Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah hit by over 5000 complaints

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah on March 8 received another wave of complaints last week

DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly-publicized interview with Oprah has now garnered a total of 5,380 complaints, receiving another wave of objections last week. 

It's been nearly a month since it hit our screens, but some royal fans are still reeling from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah. 

The highly-publicized special attracted 207 grievances to the British broadcasting regulator Ofcom in the final days of March, despite airing on ITV at the beginning of the month. 

Viewers were shocked by the details revealed by the couple in the interview, which included allegations of racism in the Royal Family and Meghan’s struggle with suicidal thoughts during her first pregnancy. Harry also shared his difficult experience of withdrawing from the ‘Firm’ and spoke candidly about his tense relationship with his brother, Prince William

The number of complaints still falls far behind those lodged at Piers Morgan’s controversial comments on Meghan Markle. The former Good Morning Britain host drew over 57,121 complaints after he claimed he didn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex suffered from suicidal thoughts. 

Meghan Markle filed her own complaint against Piers to ITV following his shocking statements, in which she reportedly shared concerns about the potential impact of his sentiments. 

According to ITV royal editor Chris Ship, the duchess was worried less about herself, and more about the effect of Piers’ rant on the general public. 

“Meghan raised concerns about how @piersmorgan’s words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Piers ended up leaving Good Morning Britain, after refusing to apologize for his insensitive comments. He took to Instagram to defend his actions, captaining a photo of Winston Churchill with the following statement: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, that’s OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”  

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.