Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said that they are determined not to say anything that might upset or embarrass Her Majesty the Queen in their upcoming prime-time interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS TV in the US.
The couple are not thought to have consulted Buckingham Palace ahead of booking the TV appearance, but sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex maintain that the couple have the greatest respect and love for the Queen and will not say anything to distress her.
The interview is expected to be divided into two parts. In the first section, Meghan, 39, is expected to discuss the transition from her Hollywood life to “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work, to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.
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Then, in the second section, Prince Harry, 36, will join his wife and they will start a wider-ranging discussion about the couple’s future “hopes and dreams for their expanding family”.
Oprah is known to be close to the Duke and Duchess, first approaching them through the CBS network shortly before their wedding in 2018 and being invited to attend the ceremony in may of that year.
After attending the wedding, Oprah described the experience as “transformative”. She said “It was a cultural moment and you could not be there or watch on television and not feel that there was a shift that just happened in the middle of it,” she said. “It’s bigger than them.”
In an interview with TMZ Oprah discussed he admiration for the couple, saying: “You know why I support them? I support them because I believe, when you have thought about this as long as they have – and even in the Queen’s statement [she] says, ‘This has been going on for months,’ these discussions have been going on for months — and when Harry said in that charity statement the other day that he had to make the decision to move forward in peace with his new family.”
Prince Harry is known to be disappointed at losing his honorary military ranks as a penalty of “stepping back” from royal duties, as well as his patronages of organisations such as the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League and the London Marathon.
There were plans for him to to return to Britain for a meeting with the Queen and one or two of the other senior royals to “review” show the new situation has developed, but the coronavirus pandemic has made that impossible.
In normal times the couple might also have wanted to introduce their new child to Harry’s parents and grandparents.
Their baby will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th or 11th great-grandchild depending on whether he or she arrives before or after Zara Tindall’s baby, which is also expected this year.
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