Gayle King Comments on Meghan & Harry Stepping Back as Senior Members of the Royal Family

Gayle King has shared her thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back from the British Royal Family. King also opened up about the status of that much-speculated post-royals exclusive interview.

Two weeks ago, Meghan and Harry announced their plans to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent." Not unexpectedly, mixed reactions have trailed their decision.

Gayle King at the TIME's 2009 Person of the Year on Nov. 12, 2009 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Gayle King at the TIME's 2009 Person of the Year on Nov. 12, 2009 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

King, who was present when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in 2018, and at Meghan’s baby shower a year later, has always expressed her support for the young couple.

Winfrey recently denied claims that she advised Meghan and Harry to abandon their places in the royal family.

In a recent interview with ET Online, the "CBS This Morning" co-host reiterated her stand, saying she believes Harry and Meghan "made a decision that they think is best for them, and I know that I'm pulling for them 100 percent."

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry at a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on Dec. 1, 2017 in England | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry at a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on Dec. 1, 2017 in England | Photo: Getty Images

Lamenting some of the negative media coverage that has followed the couple’s decision, King added:

"It's very hard to look at the headlines that said [Queen Elizabeth II] was blindsided or they treated the queen shabbily. That's why I really appreciate that the statement from the Queen herself saying these conversations have been going on for a very long time."

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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"At the end of the day, these are two people who are in love, who just want to be a family together," she continued. "And it's no diss on the Queen. It's no diss on the U.K., none of that."

The 65-year-old veteran journalist also made it clear that, despite her relationship with Harry and Meghan, she hasn’t asked for the post-royal exclusive interview everyone seems to be waiting for.  

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle & their son Archie meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle & their son Archie meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

King and her best friend, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, have made it clear on more than one occasion that they support the Sussexes in their decision to retreat from royal life and become private citizens.

While out and about in New York City on Tuesday night, Winfrey told former TMZ camera guy Adam Glyn that she supports Meghan and Harry "one thousand percent" as they move on with their new lives.

Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey at The Robin Hood Foundation's 2016 Benefit on May 9, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey at The Robin Hood Foundation's 2016 Benefit on May 9, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Just a few days after Meghan and Harry dropped the bombshell, King tackled royal historian Penny Junor who insisted race had nothing to do with the treatment Meghan was getting in the press.

King cited the case of the BBC reporter who was fired for tweeting the image of a chimp and tagging it "Royal baby leaves hospital" shortly after Harry and Meghan welcomed their son, Archie. "That is, in fact, very racist," the journalist doubled down.

According to Daily Mail, Winfrey recently denied claims that she advised Meghan and Harry to abandon their places in the royal family. The media mogul, meanwhile, is in partnership with the Duke to create a new series about mental health on Apple TV Plus.

On Monday, Harry joined Meghan and their son in Canada, where the couple will reportedly be spending most of their time. They plan to split their activities between the North American country and the UK from now on.

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