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'I think she's being portrayed unfairly': Oprah Winfrey defends Duchess Meghan

The 65-year-old media mogul thinks the former 'Suits' actress - who was known as Meghan Markle before her marriage to Prince Harry - has been portrayed unfairly.

Oprah Winfrey at the Global Citizen Festival on 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium. Picture: Supplied.

LONDON - Oprah Winfrey has spoken out to defend the Duchess of Sussex, insisting she is being portrayed to the public in a very unfair way.

The 65-year-old media mogul wants people to realise that the Suits actress' public image is very different to the kind and caring person she knows well.

Being interviewed by her best friend Gayle King on CBS This Morning, she said: "I think she's being portrayed unfairly, and 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. I think it's very unfair."

King agreed with her pal and the pair praised the 37-year-old royal - who is due to give birth to her first child later this month - for apparently not being upset by any negativity around her.

King said: "She's very kind. She doesn't seem to buy into [her bad press] though."

Winfrey agreed: "I think that's remarkable that despite everything that's going on, she does not read anything."

Meanwhile, it was announced on Wednesday that Winfrey is teaming up with Meghan's husband for an Apple TV documentary series on mental health.

The 34-year-old prince is incredibly proud to have spent several months working with the broadcasting legend on the vital shows, which will air in 2020 and are designed to encourage and inspire viewers to have honest conversations.

In a post on his and Meghan's Instagram account, he wrote: "I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series which we have been developing together for several months.

"I truly believe that good mental health - mental fitness - is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self.

"It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times.

"Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive - sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better."

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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: “I truly believe that good mental health - mental fitness - is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive - sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”

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