMeghanonOprah" –Chrishell Stause
"Meghan is in her bag. 'If you can see it, you can be it.' … Not surprised at all by what I'm hearing, just a sad reminder." –"The Bachelor" star Matt James
"UK media tomorrow trying to pretend today's interview was offensive, when actually it was pretty dignified and protective over those who did the worst." –Jameela Jamil, alongside a video of a cat drinking water from a faucet
"Most people the British press bully purely for the financial profit of their tax shy owners are not princesses. Or famous at all." –Hugh Grant
"Every woman should dream for a husband like Prince Harry. When he saw the institution he was born into putting the life of his family & wife #MeghanMarkle in danger; he stopped being the prince & became her knight in shining armor. #HarryandMeghanonOprah #OprahMeghanHarry" –Sherri Shepherd
"The tabloids are HOSTED by the palace?!?!?!?!?! WHEW #HarryandMeghanonOprah" –Gabrielle Union
"Long live Meghan Markle!" –Joshua Malina
"Sadly, Meghan wasn't prepared to tell us who made these alleged comments about Archie's skin colour? I believe she has a responsibility to tell us. Shame on @Oprah for not pushing it more. It's a HUGE accusation!" –Boy George
"Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light–they missed out on it." –Amanda Gorman
"I was a happier person when @oprah was on TV every day." –Billy Eichner
"'It's the strength that causes the confusion and the fear,'" filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted, quoting Princess Diana from a clip of her explaining why she clashed with the royal family. She also praised Oprah WInfrey's interview skills. "Her interview skill set is at peak and epic proportions. That was a master class. #HarryandMeghanonOprah."
"What does The Firm do now?" –Brooklyn Decker
"Tonight I am reminded how much I miss watching @Oprah everyday. Really upset that I took that time of life for granted! #OprahMeghanHarry" –Ben Higgins
"You know why Black women believe Meghan? Because we know exactly what micro aggressions look like. And how they slowly drive you insane. #OprahMeghanHarry" –Nina Parker
"Harry should take Meghan's last name" —Sarah Silverman
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but @Oprah is the Queen of America, right? #MeghanandHarryonOprah" –Wells Adams
"It's true what Meghan Markle told @Oprah, we don't know what goes on in people's lives behind closed doors. That's something we can all remember." –Maria Shriver
"Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism. #MeghanMarkle" –Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
"Among the revelations from the Meghan and Harry interview is Meghan's struggle with mental health. Her honesty will hopefully lead to more acceptance and more help for those who need it. #OprahMeghanHarry" –Billie Jean King
"'You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.' #mayaangelou ❤️ #loveislove" –celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin