‘I’m ready to talk,’ Meghan says ahead of Oprah’s interview
LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, said she gave an in-depth interview to American chat host Oprah Winfrey which was due to air on Sunday because she was now free to speak for herself , adding that being royal was “not what people imagine it is.”
Meghan, 39, and her husband Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, stunned the royal family in January last year by announcing they would step down from their official royal roles to forge a new one independent living in California.
The split was confirmed last month and last week the couple and Buckingham Palace engaged in an increasingly bitter war of words, amid allegations of lies, intimidation and defamation.
“I’m ready to talk,” Meghan, a former American actress, told Winfrey in an excerpt that aired on US broadcaster CBS on Friday ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, as she explained why she agreed to the interview.
“As an adult who has lived a truly independent life and then moved into this construction which is different from what I think people imagine, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in a certain way. to be able to say yes. “
Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May 2018, becoming global celebrities combining British royalty and Hollywood glamor.
But less than two years later, they stepped down from official duties, claiming the media intrusion was authoritarian. Meghan later revealed that she felt ‘unprotected’ by the monarchy while pregnant with her son Archie.
Their decision to give the interview to Winfrey has been criticized by some newspapers as being hypocritical, going against their stated desire for confidentiality.
“We have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said yes (to a previous interview request). It wasn’t my choice to make, ”Meghan told Winfrey, a guest at their wedding, in the Friday snippet.
Winfrey said she first asked Meghan for an interview in early 2018.
In a previous snippet, the Duchess told Winfrey that Buckingham Palace was guilty of “perpetuating lies” about her and her spouse.
Earlier this week, the palace said it would investigate allegations that Meghan intimidated former staff, saying it was very concerned about the allegations following an article in the Times newspaper.
Another preview clip showed Harry worried that “history will repeat itself”, an apparent reference to his mother, Princess Diana, who died at the age of 36 in an accident in Paris while her car was fleeing in pursuit of the paparazzi.
The interview comes as Harry’s grandfather, 99, Prince Philip, is in hospital, where he has successfully undergone a procedure for pre-existing heart disease, which has sparked criticism over when the broadcast of Winfrey.
“There is absolutely no doubt that the situation is toxic,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Reuters. “All of this will define their relationship with the Royal Family for the foreseeable future. It is extremely perilous.
Additional reporting by Sarah Young and Paul Sandle; Editing by Mike Collett-White