Anita Rani discusses BBC Commonwealth Day celebration
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The TV presenter returns to BBC screens tonight in the documentary series Saved By A Stranger. Rani has hosted a number of shows including Countryfile, This Morning, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and more. The 43-year-old has continued to support the Sussexes and in instances has defended them online.
Rani has met Meghan and Harry at least once at a Royal Foundation event, which she considered a “huge honour”.
In November 2018, nearly six months after the Sussexes tied the knot, she was thrilled to have “chatted weddings and feminism” with the couple.
In her tweet, she wrote: “Go Meghan and Harry!”
One year earlier, Rani shared a photograph of the moment she met Her Majesty at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony.
She described the evening as “truly inspiring” and claimed it had “restored my faith in humanity”.
In 2014, Rani revealed support for the monarchy was in the family, during a post to her Twitter fans – now more than 96,600 in number.
She wrote: “My mother talks about her love for Kate Middleton and Prince George like they’re our extended family.
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“They crop up in every conversation!”
In recent years, Rani has defended Meghan and Harry since their decision to leave senior roles within the Royal Family.
She compared the public debate surrounding the Sussexes to “a terrible Indian melodrama”.
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In a tweet last year, Rani wrote: “Gossipy aunties who can’t tolerate anyone living their own lives.
“Breaking away from the family?! ‘Hai hai’ I mean, seriously.
“They are free to do what they want. #liveyourlife.”
Previously, Rani described Harry as “the coolest royal” and cited a “wonderful byproduct of the royal wedding”.
In 2018, she tweeted: “Meghan Markle on the cover of every magazine.
“She’s improved the diversity of covers overnight! #rolemodel #princess.
In another praise-filled post, Rani spoke about her “presenter idol” Oprah following a passionate speech she gave at the 2018 Oscars.
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The US star voiced her support for victims of sexual misconduct in Hollywood at the awards ceremony.
Oprah said: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men.
“But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.”
In response to the powerful and moving words, Rani tweeted: “All hail Oprah! Our Queen.
“My feminist and presenter idol for time.”
In tonight’s episode of Saved By A Stranger, which Rani hosts, the team looks for a lady who aided a survivor of the 7/7 bombings.
In 2005, 56 people were killed and 784 were injured following four suicide bombs being detonated in London.
In Rani’s show, survivor Karl Williams hopes to be reunited with the woman who held his hand to reassure him on the day of the attacks.
He recalled: “There was a huge bang and then… I remember this eerie silence that felt like it went on for a really long time.
“When the silence stopped, that’s when the screaming started.
“It was pitch black, very smoky and there was a strong smell of acid in the air… I lost any control over what I was feeling.”
Anita Rani stars in Saved By A Stranger, which airs at 9pm tonight on BBC Two.
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