QUEEN RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM MADE BY MEGHAN MARKLE
LONDON (AP) – Buckingham Palace says says allegations of racism made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “concerning.” But it says it won’t discuss the matter in public any further. A statement issued on behalf of Queen Elizabeth yesterday was the first – and apparently the only – response to the explosive claims made by the couple in their interview with Oprah Winfrey. The couple says at least one member of the royal clan expressed “concerns” about how dark their son’s skin would be. While not directly denying the allegation, the statement from the Queen says some recollections of that incident account “may vary.”
OPRAH SCORES RATINGS TRIUMPH WITH MEGHAN/HARRY INTERVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) – Fifty million and counting. That’s the international viewership total so far for Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. CBS, which aired the chat, says the interview has been seen by 49.1 million viewers in 16 countries. And the network says that total will increase as more locations where the show aired report their ratings. In the U.S. alone, there were 17.8 million viewers. To goose that total a little more, CBS will re-air the interview Friday for those who missed it the first time around – or want to see it again.
PIERS MORGAN QUITS BRITISH TV SHOW OVER MEGHAN CONTROVERSY
LONDON (AP) – The fallout from the bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has taken down a British TV host. Piers Morgan has quit “Good Morning, Britain” because of the furor over his comments about Markle. Morgan, who gripes that he and Markle were buds until she ghosted him, has been critical of her since. When she said she’d become suicidal because of the way the royals treated her, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of what she said. That drew more than 41,000 complaints to Britain’s media watchdog. And when Morgan doubled down on the attacks yesterday, he was called out on the air by the show’s weatherman. That prompted Morgan to stalk off the set – and later ITV said he won’t be back.
BLACKS IN BRITAIN REACT TO MEGHAN MARKLE’S COMPLAINTS ABOUT RACISM
LONDON (AP) – Shocked, but not surprised. It’s how many Blacks in the U.K. are reacting to the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview – in which they said they were victims of racism by the royal family and the British tabloids. Many Blacks say Britain has racial problems like those in the U.S. – except, that most Brits are in denial about it. Minorities who have commented on the flap say they hope the interview will finally lead to more honest talk about racism in the U.K.
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATIONS GO TO TWO WOMEN
NEW YORK (AP) – The Directors Guild of America has reached a milestone. This year, two women are nominated for the award for outstanding directorial achievement. Chloe Zhao is nominated for “Nomadland” while Emerald Fennell is up for “Promising Young Woman.” It’s the first time the DGA has had two women compete for the top honor in the same year. What’s more, only nine times before has a woman even gotten a nod for best director. The most recent: Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird” in 2018.
ROGER MUDD, LONGTIME ANCHOR, REPORTER, DIES AT 93
UNDATED (AP) – Longtime news anchor Roger Mudd has died. CBS News says he died yesterday of complications of kidney failure at his home near Washington D.C. He was 93. Mudd rose to fame covering Congress, elections and political conventions in an era where the big three TV networks were the main outlets for news in the U.S. Mudd will be remembered for a question that wrecked a presidential candidate’s campaign. In a 1979 interview, he asked Sen. Edward Kennedy why he wanted to run. When Kennedy muffed the answer, his campaign was over even before it began. Mudd won a Peabody Award for the interview, while Kennedy lost the Democratic nomination to President Jimmy Carter, who went on to lose to Ronald Reagan.