Oprah Winfrey’s claim that the Queen’s death offers an “opportunity for peacemaking” within the Royal Family has triggered a backlash on social media – with some claiming the talk show host was partly to blame for the rift in the first place. Winfrey made her remarks during an interview with US media outfit Extra earlier this week, during which she was asked about Monday’s funeral. In a probable reference to the ongoing tensions between California residents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the one hand, and other senior Royals on the other, she said: “My father passed recently, this summer.
“When all families come together for a common ceremony, the ritual of, you know, burying your dead, there’s an opportunity for peacemaking. And hopefully, there will be that.”
One Twitter user with the handle @sofedup2here sought to pin the blame on the 68-year-old in remarks which harked back to her explosive interview with the Sussexes in 2020, when Meghan claimed among other things an unnamed member of the Royal Family has speculated about the skin tone of unborn son Archie.
They commented: “So you believe the Queen’s death is “an opportunity for peacemaking”? You should sit your American behind down!
“You were the instigation of this firestorm between brothers! Mind your business, step back from that of The Royal Family.”
Another, Patricia Sullivan, added: “An opportunity for peacemaking Oprah????
“You started this whole thing with you and Meghan and the salacious BS about the royal family!”
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Oprah asked: “Who is having that conversation?” and the Duchess replied that there were “several conversations” with the Duke of Sussex about Archie’s skin tone and “what that would mean or look like” for the Royals.
The identity of the Royal in question has never been relieved – although the pair subsequently confirmed it was not the Duke of Edinburgh, who died earlier this year at the age of 99.
The newly created Prince and Princess of Wales set aside their frosty relationship with Meghan and Harry when the four joined forces for a walkabout at Windsor on Saturday, during which they read floral tributes and met well-wishers.
Together with their father, the two princes will walk behind their grandmother’s coffin as she leaves Buckingham Palace for the final time ahead of her lying in state at Westminster Hall prior to Monday’s funeral.
A service lasting roughly 20 minutes will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.
Mourners have already joined the queue to attend the Queen’s lying in state which begins at 5pm, continuing until 6.30am on Monday.
Government guidance says the queue is expected to be very long, with people standing for “many hours, possibly overnight” and with very little opportunity to sit down.
There were emotional scenes yesterday evening when the late Queen was brought back to London by plane and taken to Buckingham Palace for the final time.
As the hearse carrying the coffin began its journey from Northolt in north-west London, people stood silently by the road with some recording the historic moment on their camera phones.