Meghan and Harry snubbed as Emmy nomination for Oprah interview will not be televised
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Meghan and Harry stunned audiences around the world and shook the Palace to its core when they agreed to a sit-down, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March. The couple had been lying relatively low since their dramatic departure from The Firm last year, but having completely cut all ties with the Royal Family — and confirmed they had no intention of returning — they went against Palace tradition and spoke candidly about their royal experience. The Sussexes made a string of serious allegations against their royal relatives which left viewers around the world gobsmacked.
Meghan revealed she had suffered a severe mental health decline behind Palace walls and criticised The Firm’s handling of race, while Harry lifted the lid on his feud with both Prince William and Prince Charles.
The two-hour special aired on CBS on March 7, and aired in the UK on ITV the following day.
‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’ was watched by at least 60 million people worldwide and prompted a wave of republican sentiment across the Commonwealth and the UK.
The bombshell interview has now been nominated for an Emmy in the category of Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.
The programme will be up against four other nominees: ‘Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy’, David Letterman’s Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, ‘United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell’, and Showtime’s ‘Vice’.
However, in a blow to the couple, Oprah and the other nominees this particular category is not expected to be televised.
The website of the International Documentary Association explained: “Next to the Oscars, the Emmys are the most prestigious awards in Hollywood.
“Everyone has seen the Emmys on television but the Emmy broadcast shows only a small number of the actual awards.”
Due to the high number of categories, this particular award is instead expected to be handed out several days before the televised awards ceremony.
It will then be covered in a fast recap during the televised show, rather than announced during the highly-anticipated broadcast.
There has been a mixed reaction among royal fans online to the news that the interview might be taking home a gong.
One royal watcher took to Twitter and criticised the nomination, claiming: “Anyone who is surprised by the Oprah interview getting an Emmy nomination needs only to look at all of the nominations for The Crown to realise that Americans love heavily fictionalised versions of royal history.”
‘The Crown’ is a fictionalised take on the Queen’s reign, with the most recent series covering Princess Diana’s first decade in the Palace.
The fourth series was considered widely detrimental to the Royal Family, much like the Oprah Winfrey interview.
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‘The Crown’ is also up for 24 Emmy nominations, meaning it ties with ‘The Mandalorian’ for the most nominations of any show.
However, some followers hit back and claimed that the interview was not fictionalised.
One replied: “The Oprah interview was well-handled and sparked a lot of conversations, watched by millions.”
Some praised the tell-all, tweeting: “They all deserve their flowers for having the courage to speak their truth.”
Another account did concede that Oprah managed to “get two members of the Royal Family to speak publicly about their personal experience” which in itself is a momentous achievement.
Oprah Winfrey slammed by expert for giving ‘herself more publicity’
It is Oprah’s eighth award nomination, and led to declarations among viewers that the TV legend was the GOAT — “Greatest of All Time” — in the interviewing world.
Broadcaster and executive producer Tamron Hall tweeted: “Never ever doubt @Oprah ‘the GOAT’. She will always ask what you are thinking. #HarryandMeghanonOprah.”
Jason Goldman, former Chief Digital Officer of the White House during the Obama administration even tweeted: “I like that Oprah shows up now and then to remind people she’s the GOAT.”
The debate around the truth behind Meghan and Harry’s claims in the Oprah interview was sparked by the Palace’s response that “some recollections may vary” — but the Sussexes have maintained that they were telling their truth.
The Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 19 at 8pm ET on CBS.
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