Prince Harry making Americans ‘snort at British hand-wringing’ over Royal Family

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Harry and Meghan will grip TV audiences around the world when their interview with Oprah airs this weekend. The couple are expected to open up about their life in the Royal Family and “nothing is off limits”. The reception in the UK has been mixed, with some concerned about the timing of the interview as Prince Philip is still in hospital, while others worry about the wider implications to the future of the Firm. But the US response has been noticeably different.

As Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer pointed out: “Most of the big US media companies seem to have taken an unquestioning, one-sided jingoistic view of this story, covering it as one about ‘our American princess who was wronged by the Brits.’”

Royal author Tina Brown appears to agree, writing: “It’s amazing how differently the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are perceived in America.”

Ms Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles, also noted that Harry “aced” his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

She added: “He was self-deprecating, funny and hot.

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Prince Harry making Americans ‘snort at British hand-wringing’ over Royal Family (Image: GETTY/THE LATE LATE SHOW)

Prince Harry and James Corden

Prince Harry joined James Corden on The Late Late Show (Image: THE LATE LATE SHOW)

“British hand-wringing about letting down the immutable dignity of the Royal Family is greeted here with snorts. 

“Americans see the much-touted Windsor version of ‘public service’ as posh people being made to do boring things they hate every day, usually in bad weather. 

“Harry’s version of it sounds way more fun. Netflix deals, podcasts, lolling barefoot in the garden of an 11-bedroom mansion, a Zoom here and there… What’s not to like?”

Ms Brown added in her piece for The Spectator that Harry’s decision to appear on the show raised eyebrows in Hollywood.

But despite “raining on Oprah’s parade”, Harry and Meghan appear very popular on the other side of the pond. 

Ms Brown did fire a warning shot at the Sussexes, though.

READ MORE: Princess Anne’s warning to younger royals before Oprah interview airs

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in conversation with Oprah Winfrey (Image: GETTY)

She wrote: “The larger question they have to answer is whether Harry is a celebrity royal or a royal celebrity. 

“He seems to have picked the latter. But I suspect he still believes he’s the former — a royal prince somehow disaggregated from the duties of the Crown. 

“And this makes things awkward. How can he then talk with a straight face to Oprah about ‘public service’, even as his grandmother, the real Queen, faces the loss of her husband, who for 70 years upheld his coronation oath to be her ‘liege man of life and limb’?”

As the build-up to one of the biggest TV events of the 21st century looms, Oprah has confirmed she asked Meghan for an interview in 2018 ‒ a few months before she married Harry. 

But Meghan turned her down, saying it was not the right time. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in conversation with Oprah Winfrey (Image: GETTY)

In preview footage to the CBS interview, Oprah asks: “What is right about this time?” 

Meghan replies: “Well, so many things. 

“That we are on the other side of a lot of… a lot of life experience that has happened.

“And also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said yes to you then.

“That wasn’t my choice to make.

“So, as an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is…different than I think what people imagine it to be it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I mean, I’m ready to talk.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

Recalling her conversation with Oprah from 2018, the Duchess claims she wasn’t allowed to speak to the journalist alone. 

In the clip, Meghan says: “Well, I remember that conversation very well.

“I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right?

“There had to be people from the comm sitting there, everything was…” 

Oprah probes: “There were other people in the room while we were having that conversation.”

To which the Duchess replies: “Yeah, even on that call.” 

The interview, which is Meghan and Harry’s first since officially stepping down as senior royals, was recorded in February. 

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