Television network CBS has announced today that Oprah Winfrey will host a primetime television special with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Slated to air on March 7, it will the first time the couple have appeared in a long form interview since stepping down as senior royals in 2020.
“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.” a statement from CBS has said. “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.”
Despite a reported bidding war for access to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex it appears Oprah was always a shoe-in for the honour. Winfrey attended the couple’s wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and are now neighbours in Montecito, California. Sources of Vanity Fair believe the forthcoming interview was not approved by Buckingham Palace officials prior to the CBS agreement, expectedly fuelling more controversy between the Sussexes and the Royal Family.
The news comes just 24 hours after the couple announced they are expecting a second child.
Markle also garnered headlines last week after she won a lengthy legal battle against British tabloid The Mail on Sunday. The incident in question shared the private contents of a letter between Markle and her father across five articles in 2019. She won the privacy and copyright infringement case against Associated Newspapers with the judge, Mark Warby, saying Markle “had a reasonable expectation that the contents of the letter would remain private. The Mail articles interfered with that reasonable expectation.”
The British press are believed to be just one aspect of the couple’s reasoning to step down from their duties in the UK. Famously coined as “megxit”, it is now said that Prince Harry was the driving force behind the move to the US.
The last interview Prince Harry and Meghan appeared in was with ITV’s Tom Bradby the end of their South African tour in 2019. Mark your calendars for March 7, this is set to be explosive.