Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won support from famous faces on both sides of the Atlantic after their interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the US on Sunday night.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of bombshell revelations about their life in the two-hour broadcast.
The interview saw Meghan candidly opening up about feeling suicidal during her time as part of the Royal Family, and revealing that one family member expressed racist concerns over their son Archie’s skin colour.
Harry also revealed that his father, Prince Charles, stopped takin calls from him following the couple’s decision to step back from the Royal Family, and addressed claims of a feud between himself and his brother Prince William.
Meghan’s friend Serena Williams was among the high-profile names to speak up for the couple as the revelations came to light, praising her “selfless and noble” pal.
“Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced,” the tennis champion said. “I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonise us.
Poet Amanda Gorman, who rose to global prominence after reading at Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year, tweeted: “Meghan was the Crown’s greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era.
“They didn’t just maltreat her light―they missed out on it.”
Bernice King, the youngest child of the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King, tweeted: “Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism. I’m grateful that #MeghanMarkle is still here.”
Musical spoken word artist George The Poet tweeted that he “loves Meghan and Harry”, while Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause said: “So happy Meghan got her voice back after having it silenced. Her voice is one we need more of.”
Meghan was the Crown's greatest opportunity for change, regeneration, and reconciliation in a new era. They didn't just maltreat her light--they missed out on it.
— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) March 8, 2021
We can know racism exists in an institution and still hurt for someone who was hurt by it. #MeghanMarkle
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 8, 2021
Such a moving interview. @Oprah remains the absolute best to ever do it.
Love that they got out since it will be better for everyone. So happy Meghan got her voice back after having it silenced. Her voice is one we need more of. Love their love🥺💕#HarryandMeghanonOprah
— Chrishell (@Chrishell7) March 8, 2021
Other stars including Jada Pinkett Smith, Good Morning Britain presenter Alex Beresford and actor Leslie Jordan, who said he “had Meghan’s back”, also showed support for the couple online.
👀 hmmmm now I know it’s just one side of the story (I bet we don’t get the other side) but jheeze this doesn’t sound like a welcoming progressive family? Some of what Meghan AND Harry are saying is predictable to me - Gut feelings and life experience.
— Alex Beresford (@alexberesfordTV) March 8, 2021
Fully on the Sussex’s side here & so happy they made the break! Need more info about William - sounds really bad. Also - we need the return of the big Oprah interview
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 8, 2021
Alex’s Good Morning Britain colleague Susanna Reid also derided fellow host Piers Morgan over his lack of sympathy for the Duchess, after he dismissed her comments about the suicidal feelings she had experienced.
CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry airs on ITV at 9pm tonight and on ITV Hub.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.