The real story behind Meghan Markle’s friendship with Oprah
As the world is now aware, Duchess Meghan was unhappy during her brief tenure as a senior member of the British Royal Family. In her touching interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby as she and Prince Harry were on an official royal tour of Africa in 2019, the Duchess revealed how miserable she is to live in the Royal Bocal. But since leaving royal life and returning to her home state of California in the spring of 2020, she hasn’t spoken much directly about her experience. Before Meghan and Harry’s surprise announcement on February 19 that they would not be returning to royal life, the couple had decided it was time to speak for themselves. Next month, Meghan will spill royal tea on her new friend Oprah Winfrey on a CBS special. Two of the most famous women in the world – who had only met once before the Sussexes married – forged what appears to be a strong bond that has strengthened them and benefited them both in several ways these last years. and Harry have chosen Oprah (or, perhaps, the media mavens have chosen them) for their first post-Megxit TV interview, which will air on CBS on March 7 as part of a two-part special. According to a statement from the network, the interview will focus primarily on Meghan’s experiences with the royal family, parenthood and British media control. Harry will join his wife for the final part of the special for a conversation about their new life in California and their hopes for the future. CBS anchor and Oprah’s best friend Gayle King (who reportedly featured the two) said “nothing is off limits” during Oprah’s meeting with the royal couple. But how did Meghan and Oprah get so fast? Read on to learn more about the fascinating story behind their connection, and for more of the latest Sussex news, check out Why Meghan and Harry’s pregnancy announcement sounds so familiar. It started when Meghan invited Oprah to Kensington Palace in 2018. According to the Times, the two women first met in March 2018 when Oprah “ended up in London” and King allegedly set up a call. phone call between her and Meghan. The Duchess then invited Oprah to Kensington Palace, the Daily Mail reported. A month later, Oprah invited Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to lunch at her sprawling resort in Montecito, California. She later revealed that they were doing yoga in her backyard and sent Ragland home with a basket of her homegrown kumquats. Backstage contact between Meghan and Oprah intensified over the course of the following year, as evidenced by the announcement of the “Queen of All Media”. in April 2019, that she would send Baby Sussex a “welcome to the world” gift. “I have a standard gift that I make for the people I really care about,” Oprah told Access Hollywood at the time. “I don’t know the baby’s name or the baby’s gender, but this baby will have enough books to last a lifetime!” Meghan would have been delighted with the gesture (The following year, in May 2020, Meghan read the ‘one of Oprah’s books for Archie in a video posted in support of the Save the Children’s Save With Stories campaign.) Also in Spring 2019, Harry and Meghan announced that the Prince would co-produce a mental health documentary series with Oprah for Apple TV. And to have more royal updates delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. Meghan and Oprah were drawn to each other because of the shared life Before Meghan married Harry, she was a little-known cable TV actress who had plans to start her own brand, including developing a sequel on her now-closed website The Tig, and getting involved in projects humanitarian charities and women’s empowerment es. of the world’s biggest stars and respected humanitarians with such an interest in her life was exciting and very flattering to Meghan. With Oprah’s approval, the Duchess entered the enchanted circle of Oprah’s famous friends, who no doubt aided Meghan’s arrival on Hollywood’s A-List. Life in an exclusive interview of the bond between Oprah and Meghan. She added that their shared experiences as “very ambitious” women who “exceed the odds” could be the foundation for their connection. “With their intelligence, drive and tenacity, they both managed to achieve their own version of the American Dream,” she said. “At some level, it makes perfect sense that they are attracted to each other and serve each other’s interests.” Oprah and Meghan have a mentor-mentee relationship. Oprah has become somewhat of a mentor to Meghan, which is one of the reasons she landed the next CBS interview. “You know when Oprah is interested in someone – you can tell when she shoots for someone. Maybe that’s what she wants to do. [with the interview]In April 2019, Oprah took to CBS This Morning and defended the Duchess. “I think she’s being portrayed unfairly,” Oprah said. “I think if people really knew her, they would know that she is not only everything you perceive her to be – graceful and vibrant in that position – but she just has a wonderful warm, generous and loving heart. I see all the crazy press around her, and I think it’s really unfair. ”After the aftershocks of their interview with ITV in October 2019, Best Life exclusively reported that the royal couple are planning to spend time with Oprah during their vacation visit to California next month, where they likely discussed the fallout from the interview. And for more infamous interviews with the Day Queen, check out Oprah Says He Was The Worst Guest Ever. she ever had. Oprah played a key public role in promoting US support for Meghan and Harry after their split from the royal family. There was virtually no support for the royal couple from the British press after upon the announcement of their Megxit plan in January 2020. Oprah, on the other hand, has gone out of her way to welcome Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down from the royal family. Shortly after the announcement and amid the rumors she helped them strategize for their exit, Oprah told People: “Meghan and Harry don’t need my help figuring out what’s best. for them. I care about them both and support the decisions they make for their families. ” She also said in an interview with TMZ that she supported the Sussexes “1000 percent”, adding that Harry “was doing what he had to do for his family.” A month later, King was part of a small celebrity coterie, including Amal Clooney, who attended Meghan’s baby shower hosted by Serena Williams in February 2020. King subsequently revealed details of the intimate gathering and sang the praises of Meghan. “She is very kind. She’s very generous and a really, really kind person, “King said on air.” What we’ve seen is what’s going on with a lot of famous people – networking, ”Ludwig said. There are a lot of things you know very famous people with. “The new friendship between Meghan and Oprah also means a big deal for both of them. For Oprah, landing an interview with Harry and Meghan – the biggest ‘get’ right now – proves she is still ‘hot’, said Ludwig Since ending her celebrity-making talk show in 2011, and now that her print magazine has ceased publication, this interview has made her the most popular post on television without even having her own show. is sure to garner ratings and put Oprah back at the top of a very competitive list on TV, which almost certainly means there will be even bigger deals (and maybe commercial ventures with Meghan) The friendship also had its business benefits for Meghan. In December, Oprah shared her excitement for a Christmas present from her neighbor “M” with her 19.3 Instagram followers. idea that Oprah is still one of he most influential creators of taste in the country while subtly reminding everyone of their friendship with the Duchess, an important currency in today’s fashion. Meghan’s “basket of delights” at Oprah contained latte mixes from Clevr Brands. The next day, when it was revealed that Meghan was an investor in Clevr, it became very clear what she had gained from Oprah’s endorsement. And for more on Meghan’s plans for the coming year, check out The One Thing Meghan and Harry are really looking forward to 2021. They have a common fascination with Princess Diana. Interestingly, Meghan and Oprah have always been captivated by Princess Diana. “Oprah is in love with royalty and as an American, [Meghan] is as close to royalty as it gets, ”Ludwig said. Like every other interviewer on the planet, Oprah has relentlessly tried to land an interview with Princess Diana. (She had Sarah Ferguson on her talk show and then produced a documentary series on the disgraced Duchess.) A childhood friend of Meghan said: “She has always been fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0. “The Duchess is also said to have looked at every page of Diana: her true story, an account written by Andrew Morton with the cooperation of the Princess. Although Oprah never landed the royal interview to end all interviews, she has achieved the next best thing by befriending the woman who does all she can to follow in Diana’s iconic footsteps. And to find out more about what Meghan and her late mother-in-law have in common, check out 3 Things Princess Diana and Meghan Markle Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.