Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Implies a Lot of People in the UK Don't Know Who Oprah Is in New Interview

In a new interview, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joked that people in the United Kingdom don't know who Oprah Winfrey is.

  • Two members of the royal family have officially weighed in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell (opens in new tab) sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • In a new interview with The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, were asked about the Sussexes' interview and had a humorous response to the controversial royal moment. Prince Edward kicked things off by responding, "Oprah who?"
  • "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,” Sophie, said, doubling down on the joke that Oprah isn't a well-known figure in the United Kingdom.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, (opens in new tab) has a sense of humor about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey (opens in new tab).

In a new interview with The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Sophie and her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, were asked about the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' (opens in new tab) high-profile sit-down interview with Oprah. Edward's response? "Oprah who?"

Sophie kept the joke going, doubling down on the idea that Oprah isn't necessarily a well-known figure in the United Kingdom.

“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,” the Countess of Wessex said in the interview.

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In the interview, Sophie also weighed in on some specific points raised by Harry and Meghan during their chat with Oprah—specifically, their allegations of racism within the royal family.

In response to the allegations, Sophie presented a united front, saying simply that they are "still a family no matter what happens."

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