Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which shocked audiences in the UK and abroad, was snubbed at the Emmys. The award for Best Animated Non-Fiction Special went to Stanley Tucci’s series on Italy.
Winfrey’s encounter with the Royal Family was watched by more than 49 million people in the first three days after it aired in March, according to CBS.
Still, the CBS interview lost the Emmy in the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special category to actor Tucci’s CNN show on Italian cuisine, history and culture, “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy “. A Netflix talk show run by seasoned host David Letterman was also nominated for the same award.
Tucci, who this month revealed he had beaten cancer in the recent past, did not attend the ceremony in Los Angeles but gave a pre-recorded speech, according to Deadline. Known as a cooking enthusiast, he has written several cookbooks, including “Taste: My Life Through Food”, which will be released next month.
In the explosive interview, Markle opened up about how she struggled to fit in with the royal family and had suicidal thoughts while living in the UK. She accused the royal family of failing to protect her from media criticism.
Harry, in turn, explained how he had distanced himself from his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William.
The couple explained how they decided to give up some of their royal duties in 2020 and move to the United States, which surprised and baffled many Britons at the time.
In what was perhaps the most discussed moment of the interview, Markle claimed that an anonymous member of the royal family was concerned about the color of his skin and that of Harry’s future child. Winfrey later clarified that Harry told her that the person in question was not the Queen or the late Prince Philip, Harry’s grandfather.
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Following the interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the Queen and her family were “Saddened” to learn more about Harry and Meghan’s challenges over the past few years and that they have taken the issue of race seriously. William separately told reporters that the royal family is not racist.
Some laughed online at the royal couple’s interview being snubbed at the Emmys, while others congratulated Tucci on the win. “‘Three Random Whining Celebrities’ Just Couldn’t Win”, one person tweeted.
“No Emmy for Meghan and Harry’s moan to Oprah special”, reporter Peter Ford wrote.
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