Everybody and their brother is talking about The Interview between Oprah, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that aired last weekend.
Seriously, the entire world is talking about it.
I only watched it about an hour ago, frankly because I don’t really care about “The Royals.” I know they have a bit of a cult following here in the United States, but frankly, I’m just ambivalent to it.
But after hearing the outcry of opinions on this “bombshell interview” between Meghan and Oprah…and seeing Piers Morgan literally get fired for speaking his mind on the matter, I broke down and watched the hour and a half interview.
And allow me to just start out by saying, that Oprah is one heck of an interviewer. There is a reason why she is the best in the biz. She asks the laser pointed questions that the audience really wants to know. She reacts with the candidness that we, too feel in the moment. There’s a reason she’s a billionaire: she’s damn good at her job.
I think the headline every one is walking away from the interview with is, “Can you believe the royals are so racist? Is it true?”
Which is exactly the reason why I didn’t want to write this article tonight.
To be honest, I feel as though I don’t really have any right to speak on this issue. I’m not a person of color. I’m certainly not a royal. And I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors.
If everything that Meghan described is true, then that’s terrible, and I feel so incredibly sorry that she had to go through the bullying and despair, and character assassination and ostracization she faced within her own family. And if it truly was race-based, as she painted it to be, that’s simply inexcusable. And I pray that those harboring such gross hatred have a change of heart.
So, on those aforementioned topics, I feel I don’t have a position to speak from. Nor, frankly, does my opinion matter on any of this, let’s be honest.
But there were a few things that really struck me about the interview. And that was the overwhelming feeling of sadness I felt watching it. Sadness in seeing, truly, the dissolution of a family.
There is nothing more tragic, in my mind than seeing a rift in a family. It is not how God intended it.
No matter what side of the story is true, the fact is, this interview – and perhaps the alleged behavior leading up to it – has solidified a division in the family, that will take years to mend, if at all possible.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col 3:13
Watching this interview, in my mind, the commandment “Honor your father and mother” kept playing over and over again in my head.
Yes, I understand that they are hurt, and Meghan feels like she was silenced, and if the allegations of racism are true, then rightfully so. But the solution is not doing a slanderous “tell all” with the most famous talk show host in the entire world.
Prince Harry completely threw his family under the bus, and he allowed his wife to do the same.
Romans 12:17-21 If someone does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. Do your best to live in peace with everyone. My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger.
Matthew 18:15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
I was just almost in disbelief that this conversation – this exposé – was happening on a global stage. It felt like a dialogue that should have been had between Harry, Meghan, and the family members themselves.
Coming from someone who also, nearly drove a rift in my family, due to my anorexia, I can say, there is nothing more important than family, and to protect that beautiful bond at all cost. I am so grateful for the forgiveness I received from my loved ones after hurting them so deeply through the deception and destruction from my eating disorder.
My family is something I will never, ever, take for granted.
And lastly, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was just so off putting.
Prince Harry is talking about being trapped, being financially cut off and being left with “only” the 25 million dollars left to him by Princess Diana. Meghan is talking about all the “hardships” of being a princess and having to learn how to curtsey and cross her legs….they’re sitting in this breathtakingly beautiful estate terrace as multi-millionaire royals, talking to a billionaire celebrity, meanwhile, the rest of the country is grappling with the effects of the global pandemic and struggling just to put food on the table.
The people watching this interview are holding off buying groceries until their $1400 stimulus check arrives in the mail, while they’re complaining about royal titles and how hard it is to have to travel the world and smile and be public figures, shaking hands for a living.
It just felt so incredibly inconsiderate and self-seeking.
I thought to myself, what was the motivation for this interview? They weren’t getting paid. Sure, Prince Harry and Oprah are coming out with a mental health app soon, so I guess there’s a marketing ploy there. But, what was the actual purpose?
I understand Meghan’s need to “use her voice,” and set the tabloids straight. But in my eyes, this conversation did nothing but point a big ol’ finger at the monarchy, calling them racist, in an attempt to color people’s thinking about them, if not “cancel” them all together.
“Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind” Proverbs 11:29.
And maybe I’m naive to think that people just simply cannot harbor racist thoughts. In my mind, it is inconceivable that a person could think in such a hateful way. But I guess people do, and that just my naïveté, and I should feel so blessed to have grown up in a home and a community free from such toxicity.
Walking away from the interview, I’m going to just pray that this terrible rift in their family heals, and that both sides can come together in love and respect to address their differences and hurts, and that hearts can transform to see Christ in one another, and love them as such.
“You need to want to be saved.”
That was how Meghan Markle ended the interview, referring to how she and Harry left England to live a life outside of the royal family. And it’s ironic, because, as with the free will God so generously blessed us with, you need to want reconciliation, too.
It is a choice. It is a choice to forgive. It is a choice to seek forgiveness. Both of which, take an incredible amount of humility and love.
And so I pray that everyone in that family undergo a spirit transformation of just that.
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