Phillip Schofield suggests Harry and Meghan need to ‘shut up now’ after Oprah interview

Kerry Martin
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Phillip Schofield
Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield has sparked controversy during a segment on This Morning today for saying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview "stabbed a knife through the heart of the monarchy".

Schofield and co-host Holly Willoughby by guests Beverley Turner and Gyles Brandreth, were discussing comments made by Meghan's friend Gayle King on CBS This Morning that members of the Royal Family have yet to speak to the Duchess of Sussex following the interview. 

Playing devil's advocate, Schofield posed the question: "Isn't there this feeling, Gyles, that 'you've made your point, essentially shut up now and get on with your quiet American life, you've stabbed a knife through the heart of the monarchy...' — and obviously there were some things that they felt needed to be said, fair enough — but, 'stop now.'"

In the interview, Meghan said an unnamed senior member of the Royal Family had raised "concerns" with Prince Harry about the potential skin colour of the couple's children.

Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

CBS host King also revealed that she had spoken to the couple over the weekend as the ramifications of the interview continue.

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King said: “I think what is still upsetting to them is the Palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, the false stories are coming out that are disparaging against Meghan still.

“No one in the Royal Family has talked to Meghan yet at this particular time.

"They both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that's Harry's family."

Turner strongly expressed to Schofield and Willoughby that she wasn’t pleased about Meghan "leaking" this information to King, saying: "She can't resist getting this information out."

CBS This Morning Co-Host Gayle King broadcasts live from Washington DC on Inauguration Day 2021. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
CBS This Morning host Gayle King. (Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

Schofield said: "There's been an enormous amount of sympathy over the race issue and the mental health issue... but looking at the polls, that sympathy seems to be ebbing away quite quickly."

Brandreth agreed and accused of Meghan of not keeping family matters private.

This Morning viewers were divided over Schofield's comments, with one saying: "Stabbed a knife at the heart of the monarchy?! A bit dramatic Phil".

King also revealed Prince Harry had spoken to Prince William and Prince Charles following the interview.

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But she said the chat was "unproductive" as "the Firm" continue to reel from the sensational allegations the couple made.