Sophie Wessex’s Harry and Meghan ‘put down’ delights Brits’ ‘sense of fair play’

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Sophie Wessex has been praised for her "hilarious put-down" of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah tell-all.

The Countess of Wessex's quip that she hadn't heard of the now-notorious interview will appeal to the "British sense of fair play", royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were accused of not offering Buckingham Palace a right to reply before airing their bombshell allegations against the monarchy in March, the Mirror reports.

But the Countess of Wessex made light of the situation when she and husband Prince Edward sat down for an interview with the Telegraph's royal editor Camilla Tominey.

When the couple were quizzed about the Oprah tell-all, Edward joked: "Oprah who?"

While Sophie followed up with: "Yes, what interview?"

She was later asked about an anecdote that the Archbishop of Canterbury did not know who Oprah was at the Sussex wedding.

The Countess replied: "You know, if you’re not into chat shows, there’s no reason why you should know who she is.

"Certainly not in this country, anyway."

Mr Fitzwilliam said the countess' comeback was "hilarious" and would appeal to the "British sense of fair play" after the fallout that came from Harry and Meghan's interview.

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He said: "It is a marvellous example of how to answer an impossible question, had they given a critical view of it it would have instantly gone viral when the article was published."

The Countess's put down will have appealed to the British public, the pundit claimed.

He added: "However, the Countess of Wessex's gentle joke when she defended the Archbishop of Canterbury for not knowing who Oprah was at the Sussexes wedding by saying that if you aren't into chat shows there is no reason you should, not in Britain anyway, is a hilarious put down.

"This will appeal to the British sense of fair play."

The commentator branded the Sussexes interview "a nuclear attack", he said: "Harry and Meghan's interview on Oprah was a premeditated assault on the monarchy that I have compared to a nuclear attack and they knew the institution could not hit back at their claims in any detail.

"The Queen's 61-word statement was perfection when she said 'some recollections may vary'.

"Making fun of an interview where no searching questions were asked and its famous host, who never seriously quizzed Meghan and Harry about any of their controversial claims, is a marvellous, informal follow up to the Queen's response."

In the Queen's statement addressing the Oprah interview she made clear issues raised by Harry and Meghan would be dealt by the Royal Family in private.

The Sussexes' representative has been contacted for comment.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Sophie Wessex

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