Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s pivotal moment booed during prestigious awards show

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received a less than excited response at the National Television Awards

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s momentous Oprah Winfrey interview was reportedly met with boos after a clip was shown during this year’s National Television Awards.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not have attended the National Television Awards, but the royal couple’s “tell-all” Oprah interview received a distinctly unimpressed response from the crowd. Prince Harry and Meghan “stepped back” as senior members of the Royal Family last year and have since settled in their Santa Barbara Mansion. The Sussexes have launched multiple ventures since moving to the US, including their Archewell Audio podcast, Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir and Meghan Markle’s exciting new Netflix project

But perhaps their most iconic moment this year came when they sat down with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey to discuss life in the royal spotlight. And it seems some viewers still aren’t that keen on Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to open up about the Royal Family in such a prominent way. 

During this year’s National Television Awards ceremony held at London’s O2 arena, a clip of the Sussexes' famous interview was shown.

Journalist and broadcasting legend Sir Trevor McDonald took to the stage during the show to introduce a series of clips of the best national TV moments of 2021. These clips also included coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as of Prince Philip’s funeral in April. 

However, as reported by The Sun, when the clip of Harry and Meghan’s interview was shown, the crowd in the arena were heard booing, though the publication claims this did not pick up on the live ITV broadcast. This comes after Prince Harry and Meghan made a series of revelations during the interview that left royal fans across the world shocked. 

These ranged from Meghan bravely opening up about her mental health and feeling “haunted” by an iconic photograph, to Harry’s claims that Prince Charles stopped answering his calls after the couple’s royal exit. 

Prince Charles talks with Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they all attend the Commonwealth Day service

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The interview led to the Queen's “careful and constructive” response, though rumors of a so-called “rift” between the couple and the Royal Family have continued to circulate. Despite this, it’s recently been reported that the two have made a surprising “request” to meet the Queen in the not too distant future. While Prince Harry is said to be set to reunite with the Royal Family for a very special television tribute to his late grandfather Prince Philip, who passed away at Windsor Castle in April. 

The program will air on BBC later this month and will see many members of the Royal Family, including the Queen’s children, come together to reflect on the Duke of Edinburgh’s extraordinary life and legacy.  

Though Prince Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview might not have received as warm a response as they might have hoped at the NTAs, Harry will likely be looking forward to sharing his wonderful memories of Prince Philip with fans very soon.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!