Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Could Do Another Interview With Oprah to ‘Readdress Their Truth,’ Royal Expert Claims
Even if you didn’t watch Oprah Winfrey’s primetime special with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on March 7, 2021, you definitely heard about it. What the Sussexes said about their time as senior royals was so explosive that it’s still a hot topic among many royal watchers today, and separating fact from fiction is something that experts have been discussing since the interview aired.
Now, a royal commentator is claiming that there have been talks about the duke and duchess doing another interview with the former talk show host to help their credibility and address some points that others have disproved. Here’s what he said is coming from Oprah’s team.
Several of the claims Meghan and Harry made during the Oprah interview have been challenged or debunked
One of the things Meghan brought up in her interview with Oprah that has been debunked is that she and the prince were secretly married three days before the actual royal wedding which millions of people around the world tuned in to watch. However, the archbishop who married the couple revealed that is not the case.
“I had a number of private and pastoral meetings with the duke and duchess before the wedding,” he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “The legal wedding was on Saturday [May 19, 2018]. I signed the wedding certificate, which is a legal document, and I would have committed a serious criminal offense if I signed it knowing it was false. So you can make what you like about. But the legal wedding was on Saturday.”
In addition to the archbishop, the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office Stephen Borton also stated that Meghan and Harry were not married before May 19, saying that the duchess was “obviously confused and clearly misinformed.”
Something else Meghan told Oprah is that she could not leave the palace for months even to go out and do things like have lunch with her pals saying that she would ask “Can I go and have lunch with my friends?” and people in The Firm would tell her: “‘No, no, no, you’re oversaturated, you’re everywhere, it would be best for you to not go out to lunch with your friends.’”
However, biographer Andrew Morton, who authored the book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, countered that she was kept inside the palace like some royal prisoner. “She claimed that over one four-month period, she had only twice left the house, again indicating that she was a lonely prisoner … Yet she was seen out on numerous occasions: dinner and lunch appointments in Notting Hill, beauty treatments in Kensington, and various shopping trips,” Morton wrote in the updated chapters of his book (per Newsweek). “Though she was snapped by the paparazzi, British newspapers declined to buy photographs of these excursions.”
Royal expert says some people in Oprah’s camp want the Sussexes to ‘readdress their truth’
Because of that, royal expert Neil Sean has said that there is pressure for Meghan and Harry to do a second interview with Oprah and “readdress their truth.”
“What is interesting is given the backlash and the revelations that have come out … Even the Oprah Winfrey camp are now questioning and wondering themselves exactly what was the true story behind some of those [answers],” Sean explained [per Express]. According to Sean, some people who work in Oprah’s camp are “wondering whether they now need to do a top-up interview” to salvage the Sussexes’ credibility adding: “Oprah Winfrey is a very powerful mogul in television and would no doubt like to get a top-up version, their side of events, over what has happened over the past 6-9 months.”
While Sean thinks a second interview would be “amazing,” he doesn’t believe it’s something the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would agree to now because they would be “stewing in their seats if they subjected themselves to a second grilling.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if there is an Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special Part 2.