Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, Farage told host Laura Ingraham that ‘the whole thing was a fabrication’ and defended the British monarchy against claims of racism – saying: ‘Our royal family has done a huge amount for people of color all over the world.’
He also bemoaned how ‘if you attack somebody who claims they’ve got a mental health problem, you’re suddenly the villain’, in an apparent reference to critics such as Piers Morgan who have faced a backlash for casting doubt on Meghan’s claims.
Ingraham herself accused Meghan of ‘hurling unsubstantiated claims’ at the royals and ‘getting her critics cancelled’ in what she described as ‘the ultimate privilege’.
Nigel Farage (right) appeared on a Fox News show with host Laura Ingraham (left) last night in which he denounced Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, pictured, has plunged the royal family into one of its worst crises since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997
The interview plunged the royals into one of their worst crises since Princess Diana’s death in 1997 after Meghan alleged she was subjected to racism behind palace doors.
Meghan alleged that an unnamed royal had raised concerns about ‘how dark’ the skin of her son Archie might be when he was born.
She also told Winfrey that the pressures of royal life had driven her to contemplating suicide, saying she was turned away when she sought help from the household.
Buckingham Palace responded two days later with a careful statement saying the claims were ‘concerning’ but that ‘recollections may vary’ about what happened.
Farage denounced the racism claims altogether, calling them ‘unsubstantiated’ and defending the monarchy by arguing that the Commonwealth countries with historic ties to the UK are mainly populated by black and Asian people.
He also described some of Meghan’s claims in the interview as ‘simply untrue’, including the suggestion that her son Archie was wrongly denied a princedom.
And he attacked Harry for saying the royals had ‘cut me off financially’, saying it was ‘only after they’d left the UK, given up their royal duties and gone to the West Coast’.
‘The whole thing was a fabrication,’ he said. ‘It was, from Meghan Markle, an acting performance to emote, to plead with people that she had victim status.’
Farage bemoaned how ‘if you attack somebody who claims they’ve got a mental health problem, you’re suddenly the villain’, in an apparent reference to critics such as Piers Morgan (pictured) who have faced a backlash for casting doubt on Meghan’s claims.
The Queen, pictured, said she was ‘saddened’ to learn of Harry and Meghan’s struggles in a short statement released by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday
Farage said it was ‘clear from day one what her intentions were’, citing the fact that Winfrey was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018.
He claimed that Meghan ‘didn’t appear to me to have any mental health problems’, echoing Morgan who said he did not believe the Duchess’s claims.
Without naming Morgan, Farage said: ‘It is shocking that if you attack somebody who claims they’ve got a mental health problem, you’re suddenly the villain.’
Ingraham cut him off to launch her own attack, accusing Harry and Meghan of ‘demeaning [the] true discrimination and hardship’ suffered by others’.
She then played a clip of Hillary Clinton attacking the British media for its ‘outrageous’ behaviour and calling the Oprah interview ‘heartbreaking’.
Farage responded by saying that he himself had been ‘called all the names under the sun’ but had ‘challenged the establishment’ by spearheading the drive for Brexit.
‘Meghan arrived in the UK, had a fairytale wedding, the country took her to [its] heart, the press were gushing with praise about her,’ Farage said.
Two of the 49million people to have seen the Harry and Meghan interview so far watch the Duchess of Sussex on their TV screen in Liverpool on Monday
‘I’ll tell you when the criticism started. It started when she and Harry started lecturing us on carbon emissions and climate change yet flying around the world in private jets.’
The fallout from the interview has continued all week in Britain where the head of the Society of Editors resigned last night over the group’s response to the interview.
It came a day after Morgan departed from Good Morning Britain following 41,000 complaints to Ofcom about his attitude to Meghan’s interview.
Yesterday it emerged that Meghan herself was one of those who made a formal complaint to ITV bosses about Morgan’s behaviour.
Morgan stood by his comments on Wednesday, saying: ‘If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.’
The presenter had previously said that ‘I don’t believe a word she says’ and that ‘I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report’.
Morgan walked off the set on Tuesday after an on-air clash with his colleague, Alex Beresford.