During the two-hour special that aired Sunday night on CBS, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about mental health struggles, the gender of their second child and an emotional exchange Meghan had with Prince William’s wife Duchess Kate, among other bombshells.
Following the interview, Serena Williams praised her “selfless friend” Meghan in a statement posted on her Twitter account, adding that the duchess’ comments “illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.”
“I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us,” the tennis icon wrote. “We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.”
The revelatory interview drew other strong reactions on Twitter.
“This is so sad,” tweeted Andy Cohen. “And riveting. And I want to see every second of the rest of it.”
Meghan McCain wrote: “Monarchy has been an archaic and toxic concept since 1776,” along with a GIF of the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
MSNBC host Chris Hayes said the special highlighted Winfrey’s skill as an interview.
“I didn’t actually quite understand Oprah’s singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer until I became one but she’s legit on another level,”…