Social and traditional media have been dominated by discussion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey since it aired last night in the United States.
While several prominent media personalities here in the UK have already weighed in on comments made during the special programme, it won’t air here in full until later tonight.
The 90-minute interview will delve into a wide variety of topics, with Oprah promising in an earlier teaser clip that “no subject is off limits”, and that certainly seems to have been the case.
Over the course of the conversation, Meghan opened up about how joining the monarchy had a devastating effect on her mental health, saying that, at one point, she “didn’t want to be alive any more”.
She also claimed that there had been “concerns and conversations” about what the skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s first child would be, but the couple did not disclose which royal had made those particular comments.
While the biggest revelations are now out in the open, there’s more to come from the interview, as Oprah presents unseen clips from the discussion on US morning television today.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Oprah interview in the UK.
When is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview?
The pre-recorded interview first aired on US television network CBS yesterday evening (Sunday 7th March).
The special programme will air in the UK tonight, Monday 8th March.
Titled Oprah with Meghan and Harry, the programme is an extended edition of the long-running American news programme 60 Minutes and is produced by Oprah’s production company.
How to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview in the UK
ITV picked up the rights to broadcast the interview in the UK and will do so under the title Oprah with Meghan and Harry.
It will air at 9pm tonight (Monday 8th March) on ITV.
ITV Managing Director Media & Entertainment Kevin Lygo said in a statement: “This interview is already a national talking point and ITV is pleased to be able to offer UK audiences the opportunity to see it.”
If you are unable to watch live, Oprah’s interview will be available to catch-up on via ITV Hub after its terrestrial debut.
This week’s episode of popular drama series Unforgotten has been moved to tomorrow night to make space for the event, which has been a major point of discussion over the past week.
What did Meghan and Harry say in their interview?
Following the programme’s broadcast in the United States, we now have a better idea of what exactly the former royals discussed in their interview with Oprah.
There was much talk of Meghan’s experience of being a member of the royal family as she opened up about feeling suicidal, saying she “just didn’t want to be alive any more”.
Meghan claimed she had sought help from senior officials but was turned away.
An allegation was also made that there had been “concerns” from within the royal family about what the skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s first child would be while the former actress was pregnant with Archie.
“That conversation, I am never going to share,” said Harry. “At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
Harry went on to reveal that he feels “let down” by his father, Prince Charles, who he claims “stopped taking [his] calls” at a certain point after the couple stepped down from official duties.
He explained: “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like and Archie’s his grandson.
“But at the same time, of course I will always love him but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
An advance clip released last week saw Harry discuss how Princess Diana’s death impacted their decision to “leave” the Royal family, as Meghan revealed that she had contacted an old friend of Princess Diana’s for support.
In regard to their motive for doing the interview, Meghan said: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us. And if that comes at risk of losing things, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
An earlier statement from CBS promised the interview will include, “everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how [Meghan] is handling life under intense public pressure”.
It continues: “Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
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Reaction to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview
Perhaps the most controversial reaction to the Meghan and Harry interview so far has come from Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who has expressed doubt about Meghan’s revelation that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.
In a tweet, he also described the interview as “contemptible”, arguing the couple has “spent two hours trashing everything the Queen stands for [and] has worked so hard to maintain, whilst pretending to support her”.
This response has been highly divisive on social media, as many users have taken issue with Morgan’s refusal to take Meghan’s statements seriously, while GMB guests Trisha Goddard and Shola Mos-Shogbamimu criticised his comments on alleged racism in the royal family.
Across the pond, the outlook seems to have been more sympathetic, with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore among the famous names coming out in support of Harry and Meghan.
The term #AbolishTheMonarchy has been trending on Twitter all day, with people weighing in on both sides of the debate about the future of the institution.