Meghan Markle’s former Suits co-star has criticised the Sussexes for staging an interview while the world is in the ‘throes of death’.
Wendell Edward Pierce is an American actor and businessman. He is known for his roles in HBO dramas such as Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire and trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme.
Wendell Pierce, who worked with the Duchess for four years in his role as her character’s father, said the broadcast was ‘insignificant’ as COVID-19 death tolls continued to rise.
The 57-year-old told radio station LBC: ‘Today 3,000 people are going to die in America from COVID. A couple of hundred people are going to die, even this hour, in the UK.’
But instead of focusing “on the throes of death that we’re in,” “everyone” from the royal couple and the palace to Oprah Winfrey and CBS have been too busy focusing on the “insignificant,” he said.
It’s all “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” Pierce said of the interview and ensuing fallout, quoting Shakespeare’s “MacBeth.”
“It was quite insensitive and offensive that we are all complicit in this sort of palace … gossip in the midst of so much death,” the actor added.
Asked who he included in this criticism, he said ‘everyone’ including Oprah, US network CBS, ITV, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Palace.
As of Tuesday evening, more than 525,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, while 125,000 Britons have succumbed to the disease.