Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Interview’s Emmy Nomination Slammed by Critic: ‘Most of It Was Not Accurate’

A few months ago, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry shocked the world when they sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an explosive interview. The couple opened up about their many grievances with the royal family. They also made claims about being mistreated by other royals.

The interview drew over 49 million viewers worldwide, including 20 million in the United States alone. It was recently nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award, but a critic is slamming the nomination.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sitting next to each other, looking on
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The Sussexes’ Oprah Interview has received both praise and criticism

Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah generated mixed reactions around the world.

Some people sympathized with the couple, especially in their alleged experiences with racism and unfair treatment from other royals. Others also praised Meghan and Harry for having the courage to leave an undesirable situation and speaking openly about it.

However, some onlookers also raised questions about the validity of certain claims the Sussexes made. For example, many royal experts questioned Meghan’s allegations of her passport being taken away and the royal family not giving her help for her mental health issues. Meghan also claimed she and Harry got married three days before their big royal wedding, but the Archbishop of Canterbury—who wedded the couple—came forward to say this was not the truth.

A critic slams the interview’s Emmy nomination

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview has been nominated for the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special category at the upcoming Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award. The recipients of the nomination include executive producers as well as Oprah herself. The Sussexes are not listed.

Nonetheless, some critics do not believe the interview should have been nominated. Robert Jobson, who has written books and articles about royals, called the nomination a “shame” given how questionable some claims in the interview were.

“I think for drama you couldn’t really beat it. The whole impact of it was huge,” Jobson said, according to Express. “But I think you need to take the word ‘non-fiction’ out of the nomination and replace it with fiction because most of it was not accurate. I think it is a shame when you have the Archbishop of Canterbury fact-checking one of the points, saying that he didn’t marry them before the wedding.”

Jobson also added, “I think Oprah really let herself down. She shouldn’t have just accepted the statements but asked questions because some of those answers were flaky at best.”

Prince Harry made explosive claims about the royal family to other outlets

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Oprah was not the only person the Sussexes reached out to about their story. After Meghan and Harry sat down with her for an interview, Harry talked to other media outlets as well.

For example, in May, Harry opened up to Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast about what it was like to grow up in the royal family. On the podcast, Harry claimed his father passed down “genetic pain and suffering” to him.

A few weeks later, Harry appeared on the Apple TV+ show The Me You Can’t See. Here, he talked about his experiences with mental health issues after his mother died.

Many royal experts believe these appearances have added to an already-existing rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family.