Meghan Markle's Suits co-star Wendell Pierce hits out at her and Prince Harry for Oprah interview during Covid pandemic
MEGHAN Markle's suit co-star Wendell Pierce has slammed her and Prince Harry for the timing of their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The actor said it was "insensitive" of the pair to have staged the TV tell-all while the world was in the "throes of death" and fighting against the Covid pandemic.
The 57-year-old told radio station LBC: "Today 3,000 people are going to die in America from Covid.
"A couple of hundred people are going to die, even this hour, in the UK."
Wendell, who worked with Meghan for four years as his role as her Suit character's dad, said the broadcast was "insignificant".
He said: "It was quite insensitive and offensive that we are all complicit in this sort of palace… gossip in the midst of so much death. I think it is insignificant."
He said that he included "everyone" in his criticism – including chat show queen Oprah, CBS, Prince Harry, Meghan and the Palace.
He has not spoken with Meghan since 2019 but said he and the Duchess had not talked much about race during filming for Suits – despite the topic featuring in their roles.
"We didn’t have long discussions about it, besides what was in the script and what was happening in our personal lives."
The actor, who also starred in award-winning drama The Wire, also said he didn't think the royal family should get involved in "this sort of conversation" but instead should be focusing on the "throes of death that we're in".
Senior royals will be personally quizzed by the Queen over Meghan and Prince Harry's racism claims.
Her Majesty said in a statement yesterday the accusations will be “addressed privately”.
The monarch is to have private conversations with Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and others to establish what may have been said.
The Sun told yesterday how the Duke and Duchess had already given differing accounts of the alleged racist remark — revealed in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey which was seen around the world.
Meghan told Oprah a senior royal had quizzed her while she was pregnant on “how dark” their unborn son Archie would be.
But Harry later said the remarks came in conversations before the couple were married and were about what their future children might look like.
After 24 hours of silence — the Queen issued a short statement backing her family over the claims and insisting: “Recollections may vary.”
She said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Offering an olive branch after the interview, she added: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Harry is expected to be spoken to by the Queen alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. But every family member — including Kate and Camilla — is now expected to be drawn into the investigation.
Harry and Meghan refused to name the alleged royal racist but Oprah said she was told it was not the Queen, 94, or Prince Philip, 99.
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