Heard on the Street: Don’t Blame Oprah for Meghan and Prince Harry Stepping Down

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Uptown Magazine

Don't put Oprah Winfey's name into speculation on why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back as royals.

“Meghan and Harry do not need my help figuring out what’s best for them. I care about them both and support whatever decisions they make for their family.”

— Oprah Winfrey addresses Page Six’s report that she influenced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to step down as senior members of the British Royal Family, in an interview with People. The tabloid reported that Meghan and Harry tapped the media mogul for advice on “breaking free.” The outlet also reported that Oprah told the couple to move to North America and build their own brand, and that A-listers like the Obamas and the Clooneys advised Meghan and Harry too. On January 8th, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced via Instagram they are stepping away from their royal roles and will split their time between the U.K. and North America:

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

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