U.K. Residents Will Be Able to Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Interview With Oprah Thanks to $1 Million Deal
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will be featured in a primetime special with legendary TV host Oprah Winfrey. It will be the couple’s first television interview together since stepping down as senior royals last year.
Initially, it wasn’t known if the program would air on the other side of the pond, but now it’s being reported that U.K. residents will get to see it thanks to a $1 million deal.
What will the interview be about?
In a clip for Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, Winfrey tells viewers: “I just want to make it clear to everybody, there is no subject that’s off limits.”
In a press release CBS detailed some of what to expect in the interview: “Winfrey will speak with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure. Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
When and where U.K. residents can watch it
For those across the pond who were wondering if they would see the interview, turns out they will. According to the Daily Mail, ITV has won a bidding war to air the special in the U.K. The broadcaster reportedly paid £1 million ($1.3 million USD) for the rights to the program. It will be shown Monday, March 8 at 8 p.m. on ITV1.
But not everyone is happy about the interview being shown at this time.
“ITV’s decision to purchase the rights to Harry and Meghan’s highly sensational interview with Oprah is deplorable,” said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. “Who knows how matters linked to [Prince Philip’s] health will play out over the coming days. ITV made the wrong decision and they would do well to await events before deciding when to screen it here.”
Harry’s grandfather was hospitalized on Feb. 17 for an infection and has yet to be released.
PR agent Mark Borkowski added: “The timing is just horrendous. This could be a real reputational mess for everybody involved. I think brands have to take a considered view about whether they want their advertising anywhere near this.”
The interview was extended
The interview was originally slated as a 90-minute special, however, The Sun noted that CBS extended it to two hours. This comes after the publication reported that portions of it needed to be re-shot since it took place before the announcement that Harry and Meghan would no longer continue with their royal duties.
This was announced via a statement from Buckingham Palace on Feb. 19:
Following conversations with the duke, the queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the duke and duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the royal family. While all are saddened by their decision, the duke and duchess remain much loved members of the family.
The interview will air in the U.S. on March 7 at 8 p.m. EST.