Michelle Obama has commented on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent special, Oprah with Harry and Meghan! On Tuesday, the former First Lady appeared on the Today show, where she shared her thoughts on what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed during the candid sit-down interview.

Obama shares her perspective on public service

Obama first addressed being in the public eye, calling it "a bright, sharp, hot spotlight" that she feels Harry and Meghan have no obligation to understand. "The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us in public service," she said to the show's co-host, Jenna Bush Hager. "It's about the people that we serve."

While Harry and Meghan had to give up their patronages after stepping back from being senior members of the royal family, they have remained dedicated to public service. Last year, they launched a nonprofit called Archewell Foundation, which has already begun working on several initiatives to give back globally.

Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (2021).

Obama hopes Harry and Meghan find "forgiveness and healing"

Obama also shared why Meghan's comments about the racism she encountered while living as part of the royal family didn't exactly come as a shock to her. "Race isn't a new construct in this world for people of colour," the former First Lady explained, "and so it wasn't a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated."

She then went on to share what she wants Harry and Meghan to be able to take away from their experience now that they're on the other side of things. "I think the thing that I hope for, and the thing I think about, is that this, first and foremost, is a family," Obama said. "I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so that they can use this as a teachable moment for us all."

While several members of the royal family have acknowledged the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to speak out about it themselves. However, a source close to the couple said that they "felt positive" about how things went during their discussion with Winfrey, as the conversation "will allow them to move forward."