Actor Leslie Jordan came out in support of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry after they opened up about their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family in a bombshell interview that aired on Sunday.
In a video posted to Instagram late Sunday, signing on as “Leslie Allen Jordan, reporting for duty,” the actor backed Meghan and her husband after they discussed the struggles they faced in the palace and with British tabloids after they tied the knot several years ago.
“I’ve been watching this Oprah interview with Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleMeghan joins push for paid family leave in rare political statement Prince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic Harry and Meghan join celeb-filled vaccine equity event MORE woo-hoo! Sh-t’s getting real. She needs to speak her truth. That’s wonderful,” the “Will and Grace” actor began in the short clip, which has so far racked up more half a million views in less than a day.
“I hope those kids know what they’re getting into,” Jordan continued. “But I will say this, listen. Gays, we gays, we know drama better than anybody. We got her back. Yes, ma’am.”
“Miss Markle, the gays have got your back in this royal battle,” he laughingly reiterated at the end of the clip.
Jordan is one of a growing number of celebrities and prominent figures, ranging from Serena Williams to inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and more, who have thrown support behind the couple in the wake of their tell-all interview with Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyCourt rules Prince Philip's will to remain sealed for 90 years Piers Morgan joining News Corp., will host new show on Fox Nation Royal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says MORE that debuted on CBS News late Sunday.
In the interview, Meghan discussed experiencing suicidal thoughts as she faced intense scrutiny from the press as a senior member of the royal family. At one point, the duchess said she sought help from “one of the most senior people” in the institution for mental health resources but said none was provided.
Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, also revealed in the interview that there were discussions in the royal family when she was pregnant with Archie, whom she gave birth to in 2019, about “how dark his skin might be.”
According to CNN, the interview, which lasted two hours, racked up more than 17 million viewers in the U.S. alone.
In a statement on Monday, the White House also commented on the interview after press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE was asked for thoughts President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount MORE, who have a documented friendship with Harry, may have had on the interview.
“For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage,” Psaki said.
“And that’s certainly something that the president believes, and he’s talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they’re committed to in the future as well,” Psaki continued.
Psaki said she wouldn’t provide further commentary on behalf of the president, noting that Harry and Meghan are now private citizens after their decision to step down as senior royal family members, but she also stressed the United States’s continued alliance with the United Kingdom.
“Let me just reiterate,” Psaki said, “we have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues and that will continue.”