Meghan Markle and Harry interview was 'selfish' says expert
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Oprah Winfrey stated that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s openness, vulnerability and honesty made the interview “powerful”. Ms Winfrey added that she does not give herself credit for the reception the interview received and instead highlighted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s answers to her questions as the crucial factor.
Oprah said: “Our shared intention was the truth, they wanted to tell their story in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible.”
Regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s answers, she added: “I was surprised.
“[I thought] you are going there? You are going all the way there?
“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 and as truthful as they were.
“So I don’t give myself credit for that.
“I give myself credit for asking the questions but the reason the interview was what it was is because they answered the way they did.”
On Tuesday, Gyles Brandreth told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine that Prince Philip’s long-standing Royal Family advice regarding TV interviews was snubbed by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry when they signed up for their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Mr Brandreth added that the Duke of Edinburgh clearly advised all his children not to do TV interviews that did not discuss their work for the Royal Family.
Prince Philip’s views on Oprah interview ‘were clear’ says insider
He added that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey would have been painful for Prince Philip.
Mr Vine said: “Let me ask you about Prince Philip’s reaction, if there was any, to that [Oprah] interview?
“It would have been so painful I am imagining for him.”
Mr Brandreth replied: “Prince Philip’s views were very clear on this, he advised his children not to appear on television to talk about themselves.
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“I discussed this with him years ago in relation to the 1990s and those interviews that Princess Diana and Prince Charles gave at the time their marriage was in difficulties.
“He said simply that it is madness and no good ever comes of these TV interviews.
“He was the first person himself to give a TV interview in the 1950s but as he said always talk about your work never about what you are doing.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March 2021.
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