CNN’s coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey was largely from the left-wing broadcaster’s usual woke playbook.
There was much praise from the couple for sharing their ‘truth’, with little critical analysis as to whether the former royals’ allegations were rooted in reality.
But there was one honorable exception.
A full 18 days after the Oprah interview aired, CNN’s London-based presenter Max Foster appeared on the New Day breakfast show to debunk many of the half-truths or outright lies in the interview.
His first-class reporting included never-before-heard reports from former royal staffers of the efforts ‘The Firm’ had made to accommodate Meghan.
There were new revelations that the Queen had even sent two of her most trusted confidants, dresser Angela Kelly and lady-in-waiting Susan Hussey, to prepare Meghan for the royal life.
After reviewing the report, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota confessed live on the airwaves that she wondered if she still trusted Harry and Meghan’s account to Oprah.
‘Now I am completely turned around. Now I am completely confused. Now I don’t know what to believe anymore, ”she said.
The broadcast was so remarkable that I immediately tweeted about it, as it was the first indication that the left-wing American broadcast media would finally shed light on the obvious inconsistencies in the interview.
But then a strange thing happened.
The video report disappeared from CNN’s website and was never discussed or broadcast again.
Eighteen days after Harry and Meghan’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, CNN produced a report questioning some of their claims. However, the network seems to have been quietly hiding the report ever since
So remarkable was the broadcast, Dan Wootton immediately tweeted about it because it was “ the first indication that the left-wing American broadcast media might finally shed light on the obvious inconsistencies in the interview. ”
The story link I posted was removed and redirected to CNN’s homepage, making it nearly impossible for anyone to view the report again.
CNN’s attempt to take it offline meant it was largely ignored by the rest of the media.
Since Meghan complained directly to ITV about Piers Morgan’s critical coverage of the interview, royal insiders are now asking: Could the Sussexes silence CNN too?
A CNN spokesperson declined to tell me if the broadcaster had any communication from the Sussexes, Oprah, or friends of either regarding the report.
Insiders at the broadcaster suggested that the report – with numerous clips from the Oprah interview – could have been removed if a complaint had been made about the use of third-party footage.
But a US media insider told me, “The CNN report was the first instance that a left-wing American outlet came forward to deny much of what the Sussexes said. It felt like a real turning point here.
However, it appears that CNN has gone to great lengths to make the report nearly impossible to find online.
The original link now leads to CNN’s homepage, even though there are pages on pages of positive written coverage about the Sussexes when you search for it.
Max Foster’s original report has its headline and description removed online, meaning it cannot be searched for.
That seems like an unusual clanger from such a respected global news site, especially now that Meghan is still one of the most googled people in the world.
CNN’s Max Foster appeared on the New Day breakfast show to debunk allegations made by the Sussexes during their interview with Oprah
“The most suspicious of us might wonder if Meghan or Oprah have some powerful friends who want to help them censor negative coverage, even in a powerful organization like CNN.”
Former BBC presenter Max Foster – who joined CNN in 2005 – first broadcast his study live from Hampshire in the UK at 10:47 am, which was 6:47 am New York time.
The image on the screen read, ‘Royal Reckoning: Inconsistencies in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Bomb Interview.’
Foster began softly by saying, ‘Whether you’re Team Sussex or not, it’s hard to get into the profound issues raised by the Oprah Winfrey interview, especially around suicide prevention and confronting racism, where it also lives.
But he continued, “Critics of the couple point to inconsistencies in telling everything.”
He outlined the case against the interview with seven major criticisms:
A: The Platform’s Choice – ABC and Oprah Winfrey
Foster said this was against Harry and Meghan’s earlier promise to partner with ‘grassroots media organizations’
TWO: Meghan’s claim that she ‘never looked up her husband online’
Foster pointed to a revelation from Meghan’s former best friend who said she was always ‘fascinated by the royal family’ and wanted to become ‘Princess Diana 2.0’.
THREE: Meghan’s lie about getting married three days before the formal ceremony
Foster pointed to the marriage certificate that invalidates this claim, showing that “the legally binding wedding was in the church, not in the backyard.”
Meghan complained directly to ITV about Piers Morgan’s critical coverage of the interview, with the host sensationally leaving the show
FOUR: The Palace hosted ‘holiday parties in the palace’
Foster referred to tabloid reporters “who say they have no recollection of such parties.”
FIVE: Meghan was silenced by the royal family
Foster reported, “Palace insiders will point to many occasions showing that Meghan was allowed to have a voice, they say, especially on feminist issues.”
He discovered a clip of Meghan speaking publicly with Prince Harry about the #MeToo movement.
Foster also first quoted a junior employee of Meghan, who has now left the palace, saying, ‘They leaned back as far as I could. I think there was complete hospitality and kindness and grace. ‘
Foster then quoted a current royal source as saying, ‘Everyone wanted to be a success. The Queen’s senior team was tasked with making sure she got all the support she needed. ‘
SIX: Meghan’s claim that she was not trained to become a royal
Foster reported, ‘CNN has been told that the Queen has sent her closest associates to Kensington Palace – lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey and dresser Angela Kelly – to provide advice, guidance and guardianship to the Duchess. Royal aides say this was an unprecedented gesture of support for a new member of the family and that every section of the Queen’s household was open to Meghan. ‘
SEVEN: Meghan’s claim the royal family didn’t want Archie to get a title.
The Foster-enacted protocol, issued by King George V, limits princely titles to children and grandchildren of the serving monarch, as well as the Prince of Wales’s first-born child, which does not apply to Archie, although he will automatically become a prince when Charles becomes king. ‘
After watching Foster outline the seven points, star presenter Camerota voiced her doubts on the air.
She explained: ‘You know I love Harry and Meghan. But I do not know. She doesn’t feel supported. They say they supported her. Okay, that’s a family. That is called life. That is a difference in perception. ‘
But those words have now seemingly been erased from history by CNN.
CNN declined to say why the video was completely hidden from view.
An insider at the broadcaster said the removal would not have taken place ‘due to pressure or outside request’.
But despite multiple requests, a CNN spokesperson would not tell me if there had been any communication from The Sussexes, Oprah Winfrey, or friends of both.
That explanation won’t appease royal sources who fear CNN got scared and decided not to tell a story that would wake up favorites Harry and Meghan.