As Markle and Prince Harry prepare to welcome their first child together, the 37-year-old expectant mom has taken a lot of heat from haters for some of the choices they’ve made that seemingly violate so-called “royal protocol,” including where she’s going to deliver and their travel plans after the baby is born.
Winfrey spoke with ET’s Nischelle Turner at the The Hollywood Reporter‘s inaugural Empowerment in Entertainment Gala, and she opened up about her support for the Duchess of Sussex and her bold, tradition-bucking choices.
“Oh my God! I’m so proud of her decisions,” Winfrey marveled. “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.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Birkenhead in January. The duchess’ look was said to pay homage to Princess Diana.
The Duchess of Sussex visited with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London, another one of her patronages.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of ‘TOTEM’ at Royal Albert Hall in January.
Duchess Meghan wore a glittering long-sleeved Roland Mouret gown with Stuart Weitzman sandals and Givenchy clutch, along with a gold bracelet that reportedly once belonged to Princess Diana.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visited the Old Vic theater in Bristol.
Meghan wore a black coat by William Vintage and a matching scarf paired with an olive green purse.
See the next slide for what she wore underneath!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in February.
The Duchess wore a Givenchy ensemble consisting of a white button down and a black high-waisted skirt. She accessorized her look with a black clutch and Aquazzura pumps.
Meghan Markle had dinner with friends (including Serena Williams) at The Polo Bar in NYC ahead of her lavish baby shower in February.
She wore a full-length black Victoria Beckham double-breast coat, dark skinny jeans and black Tamara Mellon boots.
Meghan Markle was spotted outside of The Mark Hotel in NYC leaving for her flight back to the UK.
The duchess wore comfy black leggings, a zip-up jacket and black sneakers under a classic camel coat for the long trip. She carried a black Cuyana bag and supposedly wore a Jennifer Meyer 18-carat gold necklace that read “Mommy.”
On her head, she wore a black baseball cap that read “rectify,” which is the name of her friend and former “Suits” co-star, Abigail Spencer’s, now-canceled Sundance Channel series. In fact, the hat may have been loaned to her by her pal as Spencer was spotted wearing it in NYC days prior.
On the first day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 3-day trip to Morocco, they were greeted by the British Ambassador to Morocco and his wife.
Meghan got off the plane wearing a custom red Valentino cape dress accessorized with nude heels and a matching clutch.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later attended a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco on their second day in Morocco.
She wore a custom Dior cape dress with embellishments on the sleeves, gold heels and a matching metallic clutch.
For their last official event in Morroco, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan met with King Mohammed VI of Morocco at his residence.
Meghan opted for a stunning blue Carolina Herrara gown straight off the designer’s Fall/Winter 2019 runway (the show was actually designed with her in mind!). She accessorized the look with a metallic clutch and her hair in her signature low bun.
The Duke of Sussex surprised the audience and pulled the duchess up on stage while giving a speech at the UK’s WE Day event.
Meghan wore a navy Ralph Lauren blazer, black sweater and Rag Bone maternity jeans, similar to an outfit she wore in Morocco. She accessorized the look with her gold Jennifer Myer ‘Mummy’ necklace.
The Duchess of Sussex joined in a panel discussion, convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to mark International Women’s Day at King’s College London in March.
Duchess Meghan wore a black-and-white, floral-printed Reiss mini-dress and a black blazer by Alexander McQueen. She also carried a black Stella McCartney bag and wore matching Manolo Blahnik pumps.
The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House in March.
The duchess, who is around eight months pregnant, looked stunning in a green coat with black beaded detailing on the cuffs and collar by Canadian designer Erdem. She paired the outerwear with a matching green dress and Aquazzura black heels.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March.
Duchess Meghan wore Victoria Beckham head-to-toe in a white and black printed dress with white overcoat and green heels. She topped off the look with a white hat, per tradition.
The beloved TV personality – who was honored with the inaugural Empowerment Award at THR‘s star-studded gala, and appeared on the cover of the publication’s latest “Empowerment Issue” – said she’s really impressed with Markle’s boldness and her willingness to “stand [up for] what works for her and Harry, and what is the truth for them, how they’re going to raise their baby.”
“I think it does a lot for all the women who are trying to keep up [with the pressure put on new moms],” Winfrey added, referring to the world’s seeming obsession with mothers loosing their baby weight and presenting themselves in a way that’s pleasing to others instead of prioritizing their own physical and mental health.
Addressing Markle’s decision to not pose for photos immediately after their baby is born — which Kensington Palace officials confirmed earlier this month — Winfrey says she completely understands and respects that choice.
“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?” Winfrey shared. “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.”
“And truthfully, it ain’t nobody else’s business! That’s really the truth,” added Winfrey.
The famed journalist has long stood up for Markle in the face of criticism. Sitting down with her best friend, Gayle King, on CBS This Morning earlier this month, Winfrey declared, “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 shared. “I think it’s very unfair.”