Harry and Meghan Oprah interview – live: Duchess is asked why son wasn’t made prince as TV special begins

The interview gives viewers a first look inside the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.  A friend of the couple says that the special draws a line under a chapter of their lives and they want to “move on”.

Prince William is reportedly “livid” at the prospect of his brother and sister-in-law’s tell-all interview with reports saying it could be the “final nail” in the brothers’ relationship. Ahead of its broadcast tonight in the US, Harry has spoken with the Queen and been in regular contact with Prince Charles.

Earlier on Sunday, the Queen spoke of “selfless dedication to duty” in her Commonwealth message. Senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared together on the BBC One show to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Queen’s words echoed phrasing used by both Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a tense exchange of public statements last month.

For everything from how to watch the interview, to what Harry and Meghan have told Winfrey so far, follow along with our liveblog below.

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She calls Kate a good person.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 01:19

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Meghan says the story that she made Kate cry did not happen, but that during a difficult time prior to the wedding the reverse happened.

A few days before the wedding Kate was upset about an issue pertaining to the flower girl dresses and Meghan cried. Kate then apologised and gave her flowers and a note.

Meghan says she does not feel fair to Kate to go into details because of the apology.

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Harry and Meghan got married three days before their royal wedding with the Archbishop of Canterbury performing a simple ceremony in their back garden, she reveals.

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Despite the interview taking place at “a friend’s house”, Oprah also visited the couple at their home.

Harry and Meghan have chickens they rescued from a factory farm.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 01:15

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Of the wedding, Meghan says: “This wasn’t our day, this was a day that was planned for the world,” and that on the morning of the big day she listened to the song ‘Going to the Chapel’

On her entry into royal life, she says: “I didn’t understand what the job was. There was no way to understand what the day-to-day was going to be like.”

“I did not do any research about what that would mean, I never had looked up my husband online, everything we thought I needed to know he was sharing with me,” she acknowledges.

“As Americans, what do you know about the royals? What you read in fairytales. It’s easy to have an image of it that’s so far from reality.”

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 01:12

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When is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s second child due?

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The TV special has begun

Oprah greets Meghan acknowledging that they are complying with social distancing and congratulates her on her pregnancy.

We will apparently find out later on the sex of the child she is expecting.

Both state that Meghan has not been provided questions and is not being paid.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 01:05

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Harry and Meghan’s California home

Although it was thought that Harry and Meghan might settle in Canada after they left the UK, the couple instead chose California.

Harriet Sinclair reports.

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Why Oprah?

This evening’s interview is reportedly the result of a three-year discussion between Oprah and Meghan. Ms Winfrey contacted Meghan through CBSThe Times reports, and they spoke on the phone. 

Since the wedding, at which Ms Winfrey was a guest, there have been numerous incidents where Oprah has spoken publicly in support of Meghan and Harry.

Olivia Petter reports.

Oliver O’Connell8 March 2021 00:40

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CBS airs new teaser with Oprah asking Meghan why her son was not made a prince

CBS just aired a teaser clip in which Oprah asked Meghan why her son Archie, a “great-grandson of the Queen” was not made a prince.

Meghan’s answer was not included in the clip.

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