In March, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t hold back during their tell-all conversation with Oprah Winfrey. And now, the television host is finally opening up about the groundbreaking interview (surprises and all).
ICYMI: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Winfrey for a television event titled Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. During the program, the couple touched on everything from breaking away from the royal family to Markle’s struggle with mental health and even racist remarks in the palace concerning Archie’s skin color.
Last week, Winfrey paid a visit to The Nancy O'Dell Channel to promote her new book What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Of course, she revealed all of the behind-the-scene deets from her time with Meghan and Harry.
“I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have,” Oprah stated. “I did a lot of preparation for that. It was really important to me that what we put out there in the world was put out into the world at the time that everybody could see it and that things didn't leak and things weren't misconstrued before the actual interview happened. I remember when we finished doing the interview, and that interview was 3 hours and 20 minutes I think, I stood up and said to the crew, ‘We all know what was said here and how important it is to have a trust to the people who just shared that so I'm hoping you all will not go out into the world and share what has happened here.’ And nobody did. So as we were releasing clips to CBS, we were releasing them in such a way that whatever was being put out there could not be exploited. So a lot of time and effort and energy went into it on my part.”
Winfrey also revealed that she had not met with the couple ahead of time and that she was just as “surprised” as the rest of the world to hear what they had to say. “I didn't see Meghan and Harry before but I did text them and say that their intention is very part important to me, tell me what your intention is so that we can be aligned in our goal," she recalled. "Our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible.”
She continued, “The reason why it was such a powerful interview…What makes it powerful is when you have somebody else who is willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. The reason the interview was what it was because they answered the way they did.”
We couldn't agree more.
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