Oprah Winfrey has shared her perspective on the criticism Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have received for requesting privacy while they continue to open up about their lives in television shows and podcasts. She spoke with Hoda Kotb on TODAY Friday about the backlash Harry and Meghan have faced as they share more of their lives publicly. "You know, I ask for privacy, and I'm talking all the time," she said. "The first time I was able to admit that I had been sexually abused, raped, assaulted as a 9-year-old happened on television," she said. Winfrey now has what she calls "post-traumatic wisdom" after digging into what happened to her as a child.
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Oprah Winfrey is opening up about how the trauma she faced in childhood helped her to build the skills she needed to do her life's work. It is because I was sexually abused, raped, that I have such empathy for people who've experienced that," said Winfrey. Winfrey said her 25 years hosting "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which frequently dealt with challenging topics, proved to be a kind of "therapy" for her. "The first time I was able to admit that I had been sexually abused, raped, assaulted as a 9-year-old happened on television," she recalled. I'm afraid I'm going to get that whipping,'" she said.