Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry might be in lockdown, along with the rest of the United States and much of the world, but they are reportedly already planning their next big career move. Meghan has already begun working on voiceover projects for Disney, while Prince Harry is lying low.
But, according to a recent report, the former senior members of the royal family could soon be announcing something explosive. While rumors of a tell-all interview have been floating around for months, it is looking more and more likely that it could actually happen. And, if it does, the royal family will no doubt be livid.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want to forge their own paths
Rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan were unhappy with the way that things were going within the royal family first began swirling in early 2019. The couple had decided to raise their son away from the media spotlight, a marked departure from how Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are raising their three children.
In addition, Meghan was suffering from extreme negative press and had to deal with tabloid stories on an almost constant basis.
In January, the couple announced that they would be retiring from their roles as senior royals and dividing their time between North America and the United Kingdom. While their first move took them to Canada, they recently shifted to Los Angeles, Calif.
In addition, the duke and duchess revealed that they wanted to make their own income, and work on projects of interest to them — projects that fans immediately assumed would be very different from the royal “norm.” After the news broke, people started speculating the couple would eventually open up about the reasons for their exit in a bold, emotional interview, just as Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana did, many years ago.
Princess Diana’s scandalous tell-all interview
It is sometimes easy to forget that Princess Diana was a major tabloid fixture, and was often the subject of media headlines, not always positive ones. To clear the air, following her separation from Prince Charles, Princess Diana sat down with a tabloid journalist named Martin Bashir in 1995.
The hour-long television interview was one of the most-watched programs in British television history, with fans glued to their screens as the beleaguered royal revealed that Prince Charles was indeed having an affair. In the interview, she admitted to suffering from postnatal depression and bulimia, and that her time in the royal family was very difficult.
Within a few weeks of the interview airing, Queen Elizabeth advised Prince Charles and Princess Diana to officially divorce. Reportedly, the interview was kept a total secret from other members of the royal family, and many believed that the queen was livid about her family secrets being publicized.
Will Meghan and Prince Harry do a major post-royal interview?
Meghan and Prince Harry have shown signs that they are willing to dish the dirt. In an interview with journalist Tom Bradby in late 2019, Prince Harry candidly admitted to having problems with his brother, Prince William, while Meghan suggested she wasn’t getting any support from other members of the royal family.
As such, if they did threaten the royal family with a more revealing interview, it would have given Queen Elizabeth good reason to work with them on the terms of their royal exit.
In a recent PageSix report, sources claimed that the couple has been offered one million dollars in exchange for that big interview. The report claims that Oprah is a likely candidate to conduct the interview, especially since she has an established relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan.
The highly-anticipated interview would allow the couple to recoup some much-needed funds, following their move to Los Angeles, although the report does state Meghan wants to donate most of the proceeds from the interview to charity.
That said, there’s reason to believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be engaging in any kind of tell-all interview, despite the lucrative offers. Upon his royal exit, Prince Harry reportedly made it clear that he will decline any work that makes fun of the royal family. A tell-all is starkly different than jokes about his family, but potentially damaging nonetheless. If the duke is truly protective of his family, he’s likely not interested in airing dirty laundry.
If anything, a tell-all from Meghan and Prince Harry could address tabloid rumors instead of family woes. And, if a friend like Oprah is running the interview, the narrative is in their control.
Nothing has been confirmed by the couple yet. But if rumors are to be believed, it is now only a matter of time before they start spilling the royal tea.