After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their official exit from the royal family, all eyes are on their upcoming tell-all interview with talk show titan Oprah Winfrey — especially after Winfrey’s longtime friend Gayle King implied that it will be a no-holds-barred affair.
“I’m told nothing is off limits,” King said on CBS This Morning, adding: “She can ask anything she wants.”
After years of staying quiet, Meghan and Prince Harry will finally talk about their decision to leave the royal family and much more when Winfrey interviews them in a special, which will air on March 7. Royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET that the couple is ready to “tell their side of the story.”
“Up until now, we’ve heard versions of their story through the voices and re-telling of other people. This is their first opportunity to sit down and talk about the past year in their own words,” Nicholl said, noting: “I’m told the intention is not to hurt or upset anyone in the royal family. They want to be respectful — particularly to The Queen, but it is important to the couple that they finally now have a chance to get their side of the story across in their own words.
“I’m sure we are going to see her discuss in some detail, at least, her relationship with her father,” Nicholl shared, referring to Meghan’s estranged dad, Thomas Markle. “Oprah is going to have to ask those questions if this is going to be the sit-down interview, then it needs to be all encompassing. There is very much a desire to talk about the future but also to reflect on some of the past.”
Meghan and her father have had a contentious relationship for years, with OK! reporting that Thomas never received a physical invitation to her wedding with Prince Harry, which was attended by multiple guests — some of whom Meghan had known for just months — including Winfrey and George Clooney’s wife, Amal. In the end, Meghan's father-in-law did the honor of walking the Duchess of Sussex down the aisle, while Thomas watched from the comfort of his home.
It is being reported that Harry’s brother, Prince William is dreading the sit-down chat between Winfrey, Meghan and Prince Harry. The interview is “cause for concern” within the royal family, an insider told Page Six, adding that William and others are getting flashbacks to when Princess Diana’s interview with BBC host Martin Bashir aired in 1995, in which she spoke about Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
The fear is that, because Winfrey is a close friend of Meghan and Harry, the couple will feel more comfortable with her and spill all the family secrets.
As the couple has been soaking up the limelight since moving to California, signing a multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix last year, in addition to a deal with Spotify, The Royal Observer is reporting that Harry and Meghan will not be compensated for taking part in the interview.
One thing we can definitely expect Meghan to talk about is motherhood, as OK! reported the brunette beauty recently announced she was pregnant with baby No. 2. “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,” a spokesperson for the two said in a statement.
The exciting announcement came paired with a black-and-white photo of the happily married couple canoodling in the park. The smiling Duke of Sussex is cradling his wife’s head, and the Duchess' small (but obvious) bump is on full display.
On Twitter, the photographer of their pregnancy announcement, Misan Harriman, wrote, “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow. Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special airs March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.