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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke March 9, 2021

No, Oprah wasn’t wearing an ankle monitor in her Meghan Markle interview

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There’s nothing to support the recurring claim that Oprah Winfrey is hiding an ankle monitor.


In March 2020, after baseless allegations that Oprah Winfrey was under house arrest and wearing an ankle monitor started to spread on social media, the media powerhouse addressed the rumors on Twitter.

"Just got a phone call that my name is trending," she wrote nearly a year ago. "And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world."

Following her interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that aired on March 7, similar baseless allegations emerged. 

"Oprah? Ankle monitor?" reads the description in one of four images on Facebook that all draw attention to Winfrey’s footwear during the interview. In each photo, the left boot she was wearing is circled in red. 

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We watched clips of the interview and looked at still images. What some people are identifying as a hidden ankle monitor looks to us like a fold in Winfrey’s leather boot.  

Unfounded claims that powerful figures such as politicians and celebrities have been arrested are not new and they’re rooted in the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

There is no evidence to corroborate the claim that Winfrey was wearing an ankle monitor in the interview. 

We rate this post Pants on Fire.


Our Sources

Facebook post, March 8, 2021

PolitiFact, Bogus conspiracy about Obama, others wearing house arrest monitors spreads online, June 18, 2020

Oprah Winfrey tweet, March 18, 2020

CNN, Meghan: I didn’t want to be alive anymore, March 8, 2021

Oprah Winfrey Instagram post, March 7, 2021

Independent, Oprah targeted by bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory after Harry and Meghan interview broadcast, March 8, 2021

Newsweek, QAnon supporters think Oprah was wearing ankle monitor during Meghan Markle interview, March 8, 2021

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