John Oliver doubts the royal family will ever change.
The British-born comedian says the monarchy “refuses to evolve” because tradition is its bread and butter, and he’s not sure even a shock like Oprah’s explosive interview of Prince Harry and Megan Markle will make a difference.
“It’s hard to say, isn’t it?” Oliver said Monday night on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
“Because of the royal family, their whole selling point is that it doesn’t change. That was the goal for centuries, that times come and go, governments rise and fall, but the royal family will always be there, inflexible. The stiff upper lip that does not wobble. So that’s your selling point. “
The “Last Week Tonight” host, who went viral last week with an old clip from a 2018 interview in which he predicted trouble for Meghan before her wedding, said he believes royalty should modernize.
“As the years go by, you realize that not changing is not all good,” he told Fallon. “Because that means that the times may be changing around you and you are refusing to evolve. So I don’t think they are going to change because I don’t think they have the capacity to do so. But obviously they should. “
He admitted not finding any of Markle’s claims “surprising.”
“That was kind of what I felt, sadly, his experience was going to be because, you know, I grew up, I know the royal family from a distance and they seemed like imperfect people. “That’s literally the kindest way I can put it.”
The 2018 revived video of Oliver warning Markle about the family he would marry on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert made headlines last week.
“I wouldn’t blame her if she got out of this at the last minute,” Oliver told Colbert during the appearance three months before the Sussex royal wedding.
“I don’t think it is necessary to have seen the pilot episode of ‘The Crown’ to have a basic idea that he could be marrying a family that could cause him some emotional complications,” he continued.
When Colbert said to Oliver, “But this generation seems like good people, right? They are all good now, right?” Oliver cautiously responded, “Yes …”
“They’re an emotionally stunted group of fundamentally flawed people doing very silly pseudo-work,” Oliver continued. “That is what he is going to marry. So I hope she likes it, it will be strange for her. “
Oliver also mentioned on Monday that he believes a member of the Royal Family is excited by the media maelstrom caused by Markle and Prince Harry: Prince Andrew.
Pretending to be disgraced royalty accused of being involved in a sex trafficking ring with Jeffrey Epstein, Oliver said as the Prince spoke to other family members: “Can you believe what Meghan did? Can you believe it? Drag the name of this family into discredit, embarrass us? She has ruined our reputation! She has, right, guys?