The royal family's reaction to Meghan's Oprah interview

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle has signed up for a revealing interview with her friend and TV queen, Oprah Winfrey. It was announced yesterday that CBS would be airing the primetime special - which has already been filmed - on 7 March.

"Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure," CBS said in a statement issued to royal expert Omid Scobie.

The interview, which is described as an "intimate conversation," will predominantly be with Meghan, but the network has revealed Prince Harry will also join in for part of it. "Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family," the announcement states.

Watch: Harry and Meghan’s Oprah chat will mark new era for couple

But how has the news gone down with the royal family back in the UK? According to royal correspondent Rebecca English, Buckingham Palace has issued comment on the matter, saying that because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer working members of the royal family, they are free to make any decisions they want with regards to media commitments.

The Palace also suggested they hadn't been pre-warned about news of the interview, adding in the statement that as non working members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan are under no obligation to inform the Royal Household of any plans.

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) February 15, 2021Re Oprah interview, BP say: The Duke&Duchess are no longer working members of the royal family and therefore any decisions they take with regard to media commitments are matters for them. As non working MRF they are under no obligation to inform the Royal Household of such plans

The news of Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey comes just a day after the Sussexes shared that they are expecting their second child. Releasing a statement via their spokesperson, the couple said: "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

The happy announcement came accompanied by an intimate black-and-white photograph of Meghan and Harry in their garden, in which Meghan's baby bump is clearly visible underneath her dress. The picture was taken remotely by Meghan's friend and photographer Misan Harriman, and contains various symbolic messages.

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It's no surprise that the Duchess of Sussex has chosen Oprah to conduct her first tell-all interview, considering the friendship between the two and the trust that has been built. Oprah Winfrey attended the royal wedding in May 2018, and the couple now live near to the world-famous presenter in Monteceito. Oprah also filmed herself unboxing a gift from Meghan Markle at Christmas time last year.

Well, let's all count down until March 7, shall we? Cannot wait for all the tea to be spilled.

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