The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in March, was nominated in the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special category. Harry and Meghan are not personally nominees, but Winfrey herself and the show's producers (Tara Montgomery, Terry Wood, Brian Piotrowicz, Brad Pavone, Lindsay Flader) are.
The highly anticipated sit-down, which marked the couple's first time publicly and candidly discussing their experiences in the royal institution, was watched by at least 17.1 million viewers and became a hot topic of discussion for days.
The two-hour program saw the Sussexes detailing their stepping down from their senior royal roles, Prince Harry's strained relationship with his family, and Meghan Markle's struggles to find support within The Firm, as well as the racism she experienced within the palace and from the media. In one particularly disturbing revelation, Markle shared that while she was pregnant with her firstborn, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, there were 'several conversations' about her future child's skin colour.
'In those months, when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he won't be given a title ... and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin will be when he's born,' she said.
Markle also discussed her mental health battles during her lowest points in the palace, and how she and Harry had to continue on at public engagements as if everything was fine. 'I share this because there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help,' she said. 'And I know personally how hard it is to not just voice it, but when you voice it to be told no.'
Following the interview a statement was issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen which read:
The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.
In their Emmy category, the couple and Winfrey are in the running against My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and Vice.
This marks the 10th Emmy nomination for Winfrey, who has been earning nods since 1989. She took home a trophy in 2000 for the made-for-TV movie Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie, received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002, and became a Hall of Fame honouree in 2014.
The Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 19, at 8 pm ET on CBS.
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