By Laura Harman
Michelle Obama has revealed that she ‘prays for forgiveness’ as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah continues to cause rifts in the Royal family.
In a discussion with NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday 16 March 2021, Michelle weighed in on the Royal family drama that has erupted since Prince Harry and Meghan took part in a ‘tell all’ Oprah interview.
In the NBC interview, Michelle resonated with Meghan Markle’s struggles in the spotlight. “Public service is a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don’t understand it nor should they. The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of it is about us, it’s about the people that we serve."
Michelle also shockingly revealed that she was not surprised to hear that the Royal family had allegedly made racist comments. “Race isn't a new construct in this world, for people of color, so it wasn't a complete surprise to, sort of, hear her feelings,” she said.
Michelle went on to say that although the royal family may have rifts, they are most importantly a family rather than an institution. “This first and foremost is a family and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so they can use this as a teachable moment for us all.”
Similarly, in an interview with Mario Lopez for Access Hollywood, the former FLOTUS spoke about her new Netflix series Waffles and Mochi and also mentioned Meghan and Harry’s rift with the royal family.
Michelle said, “My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time.” She continued to say, “Because there’s nothing more important than family.”
During her time as First Lady, Michelle met members of the royal family on numerous occasions and worked on the Invictus Games with Prince Harry. As did Hilary Clinton, another former FLOTUS who recently voiced her support for Meghan Markle.
Michelle has been a friend of Meghan Markle's for some time and In 2019, the Duchess of Sussex interviewed Michelle Obama for Vogue. In the interview, where Meghan took on the role as a guest editor, Michelle spoke about motherhood and maturity with the Duchess.
In the interview, Michelle made an important statement about the importance of family. This statement is extremely pertinent can be related to the issues that Meghan is facing with the royal family.
“Motherhood has taught me that, most of the time, my job is to give them the space to explore and develop into the people they want to be. Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside,” said Michelle.
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