Meghan Markle interview: The View panelist shares thoughtsMeghan and Harry's much-anticipated interview with Oprah is coming at the right time for
Meghan Markle interview: The View panelist shares thoughts
Meghan and Harry’s much-anticipated interview with Oprah is coming at the right time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer. The expert believes this two-hour-long interview will give the couple the opportunity to show their “raw humanity”.
He told Express.co.uk: “This interview is an opportunity for them to clear out a lot of criticism on many of their choices and to not be seen as out-of-touch celebrity elite but to be viewed as charming ‘normal’ people.
“So they are going to put on the charm fest to try to embrace audiences at a human level and for people to see them more like themselves and to reveal more of their raw humanity.
“And for those reasons doing the interview now should benefit them.”
Mr Schiffer also believes this in-depth interview will help the Sussexes gain the support of viewers who don’t closely follow royal news.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speaking to Oprah
He said: “I think they are going to gain a further benefit to those around the world who are not focused on the totality of their story but will only hear about what’s going on through their experience.”
And, he believes, it will be useful to try and win back those who have been negatively affected by news of Megxit and accusations by commentators claiming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are exploiting their royal connections.
Meghan and Harry’s first joint interview with Oprah is to air first on Sunday evening on US network CBS and on Monday evening on ITV in the UK.
The sit-down chat, recorded in February, was split into two parts, with Meghan speaking alone to Oprah before being joined by her husband Prince Harry.
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Among the topics touched upon by the royals there are set to be Megxit and their relationship with the Royal Family, as anticipated by the four clips released by CBS this week.
In one, Oprah aptly told the audience no topic has been deemed off-limits.
In a dramatic trailer, she also asked the Duchess of Sussex whether she was “silent or silenced”, presumably speaking during her time as senior royal.
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Oprah can also be heard telling Meghan: “Almost unsurvivable, sounds like there was a breaking point.”
In another 30-second clip, Meghan extraordinarily claimed the Firm, with which the Royal Family is often identified, may have played an active role in damaging the Sussexes.
Asked by the journalist how she felt knowing the palace would be watching this interview, Meghan said: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.
“And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I’ve…there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
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Prince Harry, featured in two of the four clips released so far, said his biggest concern was “history repeating itself”, likely speaking about his mother Princess Diana.
Similarly, he appeared to be drawing a comparison between his exit from the Royal Family and his mother’s in another clip.
He said: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side.
“Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself all those years ago.
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“It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other.”
The Sussexes interview with Oprah will be broadcasted for the first time just a few hours after the BBC One special A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.
This programme will see several senior royals coming together to celebrate the Commonwealth in lieu of the Commonwealth Day service taking place every year at Westminster Abbey, which had to be cancelled this year owing to the pandemic.
During the special, the Queen will deliver a speech to the Commonwealth and will also be celebrated for her six-decade-long commitment to the 54-strong membership.
Among the other royals to be featured with speeches or virtual engagements, there are set to be Kate and Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.