Start Your Day hosts talk Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry

Sharon Reed and Mike Hill expressed a desire to know who commented about the skin color of Meghan and Harry's son


FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London. Britain’s Prince Harry says it took him many years and the experience of living with his wife, the former Meghan Markle, to understand how his privileged upbringing shielded him from the reality of unconscious bias. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

In an interview that aired Sunday, Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah about their experiences as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The two-hour interview was the couple’s first since stepping down from their royal duties. 

Meghan and Harry discussed various topics, including losing royal protection, comments made about their son Archie’s skin color, and Meghan contemplating suicide. 

Start Your Day hosts Sharon Reed and Mike Hill opened the show with their thoughts about the interview. 

Reed called the alleged actions from Buckingham Palace gross and added that she might not support the royal family’s future events. 

“The whole thing, it’s just so gross,” Reed said. 

Hill said it made him think about his daughters and how he’d feel if they needed help the way Meghan did. 

“I’m happy and sad to hear what she went through when she was contemplating suicide. I’m happy that she used the platform to talk about that because people need to hear about that more often to know that they are not alone,” he said. “[I’m] sad to know that this beautiful sister was over there and she wasn’t able to get any help because they didn’t get her any help.” 

Reed also thinks so many people were rooting for the couple because Meghan is biracial. 

“I think so many of us, [and] I don’t know if I’m proud of this, were rooting for this because, in part, she is biracial. Yes, her mother is Black,” Reed said, tying it to a desire by Black people to be accepted by white people. 

“…and there’s this thing within us sometimes of this desire, this craving, this need to be accepted and loved by white people and included,” she said. 

The hosts also expressed a desire to know who commented about the skin color of the couple’s son. 

Since the interview aired, the United Kingdom’s Labour Party has called for an investigation into the allegations of racism at Buckingham Palace. 

A statement was released on behalf of the Queen on Tuesday saying the family is “saddened” to learn of the issues “particularly that of race.”

It goes on to say that the family will always be “much loved.”