Meghan Markle and Harry's reasons for interview leave insider puzzled-'Hard to understand'


Meghan Markle and Harry's reasons for interview leave insider puzzled-'Hard to understand'

Meghan and Prince Harry's extraordinary interview with Oprah is to air within hours on US network CBS. The two-hour-long chat between the Sussexes

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Meghan and Prince Harry’s extraordinary interview with Oprah is to air within hours on US network CBS. The two-hour-long chat between the Sussexes and the journalist looks set to cover a wide range of topics – including their relationship with the Royal Family and their exit as working royals.

As the broadcasting of this rare sit-down interview approaches, one palace source is said to be puzzled over why Meghan and Harry agreed to speak to Oprah.

Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills reported the source on Twitter, writing: “One palace insider said to me in some ways it’s hard to understand why Harry and Meghan have done this interview when they have their new home, baby on the way, lucrative deals ‘when the war is over it’s probably best to stop bombing’ they said.

“Tonight we brace for the impact”.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey expressed a similar sentiment yesterday, warning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that, by speaking to Oprah, they are “opening a Pandora’s box”. 

In a video comment for the Daily Telegraph, the expert said: “I think the feelings behind the palace’s gates is, ‘Why are you continuing to bang on an issue that was partially resolved last March, when you left the Royal Family, and properly tided up last month, when the Queen said that you were ending all of your royal associations?

“‘Why are you still talking about this?’

“There are aides saying, ‘We got over it, why haven’t they?’

“And I think what’s interesting about the Oprah interview is that it does open this Pandora’s box, which is going to be really difficult to close.” 

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Meghan and Harry’s interview, airing in the UK exclusively on ITV on Monday at 9pm, is expected to focus on their experiences of life inside the monarchy as well as on their plans and hopes for the future now that they are based in California.

The four clips released earlier this week by CBS have set the tone of the sit-down chat.

In one, Meghan appeared to accuse the Royal Family of possibly “perpetuating falsehoods about us.”

In another, the Duchess was asked by Oprah whether she was “silent or silenced”. 


On Friday, CBS’s This Morning aired another teaser in which Meghan said it is “liberating” for her to be able to make her own decision again after having abided by the palace’s rules as a senior royal.

Asked by Oprah “what is right about this time” to hold the interview, Meghan replied: “Well, so many things.

“That we are on the other side of a lot of… a lot of life experience that has happened.

“And also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said yes to you then. 

“That wasn’t my choice to make.

“So, 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 privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I mean, I’m ready to talk.”

Prince Harry, who appeared in two of the trailers released ahead of today, said his biggest concern was about “history repeating itself”, possibly referring to his mother Princess Diana.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview will air just a few hours after senior royals virtually came together in a special BBC One programme dedicated to the Commonwealth. 

In lieu of the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Sophie and Camilla marked the celebration by addressing the 54-strong union or speaking to some of its remarkable members.

In her annual address, the monarch celebrated the importance of remaining in touch with family and friends while the pandemic has forced people to remain apart.

She said: “With conversations and communal gatherings, including Commonwealth meetings, conducted online, enabling people to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and counterparts who they have not been able to meet in person.

“Increasingly, we have found ourselves able to enjoy such communication as it offers an immediacy that transcends boundaries or division, helping any sense of distance to disappear.

“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings.” 

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub