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Oprah Winfrey insists Meghan Markle's bombshell interview was 'truthful'

 Oprah has insisted Meghan was speaking honestly in her interview (Image: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese v)

Oprah Winfrey has come to the defence of her pal Meghan Markle, insisting she told the truth during their bombshell tell-all interview.

The chat show queen's explosive chat with Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sent shockwaves around the world thanks to a string of wild claims.

Most notably, Meghan claimed she was refused help by the palace when she confessed that she was struggling with suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with son Archie.

And both she and her husband said there had been discussions within the royal household about what colour Archie's skin might be.

They refused to go into detail about exactly what was said and who had said it, but the racism claims still left people gobsmacked.

The interview left people totally divided, with some hailing Meghan as brave for speaking out and others - like Piers Morgan - publicly slamming Meghan.

Piers even sensationally quit his presenting role on Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise for saying he didn't believe a word Meghan had said.

But Oprah insists her friend was speaking the truth.

 The bombshell interview sparked major discussion (Image: CBS)

The 67-year-old said on Nancy O'Dell's TalkShopLive show: "I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have. I did a lot of preparation for that.

"Our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible."

She even confessed she herself was "surprised" by how open Meghan and Harry decided to be in the interview.

Oprah said she had spoken to the royal couple over text message ahead of their sit-down chat so that they could "align their goal" which they both said was to tell the truth.

Meanwhile, Paul Burrell, the former butler of Harry's late mother Princess Diana, has said that he'll need Meghan's full support when he returns to the US a "broken man" following Prince Philip's funeral.

He told Closer magazine: "Harry's world was torn apart when he left the UK and moved to California last year - and now he's faced with the consequences. And in such devastating circumstances - to commemorate the loss of his grandpa.

"Being back in the UK, seeing his family - the family he has criticised - is extremely difficult. Seeing his beloved granny, the Queen, and to face his father and brother would not be easy. Even submerging himself back into the House of Windsor and the buildings that hold so many memories.

"The chapel - the same chapel where he married Meghan almost three years ago in very different circumstances. It will have stirred up all kinds of painful emotions for him. He will really have felt the impact of the decision he's made now and it'll hit home."

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