Oprah Winfrey says Harry and Meghan interview ‘powerful’ because of couple’s openness, vulnerability
Oprah Winfrey said Thursday during an interview that her two-hour special with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was “powerful” because of the couple’s willingness to be open and vulnerable.
“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,” Winfrey told Nancy O’Dell on talkshoplive.
During Winfrey’s interview with the couple in March, the duchess of Sussex opened up about her struggles with the media in Great Britain, the royal family and the toll that they both took on her mental health.
At one point, Meghan said that she confided in her husband that she was contemplating suicide. The couple claimed that they went to higher-ups in the royal family’s staff for help, but did not receive it.
Markle also alleged that there were conversations within the royal family about her child Archie’s skin color before he was born and “how dark his skin might be.”
“I’m like, ‘What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there,'” Winfrey told O’Donnell when discussing her “surprise” at the couple’s openness.
“I had no idea it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have,” Winfrey said.
“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 that things weren’t misconstrued before the actual interview happened.”
The royal family has been relatively tight-lipped about the interview. However, following the special, they released a statement that said they were “saddened” by the accusations made by the duke and duchess.
Prince William, Harry’s brother, said they are “very much not a racist family.”