Harry-Meghan Oprah interview: Ahead of the explosive interview by Oprah Winfrey as she speaks to former royals Harry and Meghan Markle, broadcaster CBS has released an extended clip from the big chat that has built anticipation. Markle in it can be seen getting candid with the iconic host as they discuss why the couple chose to speak up about their experiences with the British Royals now. “That wasn’t my choice to make,” she says.
This is the couple’s first televised appearance and interview since their step down from Harry’s royal family announced in February. As Winfrey has promised “nothing is off-limits” in their conversation with her, high-octane expectations are pegged on Markle’s revelations about Buckingham “perpetuating falsehoods” about them.
Harry and Meghan since their wedding in 2018 have been controversial members of the conservative British royal family. Amid racist attacks against Markle by the British press and reported strains in the royal family, the young couple distanced themselves from royal duties by shifting base to Canada and then Los Angeles. In February 2021, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying the two had officially stepped away from royal “public service.”
Harry-Meghan Oprah Interview To Drum Up High-Octane Drama
Harry, who has been vocal on several occasions in defence of his wife, lays bare in the upcoming Oprah interview the commonality between his mother Diana and Markle’s life with the royals. “I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago,” he said in a preview clip, referring to Princess Diana, whose clash and eventual departure from the royal family is well-known.
“It has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other,” he added.
Markle has also opened up on the restrictions allegedly exercised on their public presence and speech during their stint as royals. “As an adult who lived a really independent life, to then go into this construct — that is different than I think what people imagine it to be — it’s really liberating to be able to have the right, and the privilege in some ways, to be able to say ‘Yes, I’m ready to talk,'” she tells Winfrey who asked her why they chose to speak up now.
Over in the UK, Queen Elizabeth will give a speech on Commonwealth Day, March 7, right before the Harry-Meghan Oprah interview goes on air. In the run-up to the interview broadcast, it was also reported that Buckingham is probing claims of Markle having bullied the royal staff.
Watch CBS’s latest clip from the Harry-Meghan Oprah interview:
#EXCLUSIVE: In this extended first clip from @Oprah's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex says what it means to be able to speak for herself.
It comes one year after the couple left England and stepped back from full-time royal life.#OprahMeghanHarry pic.twitter.com/o3AdxpmLrh
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 5, 2021