The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to speak to Oprah for first interview post-Megxit

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Between her privacy claim win against Associated Newspapers and the weekend’s pregnancy announcement, it’s been a big month for the Duchess of Sussex. But she shows no sign of slowing down, having now agreed to a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sky News reports that US network CBS will broadcast the interview on 7 March. CBS said in a statement on 15 February: ‘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. 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.’

ITV News previously speculated that the Duchess was set to sit down with the TV star, appearing on what US television executives have dubbed an ‘Oprah Winfrey Special’. It’s thought that Meghan could address questions about her and Prince Harry’s departure from the Royal Family – something neither has given an interview about since Megxit. The programme summary reportedly seen by ITV News was described as ‘Oprah interviews Meghan Markle’.

Oprah Winfrey attending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in 2018

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It remains open to speculation whether the Duchess has set out any parameters around the interview and whether she will address any particulars about the Royal Family. ITV News adds that Meghan may well have stipulated some ‘no go’ areas, but that it’s thought she will discuss her experiences of being in the media spotlight since her relationship with Harry came to light. It’s an issue that continues to loom large in the public consciousness, particularly given Meghan’s victory in her privacy case against the Mail on Sunday last week.

It was thought likely that Meghan would choose Oprah for her first interview since the Duke and Duchess’s move to the US, as someone who she trusts and feels comfortable with. The two women are long-running friends, with the TV host among the guests at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 Royal Wedding. They met through a mutual friend, the CBS breakfast show host Gayle King, and now live close to each other in Santa Barbara. Oprah recently thanked Meghan on Instagram for sending her samples from a new wellness brand the Duchess has invested in, affectionately referring to her as ‘my neighbour “M”.’

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Indeed Oprah is herself sometimes dubbed ‘American royalty’, as a much loved and powerful public figure and the boss of her own cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Harpo Studios, the multinational channel bills itself as the ‘first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader’. The Duke has also previously agreed to work with Oprah and Apple TV, on a series about mental health.

Since embarking on their new life in California, Harry and Meghan have also announced deals with Netflix and Spotify and started their own podcast series.

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