'Public service is not about us... it's about the people we serve'
Michelle Obama reacted to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview this morning by saying that she personally chose to focus on the people she 'serves' rather than herself while in public service in what appeared to be a thinly veiled swipe at the couple. Mrs Obama was asked by Jenna Bush Hager what she thought of Meghan's comments in a segment that aired on NBC today. 'When you watched Meghan Markle speak out, what went through your mind?' Ms Bush Hager asked.
Mrs Obama replied: 'Public service it's a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don't understand it nor should they. The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us, in public service, it's about the people that we serve.
'I always try to push the light back out and focus it on the folks that we're actually here to serve.'
Ms Bush Hager then said: 'But what about when she talked about the fact that she experienced racism? I mean I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear that she felt like she was in her own family, her own family, thought differently of her.'
Mrs Obama, who met most of the Royal Family when serving as First Lady, replied: 'Race isn't a new construct in this world, for people of color. So it wasn't a complete surprise to, sort of, hear her feelings and have them articulated.
She went on: 'The thing that hope for and the thing that I think about is that this first and foremost is a family and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so they can use his as a teachable moment for them all.'
Mrs Obama's choice of words refers back to the war of words between Harry and Meghan and Buckingham Palace in February when the Palace said the pair were permanently stepping back from a life of 'public service' and not returning to work.
The couple responded with their own statement saying: 'We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.'
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