• Oprah Winfrey defended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from critics who called them hypocrites for asking for privacy
  • Winfrey said they deserve to have a life where they are "not intruded upon by photographers"
  • The host also said the Sussexes did not share any regrets with her regarding their decision to quit royal duties

Oprah Winfrey is backing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after critics of the couple claimed they are hypocrites for wanting privacy.

Winfrey and Prince Harry recently teamed up for their Apple TV+ docuseries "The Me You Can't See," where they both open up about their mental health struggles. However, some critics have called out the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for asking for privacy from unwanted media attention while giving interviews where they speak about their personal struggles and issues with the royal family.

Responding to the criticism toward the Sussexes, Winfrey told "Today's" Hoda Kotb, "You know, I ask for privacy, and I'm talking all the time. So I think being able to have a life that you are not intruded upon by photographers or people flying over head or invading your life is what every person wants and deserves.

"That's what people are missing. Privacy doesn't mean silence," Winfrey was quoted by Entertainment Tonight as saying.

Winfrey also revisited their bombshell CBS interview, which aired back in March. According to her, Prince Harry and Markle had no regrets about their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family last year.

"They have not shared any regrets with me," the TV personality shared. "I understood what had happened to them, and I wanted the rest of the world to come away being able to answer the question, 'Why did they leave?' I think by the time that interview was done, people understood."

Winfrey and Prince Harry also spoke with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" regarding their collaboration.

"I will have to say, Harry was in every meeting," the media mogul said. "He was there. Usually on Zoom before I was and turning in his notes before I did. And I was like, 'Oh, Harry turned in his notes already.'"

"I didn't know it was a competition," Prince Harry added. "Now that I know, I'm very glad I did it."

While the couple has given several interviews since quitting royal duties, Prince Harry and Markle still have no social media presence after abandoning their Sussex Royal account in March 2020.

The Duke of Sussex previously denied the claims that they are quitting social media for good and instead said they will return "when it feels right for us."

"We need to hear each other's stories and be able to share our own. That's part of the beauty of life," Prince Harry told Fast Company. "And don't get me wrong; I'm not suggesting that a reform of the digital space will create a world that's all rainbows and sunshine, because that's not realistic, and that, too, isn't life."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The Armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images