Harry and Meghan exiled by Oprah and Obama as US celebs realise ‘Sussexes equal drama’


Megastar Oprah Winfrey celebrated her 69th birthday over the weekend at a star-studded soiree attended by a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers, but Meghan and Harry were notably absent.

But Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not attend the megastar’s party organised by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Meghan once called Oprah a close friend and confidant. While that still may be true, the Duchess of Sussex certainly didn’t attend the event.

“Snubs like this show that the tide is turning with the Sussexes – and that the gamble that saw them trade in the lifelong duty of being working royalty for the money and fame of being celebrities hasn’t paid off,” Kara Kennedy wrote in a column for The Spectator.

Kennedy points to Prince Harry’s ITV interview ahead of the release of his memoir Spare in which he claimed the couple never said the Royal Family, or a specific Royal, was racist. This has been seen by some as contradictory following previous claims by Meghan Markle.

Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were notably absent from Oprah’s birthday party. (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The Sussexes’ chances of becoming Hollywood elite seem to have vanished, according to a columnist. (Image: GETTY)

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During a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan told the TV megastar that a member of the Royal Family had raised concerns about the skin colour of the Sussexes’ son Archie while Meghan was pregnant.

Kennedy wrote: “It’s easy to see why Oprah wouldn’t want the pair at her birthday shindig after Harry’s latest revelations. During his press tour for the duke’s memoir, Spare, nearly three years on from that bombshell interview with Oprah, he made her look stupid.”

The event is reminiscent of Barrack Obama’s 60th birthday celebration when he invited several top Hollywood stars-turned-philanthropists including George Clooney, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Meghan and Harry weren’t at the event.

That 2021 party took place a few months after the simmering tension between the Sussexes and the Firm exploded in the form of the Oprah interview.

Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian and J Lo were among stars who attended the event. (Image: Kim Kardashian/Instagram)

Spare by Prince Harry

Hollywood celebs can’t risk ‘not knowing’ where private details may end up, says Kennedy. (Image: GETTY)

Kennedy argued that celebrities couldn’t risk having Meghan and Harry around “never know[ing] where details of their private lives might end up.”

She added: “If Meghan and Harry ever had a chance of cracking the Hollywood scene, staying silent would have been a good option.”

However, following the release of a Netflix docuseries and Harry’s memoir Spare – preceded by several TV interviews by the Duke in the US and UK – that ship appears to have sailed.


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