Beyoncé Says She's "Inspired" By Meghan Markle's Oprah Interview
Oct 14, 2021 by apost team
The controversial decision that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took to step back from their roles as senior working members of the royal family caused quite a stir when it was first announced in March 2020.
Dubbed Megxit, the decision took the general public as well as the royal family by surprise and has since continued to divide the public. Some people believe that their decision was not right, while others wholeheartedly continue to support the couple in their endeavors today. No matter what side of the argument a person might be on, there are certainly a lot of questions about what exactly happened behind closed doors to lead to this decision.
Both Harry and Meghan opened up about the circumstances that led to their decision in a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Their frank discussion of the difficulties and challenges they faced have been met with criticism and anger by a large number of people, especially after the death of Prince Philip shortly after the interview aired.
However, that has not stopped Harry and Meghan from continuing to share their experiences and they have been outspoken about their determination to challenge the status quo. Lifetime has released a trailer for a movie that explores the life that Harry and Meghan lived in the UK and the tumultuous years that caused them to leave. Starring Jordan Dean as Harry and Sydney Morton and Meghan, the movie is titled "Harry And Meghan: Escaping The Castle," and the initial trailer had royal fans excited for what was to come.
As it turns out, one of the people deeply touched by the heartfelt interview was Beyoncé.
A lot of the struggles that Meghan and Harry faced were touched upon by the couple in early 2021. On March 7, 2021, Meghan and Harry sat down for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that not only touched upon their lives post-Megxit, but also revealed some of the struggles and issues the couples had surrounding Meghan marrying into the family, their son Archie and more. The interview also covered the familiar topic of mental health, harkening back to Harry's mother Princess Diana, who was very outspoken on the topic. Meghan critiqued the British monarchy as an institution, Harry talked about relationship tensions with his father and brother and together the pair discussed personal security. Since the big interview, even more information about Harry's feelings on the royal family has come out.
Harry was the featured guest on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast, where he spoke candidly about his experience as being born into the royal family. He described life as a royal as a mix between "'The Truman Show,' and being in a zoo." Harry also revealed that he had previously thought about leaving his royal duties behind, even as early as in his 20s, before he met Meghan. He said the thought of leaving came after he was told to "grin and bear" his problems and just "get on with it."
Harry and Meghan also embarked on a docuseries project for mental health awareness with Oprah Winfrey. The show, "The Me You Can't See," is executive produced by Oprah and Harry and featured the two discussing emotional well-being and mental health with a number of celebrity guests, including Lady Gaga and Glenn Close.
Aside from their show, however, various celebrities already commented on and congratulated the former royal couple for their tell-all interview and the bravery it showed. Among them was Beyoncé Knowles, the famous and well-known American pop icon.
Instead of taking to social media or speaking out in an interview, Beyoncé posted a simple message on her website. The post consisted of a photo of Beyoncé's and Meghan's meeting at the Lion King premiere set on a black background. Next to it, two heartfelt sentences were added: "Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you." It was a simple but profound message.
And Beyoncé was not the only black celebrity who congratulated Meghan on her decision to speak out. As Harper's Bazaar reports, Serena Williams, the renowned athlete, also commended Meghan for speaking out:
"Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life - and leads by example- with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what is means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she's experienced. I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us."
Williams added that she hoped by having people like herself and Meghan speaking out, the future would be better for the generations to come:
"I want Meghan's daughter, my daughter, and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect. Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law."Serena Williams (2021), (Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)
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