Joanna Lumley refuses to watch Meghan and Harry Oprah interview in royal snub ‘Hate it’

Meghan Markle: Joanna Lumley discusses Oprah interview

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The much-awaited exclusive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah has been on everyone’s radar in recent weeks. In a recent teaser clip, the Duchess of Sussex claimed the Royal Family were “perpetuating falsehoods” about the couple, who recently broke ties with the Queen. When it airs on CBS on Sunday, the interview is sure to provide exclusive insight into the rocky relationship between the couple and the rest of the British Royals, but actress Joanna Lumley admitted she won’t be tuning in for it. 

Appearing on Adam Hills’s Channel 4 show The Last Leg, Joanna justified her decision by saying: “I just hate squabbling in public, I really hate it actually.

“It sort of destroys everybody and everything, and it makes everybody watching take sides and argue with each other, and become hateful. 

“It spreads hatefulness, I really don’t like it,” she added. 

“I’m not rubbing my hands, I won’t watch the interview. I can’t do it.”

Joanna, who holds an OBE, went on to explain that she has met the Royal Family before in her career: “I mean like all people in our position, you’ve been presented to them, you’ve done things. I’ve assisted in charities.”

“Of course I’ve met them. I’ve never met Meghan but I’ve met the young Princes and I’ve met Charles. I’ve met the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen and all these people.

“Of course I’ve met them because it’s in my line of duty and I’m 112,” laughed the actress who is actually only 74 years old. 

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She also explained the reason she dislikes these sort of tell-all events saying: “So I don’t like this because it’s divisive and it upsets everybody.

“Now is the time when we should all be just being calm down, and made happy, and it seems to be stirring up a lot of hatred.”

Joanna is not the only British TV personality to have spoken up about the bombshell interview in a negative way. 

Recently, ITV’s Lorraine Kelly branded it “unnecessary” taking to Twitter to share her views. 

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“I don’t think either side is going to come out of this well,” she wrote to her fans. 

“All so unnecessary and actually rather sad,” said the Scottish presenter. 

Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan also joined into the conversation around the interview after Meghan’s Suits co-star Patrick J Adams defended his friend on Twitter. 

The actor posted a scathing takedown of the Royal Family defending Meghan’s right to speak out about how she was supposedly treated.

Referencing Patrick’s use of the word ‘obscene’, the Good Morning Britain host responded: “Actually, what’s ‘OBSCENE’ is your friend trashing her husband’s family on global TV as the Queen’s 99-yr-old husband lies in hospital.” (sic)

“How dare you attack our Royal Family like this, you jumped-up little twerp.”

Piers continued: “Meghan Markle’s showbiz mates who flew over and grovelled up to the Royals at her wedding now publicly trashing the Monarchy – and suggesting it be abolished. Disgusting.”

The Last Leg continues on Fridays at 10pm on Channel 4.
Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview will be airing on Sunday in the US, and on ITV at 9pm on Monday in the UK.

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