George Floyd’s family ‘back Harry and Meghan and say “We will gladly take them if Britain doesn’t want them”‘ after backlash to bombshell Netflix interview in the UK
- Meghan and Harry have regularly spoken out about issues of race in Britain
- In their new series they blast the country’s ‘unconscious bias’
- Unnamed family member of George Floyd spoke out in their support
- Click here to follow today’s Harry and Meghan news LIVE
A family member of George Floyd has spoken out in support of Harry and Meghan after their bombshell Netflix show sparked outrage in Britain.
The royal couple have deepened their row with the royal family in their latest series of scathing attacks which have caused consternation in the UK and led to calls to strip them of their titles.
But in their adopted home country of the US, the Sussexes have been praised for speaking out about issues of race and prejudice.
The unnamed family member of Floyd told US correspondent Noel Phillips on Good Morning Britain: ‘We will gladly take them if Britain don’t want them.’
A family member of George Floyd has spoken out in support of Harry and Meghan after their bombshell Netflix show sparked outrage in Britain
Meghan’s attacks on Britain, slamming the country’s ‘unconscious bias’ in her new series, have often seen her praised by activists.
Meghan has regularly spoken out about Floyd who was killed by a police officer who knelt on his neck in 2020, sparking global protests over racial injustice.
Weeks after the murder, the Duchess addressed graduating pupils at her old school, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, where she also named other African Americans who were killed in the US by police in recent years.
The former actress, who attended the school from the age of 11 to 18, said: ‘George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.’
Meghan has regularly spoken out about Floyd who was killed by a police officer who knelt on his neck in 2020
On speaking out about Mr Floyd, she said: ‘I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart. And I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.’
The Duchess also said how the students are ‘going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do’, adding: ‘With as diverse, vibrant and opened minded as I know the teachings at Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter.’
In a speech later that year, Meghan said Floyd’s death ‘invoked centuries of unhealed wounds’.
She told the NAACP Awards: ‘For Black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds transcended time, invoking centuries of our unhealed wounds.
‘In the months that followed, as my husband and I spoke with the civil rights community, we committed ourselves and our organization, Archewell, to illuminating those who are advancing racial justice and progress.’
Meghan and Harry’s new series has been met with praise and anger, but it is resonating more with Americans, US correspondent Phillips said today/
The British reporter said: ‘Mixed reviews so far, but the overwhelming feeling is that the couple are winning the PR brand management strategy.
Americans are lauding Harry and Meghan after their bombshell Netflix special released, hailing the ‘fairytale’ couple
‘Harry and Meghan are not just rewriting the royal narrative that we all know of their lives so far, but they are creating this brand new American fairytale and it seems to be resonating with a lot of people.
‘I spoke to one woman earlier today who told me she was in tears watching the series, “they are just couple goals”, she went on to say.
‘Another man said, “I was expecting a lot of drama and for tea to be spilled”. I assume he’s referring to the accusations of racism and bullying.
‘He then went on to ask me: “Is your country really that prejudiced and outdated when it comes to race?”‘
Noel Phillips, speaking to Good Morning Britain, said there have been ‘mixed reviews’ in the royal couple’s new home country
The public mood reflects the fawning media reaction in the US, while on the other side of the pond the couple were lambasted for speaking out against the family.
The first three episodes of the six-part series aired Thursday morning.
Morning show hosts like Meghan’s friend Gayle King on CBS said it was a ‘good thing’ the couple was ‘finally’ being allowed to have their ‘say’ – despite having previously told their story to Oprah, and recounted it in episodes of a Spotify podcast.
CBS foreign correspondent Holly Williams gushed that it was a ‘beautifully produced’ series that shows the inner workings of a couple in love and ‘victimized’ by the press.
Meghan’s friend Gayle King said it was a ‘good thing’ the couple was allowed to tell ‘their story’ and claimed: ‘People will have a different perspective when they hear what they have to say’
CBS foreign correspondent Holly Williams gushed that it was a ‘beautifully produced’ series that shows the inner workings of a couple in love and ‘victimized’ by the press
ABC reporter Lama Hasan launched her report with a generous description of the series: ‘This gives unprecedented access to Harry nd Meghan, packed with their personal photos. They want to tell their version of the story… all of these interviews were carried out before the Queen’s death,’ she said
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‘A beautifully produced vision of family victimized and pursued by the media. Some will say it’s a high end reality show, but it’s also a searing critique of the UK tabloid media and the relationship with the royal family,’ she said.
She also claimed that Harry and Meghan’s sensational claims of racism against the royal family were ‘bolstered’ by the fact that far-right extremists had threatened Meghan.
Back in the studio, Gayle said it was only a ‘good thing’ that Harry and Meghan were being allowed to share their story ‘in their words’.
‘People get to hear in their own words what they were dealing with. People will have a different perspective when they hear what they have to say.
‘Now they get to have their say. It’s a good thing,’ she said.
On NBC, hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, along with the royal correspondents and reporters interviewed, were more balanced.
Keir Simmons pointed out the royals’ claim that none of them were contacted for their comment, despite Netflix claiming they declined to contribute.
Correspondent Katie Nichol also pointed out that Meghan and Harry had been handsomely paid.
‘You watched it so we don’t have to,’ said Savannah at the start of the segment.
Online, NBC News branded the growing rift an ‘epic squabble’ but says the series offers ‘little new information about the couple and the controversies that have swirled around them.’
NBC’s Today show hosts refrained from heaping praise or criticism on the couple but Savannah Guthrie expressed her gratitude at royal correspondents watching the series so ‘we don’t have to’
The Washington Post said the series as ‘likely to anger’ British royals
Online, NBC referred to the ‘clash’ between the royal family and Harry and Meghan and described the affair as an ‘epic squabble’
CNN highlighted how the Duke and Duchess took aim at the ‘unconscious bias’ inside the royal family
The New York Times seized on Meghan’s complaints about racism and lax security in Toronto before she and Harry were even engaged
CNN highlighted how the Duke and Duchess took aim at the ‘unconscious bias’ inside the royal family, as they fiercely defended their decision to quit in the explosive ‘Megxit’ row.
The Washington Post said the streaming series is ‘likely to anger British royals’, describing it as an ‘attempt to seize control of the narrative about their rift.’
On Good Morning America on ABC, correspondent Robert Jobson unleashed on the pair.
‘I found it quite difficult to watch in places because I think Harry didn’t know what day of the week it was.
‘Meghan looked really at a loss and I’m not sure that they are going to look back at this and think it was one of their finest hours.’
The second installment of the docuseries airs next Thursday.
So far, the show has not revealed any new information about the couple or how they claim they were treated by the royals.
It has been compared to a Kardashians-style, reality-TV look at the life of a pair who have in the past complained about not having enough privacy.
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