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Buckingham Palace was quiet for more than a full day after several bombshell revelations and accusations were made by the couple; Markle told Winfrey she was suicidal at one point over the stress from the royals (including racist remarks) and the relentless English tabloids.
On Tuesday, the British royal family issued a response, which shortly thereafter became late night fodder.
Stephen Colbert on The Late Show seemed to have the most fun mocking the Buckingham Palace response. Ringing a handbell and sporting a tricorne, he quipped at sections of the statement, including where it said the situation would be dealt with in private. “I hear Prince Andrew has an island he goes to, to address his privates,” Colbert said, referring to Prince Andrew’s reported association with Jeffrey Epstein.
Colbert also joked about the statement concluding with “ENDS,” saying, “That sounds ominous. But to be fair, that is how they say goodnight in the royal family. ‘I hope you’ve had a lovely day, darling. Ends!'”
Jimmy Kimmel also opened his ABC show mocking the statement. He began reading the note on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, saying that where it stated that the whole family is saddened, “saddened is another word for bullshit.” Concerning the mention of the situation being dealt with in private, Kimmel quipped, “Meaning Prince Charles is about to get a royal shoe in his ass.”
Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show also read the royal response. At the end of it, he said, “For those who are not fluent in palace speak, they’re basically saying, ‘We’re sorry you feel this way.’ The statement would have sounded more sincere if they had not ended with, ‘So, are we good?'” The host also took a shot at Prince Andrew.
In addition to the royal family, Fallon mocked Piers Morgan, who on Tuesday walked off Good Morning Britain after he was called out by a co-host for his harsh criticism of Markle. He quit the show later in the day.
“Piers quit while the rest of the anchors were like, ‘No … Wait … Stop …'” Fallon said in a monotone voice. “After months of criticizing Meghan Markle for making an emotional exit, Piers stormed offstage in an emotional exit.”
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