Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got everyone talking earlier this week when it was announced the couple would be giving an interview - the first they've done since stepping down as senior royals - to Oprah Winfrey. CBS will be running the primetime special on 7 March (find out how you can watch it in the UK here) and no doubt viewers will be tuning in in their millions.
The "wide-ranging" interview is set to cover everything from what it was like for Meghan "stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure," according to a statement from CBS. Prince Harry will later join in to share more on the family's move to the United States, and "their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family." It sounds like it'll get pretty deep, so are Meghan and Harry getting paid for speaking to Oprah?
There has been speculation either way, but it seems not. Page Six reports the couple aren't taking a fee for the interview with their friend and neighbour, writing: "A spokeswoman for the Oprah Winfrey Network confirmed that the couple won’t be collecting a paycheck and said that no donations are being made to their charity."
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While there were news outlets that would probably have paid millions for this exclusive insight into Meghan and Harry's lives and minds, it seems that's not what it's about. And if that is the case, it's not particularly surprising.
Meghan Markle has long been the target of unwarranted invasion into her life. She faced regular harsh and unnecessary criticism after joining the royal family, and ultimately ended up suing a newspaper (and winning) after they published parts of a private letter written to her father following her May 2018 wedding.
Naysayers might argue that giving an interview goes against Meghan's desire for privacy, but I think it does the exact opposite. It allows her to tell her story in her own words; something she was unable to do in her position as a working member of the British royal family.
For the Sussexes, setting the record straight is clearly important to them, and without sounding too much like the Mastercard advert... that's priceless.
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