The stories about Meghan Markle just keep coming in the run-up to the Oprah interview this weekend.
Fans are wondering if there’ll be anything left to discover, what the amount that’s being leaked in advance.
Also, there was THAT interview with James Corden (and Oprah is probably furious about it, let’s be honest).
Another new clip features some wild claims from Meghan about her time in the Royal Family.
Oprah says she called the Duchess of Sussex to request an interview in February 2018, but was told it ‘wasn’t the right time’.
In the new video, Meghan said she ‘wasn’t even allowed’ to turn down the interview personally. She claims she was forced to have members of the royal communications team in the room with her.
Meghan says she is finally ‘ready to talk’. She also claims there are ‘so many’ reasons why now is the best time to have the chat.
She said: ‘We’re on the other side of a lot of life experience that’s happened and also we have the ability to make our own choices in a way I couldn’t have said yes to you then. That wasn’t my choice to make.’
Meghan says it was difficult to go from having a ‘really independent life’ to one within the ‘construct’ of the Royal Family. She says Royal life is ‘different from what people imagine it to be’.
The former actress adds: ‘It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes.’
‘I’m ready to talk. To be able to just make a choice on your own. And to be able to speak for yourself’ she says.
Another of the preview clips featured Meghan saying she ‘couldn’t stay silent’ while the Royal Family ‘plays an active role in perpetuated falsehoods’ about her’.
In another clip, Harry expressed fears about “history repeating itself”, and that his wife would have the same fate as his late mother.
An investigation into bullying claims against Meghan is also being looked into by the Palace.
It’s alleged that Meghan reduced a staff member to tears by ‘hissing’ at her during a tour in Fiji.
Even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was asked his thoughts this week. There were claims cabinet secretary Simon Case had ‘covered up’ bullying allegations.
No.10 yesterday said the claims were ‘a matter for the palace’.
Meanwhile, a letter from Meghan’s lawyers is accusing Buckingham Palace of ‘peddling a wholly false narrative’ before the Oprah interview.
A Palace insider told The Times: “It is absolutely untrue that the Palace has been peddling disinformation or conducting any kind of campaign ahead of the interview. The Palace has not got involved. It has clearly not been coming from us.”
A PR expert insists there could not be a worse time for this Oprah interview to be broadcast.
The Duke Of Edinburgh has been transferred back to King Edward VII’s hospital in Marylebone. It follows a successful heart operation at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Buckingham Palace said: “Following The Duke of Edinburgh’s successful procedure at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday, His Royal Highness has been transferred to King Edward VII’s Hospital this morning. The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for continuing treatment for a number of days.”
Mark Borkowski is a public relations and crisis consultant. He warns that Harry and Meghan are at risk of a “real reputational mess” if they go ahead with the Oprah interview while Philip is in hospital.
TV network CBS insists the interview is still going ahead as planned.
Do you think they should cancel the interview?
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