EAMONN HOLMES has criticised Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over plans for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in the US.
The Belfast-born presenter questioned the motives behind the interview during a discussion on the topic with This Morning’s royal correspondents Camilla Tominey and Nick Ferrari.
Holmes suggested the interview was more of a PR exercise than an interview, given the couple’s close relationship with Winfrey.
“Well, it’s not an interview really, is it? It’s an ad, really. I mean, Oprah’s a mate, Oprah was at her wedding," he said.
“Meghan’s mum stayed with Oprah at her home as a house guest. So it’s not an interview as such.”
Responding to the TV presenter, Tominey appeared to agree with Holmes’s suggestions.
“‘Well, I don’t think she’s going to be throwing really difficult questions at Meghan and admittedly it’s going to be hugely sympathetic because, as you say, they’re friends,” she said.
“Though interestingly, it’s been pointed out that they’d only met once before Oprah turned up at the royal wedding in Windsor castle in May 2018. But yes, I think it’s going to be a soft soap kind of an interview.”
Holmes previously courted controversy in 2019 when he said the couple had an “uppity attitude”.
The Northern Irishman’s choice of words sparked a slew of complaints to Ofcom, over the racist connotations surrounding the word “uppity”.
The word “uppity” originated out of the US, where it was once used as a term to describe a Black person who didn’t know their place in society.
ITV responded to the complaints, defending Holmes, who was unaware of the racist implications behind the word.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is due to air on March 7 in the US.