Hillary Clinton slams ‘unsupportive’ Royals and says ‘cruelty’ to Meghan was ‘outrageous’
Hillary Clinton says the ‘cruelty’ the British press showed to Meghan was ‘outrageous’ and slams the Royals for failing to support a ‘young woman who was just trying to live her life’.
The former Secretary of State made the comments during a live event with the Washington Post on Monday, a day after the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah aired on CBS.
‘I found it so heart-rending to watch,’ Clinton said, adding that she had met the pair before, as well Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
Clinton then said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to watch the ‘incredible accomplished’ Markle be ‘not fully embraced’ not only by the ‘permanent bureaucracy that surrounds the royal family, but by the media in the UK.’
The former Secretary of State made the comments during a live event with the Washington Post on Monday, a day after the couple’s interview with Oprah aired on CBS
The former presidential hopeful said she too is no stranger to facing off with the British press, adding: ‘I’ve had my time in the box with the British tabloids, as anybody who is in the public eye has had, and their cruelty in going after Meghan was just outrageous.
‘The fact she did not get more support that the reaction was, you know, “let’s just paper it over and pretend it didn’t happen or it will go away, just keep your head down”—well, this young woman was not going to keep her head down.
‘You know, this is 2021 and she wanted to live her life, she wanted to be fully engaged and she had every right to hope for that,’ Clinton added.
During their two hour sit-down with Oprah on Sunday, Harry and Meghan lifted the lid on life inside the British Monarchy, in which they claimed they were isolated from support structures and vilified in the press.
Meghan said she found Royal life so difficult that she suffered mental health issues and even struggled with suicidal thoughts.
The couple also claimed there were ‘concerns’ in the family about how ‘dark’ baby Archie’s skin color would be, but declined to identify who made the remarks.
Responding to the couple’s claims, Clinton said: ‘I just think that every institution … has got to make more space and acceptance for young people coming up, particularly young women, who should not be forced into a mold that is no longer relevant, not only for them but for our society.’
The 73-year-old continued that she found in incredibly difficult to watch Prince Harry and Meghan recount the difficulties they’ve endured.
‘It was heartbreaking to see the two of them sitting there having to describe how difficult it was to be accepted, to be integrated, not just into the royal family as they described, but more painfully into the larger society’s whose narrative is driven by tabloids that are living in the past,’ she said.
‘I just hope that there will be some serious, thoughtful consideration in all of the institutions, not just in response to what Meghan and Harry were talking about, but literally across all of our societies,’ Clinton added. ‘Why do we make it so hard to incorporate diversity, to celebrate it, to be proud of it?’