In a newly released clip from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, viewers couldn't help notice that the former actress referred to the royal family as "the firm." And though it may have been the first time the pregnant star used the term, it's actually not uncommon.
In fact, it's widely believed that Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, coined the phrase.
"The House of Windsor is a big business, though one with more ups and downs than the stock market," author Penny Juror wrote in the The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor, shared Us Weekly. "Prince Philip calls it 'The Firm,' and all the royal executives and their powerful associates are supposed to make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business."
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It's believed Meghan chose the term to help distinguish herself and Harry from the England-based brood, as "the firm" usually refers to working members of the royal family. Of course, Harry and Meghan stepped down from those roles in 2020, and confirmed last month that they would not be returning, and instead, will be living in Montecito, Calif., where they'll continue their life of public service.
The Suits star used the phrase in her candid talk after Winfrey asked her, "How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?"
"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," she replied. "And if that comes with risk of losing things, there is a lot that has been lost already."
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During the 90-minute TV special, Meghan is likely to discuss the impact that living in England had on "her mental health," claimed royal ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship. "I know that she's going to mention the press intrusion, but also she's going to raise the issue of race in Britain," he added.
A press release for the program also claimed the talk will cover "everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure."
The interview airs in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, and the following day at 9 p.m. on ITV in the U.K.