WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a 90-minute “intimate conversation” with Oprah.
- The TV special, which will air hours after the royal family’s Commonwealth Day special, would be “covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.”
- The Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan will no longer be returning to their royal roles.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a special interview, their first since their engagement.
The 90-minute primetime by CBS, to air on March 7, is said to be an “intimate conversation” with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
On the same day, March 7, the royal family’s own TV appearance will also air. But given the time difference, Harry and Meghan’s exclusive interview will air in the early morning of March 8 in the UK.
The royal family’s TV appearance has been set in lieu of the annual Commonwealth Day service, a global gathering at Westminster Abbey, which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.
The BBC broadcast will feature Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, among others. Queen Elizabeth’s message will be pre-recorded.
According to PEOPLE, the Commonwealth Day TV has been under way since January. Its timeslot was only decided around three weeks ago.
Meanwhile, CBS said in a statement that Oprah’s talk with Meghan would be “covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.”
It further said that Prince Harry will join in the later part of the talk, as “they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
The couple was last seen with the royal family during the March 2020 Commonwealth Day celebration, marking their last appearance as working royals.
After that, Harry and Meghan, with their then about a year-old son Archie, moved to California.
Buckingham Palace said that the couple will no longer be returning to their royal roles, which was confirmed after Harry and Meghan announced the coming of their second child.
Their royal involvement with UK charities and Harry’s honorary military appointments are part of the patronages they will part with.
Nonetheless, the couple will retain their coveted His/Her Royal Highness titles, as well as their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles — although they don’t use them.
The Palace said that they are “saddened” by the decision, but “The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”