Duchess Meghan: How bad is her Oprah interview for the Queen?

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First interview after over 3 years

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry

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After the baby news came the next surprise: Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan give Oprah Winfrey an "intimate interview" according to the press release. It is the first time the couple has been available for a set interview since November 2017. People in the palace are supposedly nervous.

The fact that Duchess Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, 67, will give a big interview is causing nervousness in the British royal family. The British media report, citing insiders from the palace. The meeting in front of the camera should be an "intimate conversation", according to US media reports from the broadcaster CBS. The 90-minute TV special will be broadcast on Sunday, March 7th, in prime time.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry give interview: The palace is nervous

According to the "Mirror", a palace insider told the Oprah interview with Meghan and Harry that you only have to watch other such TV conversations to know "that these things do not lead to an overall positive experience for either party": Everyone will join watch with great interest. As British media also report, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be losing their patronage, which they still held after their retirement as working royals last spring. As a result of the interview announcement? Or are Harry and Meghan talking now because they already suspect that these last connections to the palace will be lost anyway?

No more military titles for Prince Harry?

According to the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, could ask Harry and Meghan to give up all their ties to organizations that came about through the royal family. That would mean for Harry that he would have to give up his remaining military honorary degrees. According to the report, it could possibly even mean that he would have to give up his patronage of the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon.

A source described the interview with Oprah Winfrey as "one of the most inevitable and, unfortunately, most predictable consequences" of the Megxit, according to the Daily Mail. According to the sources, the palace should not have been informed in advance. Since they are no longer working members of the royal family, the Sussexes are also not obliged to announce media appearances, according to the royal family. Will it end up being as bad for the palace as it was in November 1995, when the BBC broadcast an interview with Princess Diana (1961-1997) as part of the TV series "Panorama"? In the conversation with Martin Bashir, 58, Harry's mother spoke, among other things, about her marital problems with Prince Charles, 72. After the broadcast, the Queen is said to have called for the divorce proceedings to be initiated.

Meghan and Oprah Winfrey are friends

About the big TV appearance of the Sussexes it is said in advance that Winfrey will initially speak to Meghan alone. The topics: her entry into life as a royal at the time, her marriage to the Queen's grandson, her motherhood and her charitable work. In addition, the audience should learn in the interview how life feels under the strong public pressure for Meghan and how she deals with it. "Later the two will be accompanied by Prince Harry as they talk about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their growing family," the program announcement continued.

Duchess Meghan and Oprah Winfrey are friends, the talk show legend was also a guest at the Sussex wedding in 2018. Harry and Meghan, who moved to the United States with their young son Archie, 1, in the spring of 2020, also live not far from Winfrey in California. Shortly before the TV interview was announced, the Sussexes announced that they were expecting their second child.