Prince Harry ‘will come to regret’ Oprah interview with Meghan Markle – ‘Hugely damaging’

Meghan Markle: Commentator discusses upcoming interview

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s much-anticipated interview with Oprah is to air within hours in the US and on Monday evening in the UK. This joint first sit-down chat since Megxit looks set to touch upon several topics – including the Sussexes’ reasons behind quitting as senior royals and their relationship with the Firm.

One royal expert has argued that, while Meghan and Harry may feel satisfied with their decision to speak out, the Duke may eventually come to regret speaking to Oprah.

Royal author Penny Junor wrote in the Daily Mail: “My guess is that, like Diana all those years ago, Harry and Meghan will be feeling pleased as punch about their own interview with Oprah, which airs in America tonight and in the UK tomorrow.

“Although perhaps not quite as pleased as Oprah, who has artfully secured the scoop of a lifetime.

“But I suspect that one day Harry will come to regret it, just as Diana did.”

Last year, royal expert Jennie Bond said she thought Diana had come to regret some of the phrases she had used during the Panorama interview, including saying she wanted to be the Queen of people’s hearts.

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Prince Harry ‘will come to regret’ his interview with Oprah, according to an expert (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah (Image: HARPO PRODUCTIONS/GETTY)

The Panorama interview had long-lasting consequences, as it brought the Queen to recommend the Prince and Princess of Wales to get a divorce, completed one year later in 1996.

Ms Junor added the Duke of Sussex has served the country and the Crown both as a soldier on active duty and as a working royal.

Therefore, this interview “looks like being a gross betrayal”, the expert said.

She explained: “As a former soldier, committed to putting duty and loyalty to Queen and country above all else, this looks like being a gross betrayal.

“A betrayal that will feed straight into the hands of those who would like to see the Monarchy abolished.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stepped down as senior royals (Image: GETTY)

“It is hugely damaging for Harry, too. For him the Monarchy is not some quaint, outdated institution, as it is for millions of Americans looking forward to tonight’s revelations.

“For Harry, the Monarchy is family.

“While Meghan might feel no loyalty or affection for the family, Harry certainly once did.

“He has always been a much loved son, grandson, brother and brother-in-law.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their tour to South Africa in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah will last two hours (Image: HARPO PRODUCTIONS/GETTY)

Ms Junor believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to speak to Oprah 12 months after officially stepping down as senior royals to receive “approval and love from the world” and for “vindication”.

CBS, the network airing the interview in the US, shared four teasers earlier this week setting the tone of the interview.

In one, Oprah asked Meghan how she felt about known the palace will watch her speaking her truth.

The Duchess replied: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 (Image: EXPRESS)

“And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I’ve…there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”

In the first clip published by CBS, the Duchess was shown listening to Oprah asking her whether she was “silent or silenced”.

During a different part of the clip, the interviewer also appeared to comment on something the Duchess has said.

Oprah states: “Almost unsurvivable sounds like there was a breaking point.”

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Princess Diana during her Panorama interview in 1995 (Image: GETTY/BBC)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the Queen during the Trooping the Colour parade in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry appeared in two of these teasers and seemed to refer to Princess Diana when he said his biggest concern was “history repeating itself.”

Appearing to draw a comparison between his royal exit and his mother’s in 1996, following her divorce with Prince Charles, he said: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side.

“Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself all those years ago.

“It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other.”

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub

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