‘I’m so proud’: Oprah Winfrey opens up about Prince Harry and Meghan’s private birthing plan

By Meaghan Wray

Oprah Winfrey has lived her entire adult life in the public eye, so she knows a thing or two about the struggle to keep personal things private. The Duchess of Sussex has always counted the talk show host as one of her biggest supporters – and especially now when it comes to keeping her royal baby’s birth plan private.

“Oh, my God! I’m so proud of her decisions,” Oprah gushed to Entertainment Tonight. “To be able to stand up and say this is what I really want for my baby and my family and now I’m going to do it a different way when it’s been done that way for a thousand years? I’m just so proud of her.”

Oprah attended Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, along with Idris Elba and his now-wife, Sabrina Dowhre. Photo: © Chris Radburn - WPA Pool/Getty Images

At the beginning of April, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would keep their child’s birth plans mostly private. A Buckingham Palace statement said they would share information “once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

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Oprah, 65, says that’s pretty admirable! “I think it does a lot for all the women who are trying to keep up [with the pressure put on new moms],” she said. As for debuting their baby when they choose, the businesswoman said: “Who is ready to walk out and stand before the world and put that face on, you know, a day after you've had a baby? So I think for her and him – I’m sure it was a mutual decision for the two of them. I think it’s a great thing.”

In a separate interview with Access Hollywood, Oprah revealed she’s already picked out gifts for Baby Sussex, and it looks like a love of reading will be instilled in the child from a very early age! “I have a standard gift that I do for people that I really care about,” she told the TV program. “So I don’t know the baby’s name or the baby’s gender, but this baby will have enough books to last a lifetime!”

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Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey have been best friends since they met working at a TV station in Baltimore. Photo: © Cooper Neill/Getty Images For The Potter’s House

The author and former talk show host opened up on how she feels about the way Meghan has been treated in the media when she appeared on CBS This Morning opposite best friend Gayle King earlier this month. “I think she's being portrayed unfairly. I feel that if people really knew her they would know that she is not only everything we perceive of her, in being graceful and dynamic in holding that position, but she just has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart,” Oprah said. “I think it’s very unfair.”

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