Michelle Obama reacts to Meghan & Harry's Oprah interview

Anya Meyerowitz
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Photo credit: Jim Bennett
Photo credit: Jim Bennett

As well as taking up knitting during the pandemic and having her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, return home, Michelle Obama has also been busy filming her own cooking show for kids. The new cooking series Waffles + Mochi, launches on Netflix today (16th March), and ahead of its release the former First Lady spoke to Access.

During the interview, the former First Lady spoke about her connection to Meghan Markle and her reaction to the bombshell Oprah interview that aired in the UK last Monday (8th March) on ITV.

Michelle, who Meghan interviewed for British Vogue in 2019, sent her best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and expressed her hope that the couple can now find a form of closure that works for them and their family:

'My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time,' Michelle said.

Photo credit: Handout
Photo credit: Handout

The 57-year-old added: 'Because there’s nothing more important than family.'

In another interview with NBC News, which will air in the US this morning, Michelle described the conversation Harry had with a senior royal over Archie's skin tone as 'heartbreaking', but 'not surprising'.

Michelle is the latest celebrity to show support for Meghan and Harry after their CBS interview with Oprah.

Last Week, Beyoncé shared a message on her website, praising the Meghan for her bravery.

'Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership,' wrote Beyoncé alongside an image of the pair meeting at the Lion King premiere in July 2019.

And Serena Williams, one of Meghan's long-standing friends, also expressed her support and admiration via a message on Instagram.

The tennis star shared a picture of a short statement on Instagram with a caption that read: 'I am so proud of you for being so brave, I know it is never easy. You are strong- both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friend S. [sic]'

In Williams' statement of solidity, the athlete drew on her own experiences of racism and prejudice throughout her career.

'She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she experienced,' she said of Markle.

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During her interview with Access, Michelle Obama also took the opportunity to express her gratitude for her own loved ones, especially husband Barack Obama, saying:

'First of all, he loves his daughters with all of his heart. He wants nothing but the best for them. But more importantly, he knows how smart and capable they are as young women and he treats them as equals.

'They still have discipline and rules and respect, but he encourages them in everything they do. And that’s all you want from a dad. Not just for a girl dad, but any dad who is involved and engaged and shows love and stability and consistency. That’s the kind of dad he is.'

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