“CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry” airs in the US on Sunday, March 7 from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET. In the UK, the interview will air on ITV on Monday March 8 at 9 p.m. local time.
How can I watch the interview?
Viewers in the United States can watch the interview on CBS broadcast stations or online at CBS.com.
Why is Oprah interviewing Harry and Meghan?
Oprah is friendly with the couple: she attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 and Winfrey helped the couple settle into the community. She had previously partnered with Harry on a mental health documentary for Apple TV +.
Oprah has a long-standing business relationship with CBS, but she always maintained control of the interview through her production company, Harpo. His company developed the interview plan and presented it to CBS.
Harpo and CBS announced the US premiere, then the global distribution arm of ViacomCBS Global lined up other international broadcasters from Australia to Switzerland.
Why is the interview taking place now?
The couple have mostly remained silent about a sea of controversy surrounding their contentious relationship with the Royal Family, but they appear ready to speak up.
“[The Duchess] and the duke must speak openly and honestly about his experience of the past few years, ”Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson said in a statement last week.
Yet the interview went on for years: Although the CBS interview was announced on February 15, in a video clip released on Friday, Oprah said she spoke to Meghan about a potential interview three years ago. years in February or March 2018 – even before the royal wedding.
“I remember that conversation very well,” Meghan said. “I wasn’t even allowed to have this conversation with you personally, okay.” She said communications staff at Buckingham Palace were present.
“I couldn’t have said yes to you then,” Meghan said. “It was not my choice to do. So as an adult who has lived a truly independent life – then going into this construction that is … different from what people imagine – it’s really liberating to being able to have the right and the privilege in a certain way to be able to say yes. I mean … I’m ready to speak. “
Why is this interview important?
There have been tensions between the couple and the palace for years now, and the duo are expected to release revealing details about their experiences.
In a clip, Meghan said: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all this time we would just stay silent if there is an active role that society is playing in perpetuating the lies at our subject.”
What does this interview mean for CBS?
– Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent, contributed to this report