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