How Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian Used Oprah Winfrey to Rebrand Themselves

Published 07/27/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Hollywood and the Royal family of Britain have long been divided by the British’ stiff upper lip and united by their heavy cash flow. That is, until Meghan Markle. She may have been the bridge that connected Hollywood and the Royal family when she stepped inside in 2018, but as she walked out, she dragged the tightly concealed happenings of the royal family back into Hollywood. But not haphazardly.

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex smartly collect multi-million dollar deals in exchange for their royal experience, many compared them to Kim Kardashian. But they fail to recognize that Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian are similar, not in their work ethics or fashion but in the path they chose to resurgence. Both the reality TV star and the Californian royals chose to put their faith in Oprah Winfrey for a comeback.

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In 2012, Kim Kardashian gave an interview with Oprah Winfrey. And just like that, she squashed criticism of her 72-day marriage with Kris Humphries in a less than a 72-minute interview. The shift from a witch hunt to popular acclaim was quite difficult to miss. Especially if you are a newly retired royal looking to make a career in Hollywood.

Akin to the SKIMS owner, Meghan Markle turned negative headlines into positive ones about her perseverance and struggle. Although the criticism against her is still undying, the Oprah Winfrey interview did wonders for her.

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Markle’s interview made way for a $100 million Netflix deal, much like how Kim Kardashian’s led to a spike in ratings of her reality TV show. But did the two businesswomen ever raise a toast to their paradigm-shifting Oprah Winfrey interviews?

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For all their similarities, Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian are not birds of the same clan. Their path of resurgence may go through Oprah Winfrey and they may have the same bodyguard, but one sits in a $40 mansion with the weight of a failed Spotify deal while the other sits in her $70 million mansion with a bustling business worth billions.

Meghan Markle dropped her chance to become a successful royal alongside the British royal family while Kim Kardashian marked it Day 1 since her Oprah interview and worked to become Hollywood royalty. While she has expressed empathy for the couple as they struggled with media scrutiny, she fails to relate. After all, she is Kim Kardashian, “a mother, millionaire, a law student, and a billionaire.”

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Did you notice how Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle used Oprah Winfrey to jump back into the limelight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aliza Siddiqui

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Meet Aliza Siddiqui, a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. Her love affair with Hollywood began with Anne Hathaway and The Princess Diaries, but it was the thrilling climax of Don’t Look Up that cemented her infatuation with the industry and its filmmaking. Aliza's journey into entertainment reporting began with her time at Otakukart, where she wrote over a thousand articles.

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