Wendell Pierce has spoken out to clarify his comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, after calling it ‘insignificant’.
The actor, 57, who starred as Meghan’s character Rachel Zane’s father on Suits, had shared his thoughts on the couple’s bombshell interview, in which they claimed a member of the family had ‘expressed concerns’ about what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.
Wendell appeared on LBC to say: ‘Today 3,000 people are going to die in America from Covid… a couple of hundred people are going to die, even this hour, in the UK.’
He added: ‘It was quite insensitive and offensive that we are all complicit in this sort of palace… gossip in the midst of so much death. I think it is insignificant.’
Wendell has since taken to Twitter to explain his comments, writing: ‘I just discovered my words are being used as an attack. Well done British Press.
‘Clarity: The British monarchy is archaic in my American eyes. If slavery, colonialism and apartheid didn’t educate you that they are racist, you failed history.
‘I was fortunate to tell Meghan personally I wish her all the best. Predicting this hellacious maelstrom I also told her she would always have a friend in me. Because I had no interest in the interview doesn’t change that.’
In the interview, Meghan had also revealed that she had had suicidal thoughts during the worst times, when the intrusion into her and Harry’s life became too much and ‘didn’t want to live any more.’
Wendell reiterated that he was ‘in no way insensitive to suicide’ having experienced it in his own family, concluding: ‘As I told Meghan, I support her and wish her all the best.’
Another of Meghan’s Suits co-stars, Patrick J Adams, previously shared a statement of support for her, branding the Royal family as ‘obscene’.
Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview: Key moments
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken to Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell interview about their decision to step back as senior working members of the Royal Family.
Here are the key points from the interview, which UK viewers can watch at 9pm on ITV on Monday, March 8.
- Meghan says it was Kate who made her cry over flower girls, not other way round
- Meghan says Harry was told there were ‘concerns how dark’ Archie would be
- Harry and Meghan reveal the gender of their baby due in summer
- Meghan sobs as she says pressures of royal life drove her to the verge of suicide
- Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls after he quit Royal Family
- Harry says Meghan saved him from being ‘trapped’ like Prince Charles and Prince William are
- Princess Diana would be ‘sad and angry about how this has panned out’
- Meghan and Harry share adorable new video of son Archie at the beach
- Harry confirms terrible rift with William and says their relationship is now just ‘space’
- Queen ‘ghosted Harry during Megxit talks and got aide to say she was too busy’