Meghan Markle and Harry.
Gulf Today Report
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to give their first televised interview since walking away from royal duties.
Harry and Meghan will speak to Oprah Winfrey for a two-part primetime special due to be aired by CBS on 7 March.
The sit-down chat will begin with the duchess talking about “everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”, the network said.
Harry will then join his wife to answer questions about their move to the US and their hopes for their future, according to the Independent.
It will be aired just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the couple ending their roles as senior royals on 31 March. Before that date the Queen is expected to review Harry’s honorary military titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving – which were put on hold for a year. He is not currently allowed to take on any roles using them.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment and it is not known if Harry and Meghan informed the royal household in the UK about their plans to be interviewed.
However, as non-working members of the monarchy, they do not have to give the palace notice of their media commitments.
Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special has been described as an “intimate conversation” by the US television network.
CBS said in a statement: “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.”
The announcement was made a day after the couple confirmed that they were expecting their second child and follows Meghan’s High Court victory in a privacy claim against The Mail on Sunday.
Oprah Winfrey is a personal friend of Meghan and attended her royal wedding in May 2018, and there was speculation at the time the couple were likely to be interviewed by the celebrity.
She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from Tom Cruise and Madonna to former president Barack Obama.
Winfrey also spoke to Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, in 2010 after she was caught offering to sell access to the Duke of York for £500,000.
One of the more interesting outcomes from the “Interview of the Decade” with Oprah was how few people are watching TV. The Interview clearly won its time slot but with about 2 million out of 26 million in Australia (7%), 17 million out of 333 million in
The YouTube duo paid the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, the editor of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward, and royal commentators Richard Fitzwilliams and Victoria Arbiter to give their opinion.
From the relative obscurity of Los Angeles (wrote no one ever), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lobbed a royal grenade back at his home country and his family. Their most explosive allegation during the interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the US on Sunday and in Britain on Monday, was of racism within the Royal family.
The late actress started her artistic life with the Al Rihani Theatrical Troupe, which she joined at the end of the fifties, when she was younger than 20 years old.
"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote. "We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
The poem addresses the human ability to rise from fall through the power of language, conveying that there is a possibility for recovery, after experiencing existential threats.