Oprah Winfrey’s highly anticipated tell-all interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has finally aired, and the details are nothing short of shocking.
Neither the Duke nor Duchess of Sussex have shied away from calling out the British media, as well as the Royal family and institution, for subjecting the couple to unfathomable cruelty, including racism; relentless undue criticism; and even stripping the couple’s son—Archie—of his royal title and security detail before he was even born.
While the couple’s revelations have stirred up a fair share of conversation and controversy, there has been an outpouring of support from fans and friends alike—including a very touching public statement made by Tennis great, Serena Williams.
Williams took to her official social media pages to defend her long-time friends and share her thoughts on their experience:
“Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life—and leads by example— with empathy and compassion.
She teaches me everyday what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced” Williams wrote.
“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.
We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.
The mental health and consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.
Additionally, in the caption of her Instagram post, Williams shared that she was, “so proud” of both Meghan and Harry for being brave and strong in the face of something that is “never easy.”
Read her full statement below:
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You can watch the full interview here.