Prince Harry and Meghan’s ‘snub’ from Oprah’s birthday party shows ‘the tide is turning’
The airing of dirty laundry by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be doing more harm than good among their celebrity friends who are now wary of the high-profile couple, it has been claimed.
The latest snub of Prince Harry and Meghan has apparently come from Oprah Winfrey, who is believed to have left the couple off the guest list to her recent birthday party.
The talk-show legend celebrated her 69th birthday at the weekend with a bash attended by megastars including Sharon Stone and Kim Kardashian in Los Angeles.
Hosted and organised by skincare brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, in connection with its 25th anniversary, the gathering was the place to be – but there were no signs of Prince Harry and Meghan. The royal couple has, in the past, enjoyed a close relationship with Winfrey.
They invited her to their wedding at Windsor and later chose to sit down with her for their tell-all interview, Harry and Meghan’s first since stepping back from their roles as working royals.
But it seems their support could dwindling in the United States, where Harry and Meghan sought sanctuary after the fishbowl life of England.
One journalist has suggested Harry and Meghan’s „loud mouths are now being used against them”.
Writing in US arm of The Spectator, Kara Kennedy said: „Snubs like this show that the tide is turning with the Sussexes – and that the gamble that saw them trade in the lifelong duty of being working royalty for the money and fame of being celebrities hasn’t paid off”.
Kennedy said it’s „easy to see why” Harry and Meghan were left of Oprah’s guests list after the duke „made her look stupid” with his recent comments about the monarchy in promotion of the book Spare.
During the couple’s interview with Oprah in March 2021, they made the highly inflammatory claim that the royal family was racist. That interview, Kennedy claims, was „Harry and Meghan’s campaign to finish off the British monarchy – and they used Oprah as a pawn”. Prince Harry made zero reference to those racism allegations in his memoir.
During a television interview with ITV in January, Harry insisted he doesn’t believe the royal family is racist and claimed he had never suggested they were.
Kennedy previously suggested Harry and Meghan’s lack of celebrity invites is because some A-listers fear their private lives could be made public by the couple.
She points to another reported high-profile snub of Harry and Meghan by the Obamas last year. George Clooney, Jay-Z and Beyoncé were invited to the former president’s 60th birthday in August but the Sussexes were suspiciously absent.
At the time there were suggestions the Obamas were not happy with Harry and Meghan’s choice to be so publicly critical of the royal family.
The Telegraph UK wrote of that incident: „When it comes to Harry and Meghan, it seems, the former president and first lady remain firmly of the view that blood is thicker than water.” However, it could also be a simple case of perhaps Harry and Meghan were invited to such events… but chose not to attend.