After years of staying quiet, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will finally talk about their decision to leave the royal family and so much more when Oprah Winfrey interviews them in a special, which will air on March 7.
“The couple really want this to be an interview in which they can sit down and tell their side of the story,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. “Up until now, we’ve heard versions of their story through the voices and re-telling of other people. This is their first opportunity to sit down and talk about the past year in their own words.”
She added, “I’m told the intention is not to hurt or upset anyone in the royal family. They want to be respectful — particularly to the Queen, but it is important to the couple that they finally now have a chance to get their side of the story across in their own words.”
Nicholl explained that Winfrey will ask Meghan, 39, all about “motherhood, what it was like marrying into the royal family” and, of course, they will discuss what it was like “to leave the royal family.”
“I’m sure we are going to see her discuss in some detail, at least, her relationship with her father,” Nicholl shared, referring to Meghan’s estranged dad, Thomas Markle. “Oprah is going to have to ask those questions if this is going to be the sit-down interview, then it needs to be all encompassing. There is very much a desire to talk about the future but also to reflect on some of the past.”
Ever since the duo moved to Montecito, Calif., “it was only a matter of time before they sat down with someone,” Nicholl said. “Oprah Winfrey of course was the obvious choice for the couple. She is a friend, she is a neighbor, but she also has a reputation of really getting to the heart of her subjects and getting people to open up. She is someone in their inner circle and clearly, Meghan and Harry feel comfortable about sitting down with Oprah for this no holds barred interview.”
It’s unclear how the royal family will react to the interview, but the Palace is reportedly “nervous” about what the duo will spill.
“One only has to look at the previous installments of the tell-all interview to know these things never end up with a wholly positive experience for any party,” one source told the Mirror. “Everyone will be watching with intense interest,” the insider added.
At the end of the day, Nicholl said: “This is [Meghan and Harry’s] moment to sit down and tell the truth.”