After a week of transatlantic turmoil, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan of Sussex returned Friday to business-as-usual for royals: championing causes and highlighting success stories.
Harry and Meghan, whose interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS last week unleashed a whirlwind of recriminations, announced their Archewell Foundation will back four charity organizations, including racial justice non-profit Color of Change, that they believe embody compassion, unify communities and drive systemic change.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took over the headlines in Britain and America this week when they told Winfrey last Sunday that they fled to America last year to escape racism in the British media and in his family, and because Meghan got no support from the palace when she became suicidal over the pressure of being in the royal family.
People are still reeling from the fallout. A post-interview YouGov poll in Britain found that both Harry and Meghan took big hits in their popularity ratings, now at their lowest ever level in the United Kingdom, YouGov said Friday.
However, the American pollster Morning Consult reported Friday that the interview boosted the ratings of the Sussexes. Meghan’ favorability among Americans who watched climbed 22 points from a pre-interview poll to 67%.
But the royal show must go on, and the 94-year-old queen continues to lead the way via Zoom from Windsor Castle, where she is sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic.