Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview ‘may be toxic’ for ‘uncomfortable’ royals

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is likely to be “very uncomfortable” and “difficult” for the powerless Palace, a royal expert has claimed.

On Monday, February 15, CBS announced that the 90-minute "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" will air on March 7.

Oprah spoke with Meghan on "a wide-ranging interview covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood (and) philanthropic work, to how she is handling life under intense public pressure".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were later joined by Harry, at which point they discussed their historic move to the US.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwillams believes the sit-down chat will help boost the couple’s brand – but may not reflect well on The Firm.

He told the Daily Star: "I would say that their global reach will extend to many, many millions through the programme with Oprah.

"Now I think that is going to be very difficult, very uncomfortable unquestionably.

"They’re neighbours, they’re friends – they can control more or less where she goes largely I suspect.

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"Or at least, they can draw some parameters. But if they choose to complain about why they were unhappy about royal life, I think it will be something the palace can’t do anything about."

He added: "The palace will find it difficult as they didn’t know it was planned and also because of the potentially toxic effect of whatever they say about royal life might be. It would impossible to counter something like this."

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The interview had already been filmed before Buckingham Palace announced Meghan and Harry would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

Given the dramatic changes and the stripping of their patronages, the chat will be re-edited, the Daily Mirror reported.

A source told the newspaper: "When the Duke and Duchess spoke, it was never envisaged they would have their patronages taken away.

"They didn’t see it coming and spoke as they still had roles to play.

"Now, however, other than their titles, they are to have no role in royal life – a point producers know was not discussed when Winfrey spoke to them.

"Neither the Sussexes nor the TV crew saw the fallout of their interview leading to this. Harry and Meghan thought they would retain their roles.

"But things have significantly changed for them since they eagerly sat for Winfrey and poured their hearts out."

Harry lost his remaining military titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Bas Honington, and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations.

The Rugby Football Union and The Rugby Football League will also be handed back to the monarch from her grandson.

Meghan has also stepped down from The Association of Commonwealth Universities and The Royal National Theatre.

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