Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for ‘shocking’ revelations from Meghan and Harry’s tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview after teasers for the primetime special were released yesterday.
The clips show the couple holding hands as Harry alludes to the death of his mother and tells how his biggest fear for his wife was ‘history repeating itself’.
Harry also referred to Diana’s struggle with life in the public eye following her divorce from Prince Charles, as he revealed his marriage helped him through ‘unbelievably tough’ times.
Meghan, in a £2,500 dress, did not speak in the trailers but nodded knowingly when Miss Winfrey addressed the camera to say ‘nothing was off limits’ in the TV interview.
The chat show host, a guest at the Duke and Duchess’s 2018 wedding, also alluded to damning claims from Meghan that being part of the Royal Family was ‘unsurvivable’ before asking her: ‘Were you silent or were you silenced?’
Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for ‘shocking’ revelations from Meghan and Harry’s tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview after teasers for the primetime special (pictured) were released yesterday
Miss Winfrey revealed the couple had told her ‘some pretty shocking things’, which may ring alarm bells with palace officials.
The broadcast has been billed as the couple’s first major interview since quitting royal life and moving to the US. It is said to cover Meghan’s life as a member of the Royal Family, motherhood and why she and Harry decided to quit.
It comes after Buckingham Palace confirmed the couple would not be returning to royal duties and Harry would give up his honorary military titles.
The Queen was reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the Sussexes’ decision to take part in the interview and there are fears it could deepen tensions already felt between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.
Oprah Winfrey (pictured), a guest at the Duke and Duchess’s 2018 wedding, alluded to damning claims from Meghan that being part of the Royal Family was ‘unsurvivable’
Buckingham Palace did not comment yesterday. It is understood officials are reluctant to enter into a tit-for-tat exchange and do not see how a renewed war of words will go any way to patching up Harry’s fractured relationship with his family.
But the sensational teasers, coming after Harry telling chat show host James Corden of a ‘toxic atmoshphere’ created by the Press, are unlikely to allay palace fears that the couple are determined to settle scores.
CBS released two 30-second excerpts of Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A Primetime Special yesterday ahead of its broadcast in the US on Sunday.
It has been extended by half an hour, from 90 minutes to two hours, to allow CBS to rake in more money from advertising – a 30-second slot is reported to be costing $200,000, around £144,000.
It will be aired in the UK on ITV1 at 8pm on Monday.
The clips start by showing the duchess and Miss Winfrey sitting opposite each other in a lush garden. Meghan, 39, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, can be seen placing her hand on her stomach. As dramatic music plays, Miss Winfrey asks Meghan if she was ‘silent or silenced’ – seemingly in reference to the Royal Family.
The Queen (pictured on Monday during a video call to the South Australian Governor and Premier) was reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the Sussexes’ decision to take part in the interview
The TV host adds, ‘I just want to make it clear to everybody there is no subject which is off limits’ – to which Meghan is seen nodding.
As the camera pans out to show the two women seated in the garden around a table, Miss Winfrey asks: ‘Almost unsurvivable sounds like there was a breaking point?’
Again, Meghan’s answer is not given. The clip then cuts to Harry, 36, in a grey suit and white shirt with no tie, as he says: ‘My biggest fear was history repeating itself.’ Harry and Meghan sit holding hands as Miss Winfrey says: ‘You have said some pretty shocking things here’. In a second clip, also set to dramatic music, Harry compares his mother’s situation to the one he says he and Meghan found themselves in. As he speaks, a picture is shown of him with his mother when he was a little boy.
‘For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side, because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago because it’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us. But at least we have each other,’ he says.
It is understood that the interview was filmed at a friend’s home in Santa Barbara, California, and not at the Sussexes’ £11million mansion in nearby Montecito.
While royal fans are eagerly awaiting the Oprah interview, others were more critical of the couple’s decision to take part.
Robert Jobson, a biographer of Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh, said the trailer was packed with ‘over the top, melodramatic nonsense’ and ridiculed Meghan’s suggestion she had been ‘silenced’.
He said: ‘The Queen and the Royal Family are not the Corleone family of Windsor. There are no hitmen or heavies going around silencing people.
‘Meghan, whilst a working royal, was always protected by a team of Scotland Yard officers. Thankfully, she was never in danger physically and Harry knows that. Talk of being ‘silenced’ is just ridiculous.
‘It suits a narrative, I suppose, but at what cost to the Queen, Prince Philip and the Royal Family and our reputation as a country?’