That didn’t take long! Grammys host Trevor Noah mocks the royals in first TWO minutes of the show joking there ‘is more tension than at a family reunion at Buckingham Palace’ in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s interview
- Grammys host Noah, 37, took a swipe at the royals in the first two minutes of the show, joking that there was more ‘tension’ among the nominees than the royals
- The Grammy Awards was broadcast on CBS, the same network that aired Harry and Meghan’s bombshell sit-down with Oprah Winfrey one week ago
- Damaging allegations made during the interview have rocked the royal family over the past week, particularly accusations of racist remarks about Archie
- Noah’s comment came as Harry, 36, was accused of hypocrisy for working with CBS, which broadcast a ‘distasteful’ photo of his mother dying back in 2004
- The network was the first broadcaster or publisher to show the image of Princess Diana, which was taken moments after the 19976 car crash that killed her
Trevor Noah kicked off the 63rd annual Grammy Awards by taking a swipe at the royal family in the opening seconds of the show, just one week after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah left Buckingham Palace reeling.
The 37-year-old mocked the ‘tension’ between the royals during his opening monologue on Sunday night – exactly one week to the hour after the explosive sit-down aired on CBS, the same network that broadcast this year’s Grammy Awards.
Kicking off the socially-distanced awards ceremony, Noah joked: ‘…Our impressive nominees will be sitting at those tables for their awards. So right now there is more tension in that tent than at a family reunion at Buckingham Palace.’
Noah also made a crack about the Capitol riots, claiming that the Grammy Awards would be the ‘biggest outdoor event this year besides the storming of the Capitol’.
Mockery: Grammy Awards host Trevor Noah took a swipe at the royal family just seconds into his opening monologue, one week after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell sit-down
Couldn’t wait? The 37-year-old late night host hadn’t even made it to the stage before he trolled the royals, joking about the ‘tension’ in Buckingham Palace
The awards show aired just hours after Harry came under furious fire for allowing his interview with the TV mogul to be aired by the same network that caused outrage by showing a photograph of his mother dying.
In 2004 CBS was condemned when it became the first broadcaster or publisher to show the ‘distasteful’ photo of Princess Diana taken moments after the 1997 car crash in Paris in which she died.
When the same photo later appeared in an Italian magazine, Prince William and Prince Harry issued a rare statement condemning it, saying they were ‘deeply saddened that such a low has been reached’.
But Harry allowed CBS to make millions with the Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview that was broadcast on March 7.
The broadcaster was unrepentant, saying the photo was ‘not gory’. No British publication has ever published it.
Connection: The 63rd annual Grammy Awards aired on CBS – the same network that broadcast Oprah’s explosive interview with Meghan and Harry
Royal biographer Hugo Vickers said: ‘It is quite embarrassing for Prince Harry. How could he possibly co-operate with an organisation which some years ago was the only outlet to publish a deeply distressing photo of his mother’s dying moment?
‘It is pretty hypocritical of him. I suppose he didn’t remember, or maybe he had no choice because of contracts signed? If he was still being advised by the Palace, they would have spotted this sort of thing a mile off.’
Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: ‘The problem with American networks is that they are all about ratings, and advertising and bringing in money. It is not about decency.
‘In 2004 it was publishing a photograph which was in incredibly bad taste. In 2021 it is running a two-hour interview with Meghan and Harry. Both will have made it a lot of money.’