When is it?
The Oprah, Meghan, and Harry special will air on CBS on Sunday, March 7 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. See below how to view it if you don’t have a cable.
The 90-minute interview begins with chats on Oprah and Meghan, as the seasoned talk show host lets the pregnant Duchess talk about marriage, motherhood and the unique pressures of royal life. Later, Prince Harry will join, and both are expected to discuss their move to the US and their future plans. You just know baby Archie will show up somehow because if Oprah knows anything, it’s how to make good TV, and royal babies are good TV indeed.
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How did we get here?
Normal protocol for someone as high in the Royal Family as Harry would be to live in the UK forever, as a working member of the Royal Family – attend hospital openings, museum exhibits, board meetings, play bingo with retirees and generally just support Queen Elizabeth II in a calm but respectful manner. But that would never become the preferred path for the rebellious Harry and his American-born actress wife. Realistically, with his father Charles, brother William and William and Kate’s three children all on the throne before him, Harry would never rule. So, perhaps inspired by the late Diana’s love for America, he and his wife decided to go their separate ways, Fleetwood Mac style.
You may have heard that Meghan and Harry (their royal titles are just too complicated to keep using here) first moved to Canada and then to California in 2020. In February 2021, after a one-year trial, Buckingham Palace announced that the couple would not would return as working members of the royal family, keeping them “much loved”.
And Meghan and Harry have been busy. In 2020, they signed a deal to develop programming for Netflix, and they’ve also signed a deal with Spotify to produce and host their own podcasts. They now live in America, and Americans are going to America. So the Oprah interview, while not something a regular royal family would do, fits exactly what a Hollywood celebrity would assume.
Why not Oprah? Although Winfrey stopped making her iconic talk show in 2011, she is still one of the most powerful, well-known women in the American media, if not the world. Harry, of course, is used to powerful women – just look at his mother and grandmother. And Oprah has been a part of the royal couple’s life for a while now. She attended their royal wedding in 2018 and lives not far from their home in Montecito, California. In fact, it was Oprah who gave baby Archie the adorable book Duck! Rabbit! That he read with Meghan in a video released on the occasion of his first birthday in May 2020.
Will there be bombs?
As worried as the royal courtiers in the palace may be, don’t expect anything to shake the merry home of Mountbatten-Windsor. But they can be forgiven for panicking. In 1995, Harry’s mother, Diana, sat down for a television interview with British journalist Martin Bashir. She did pretty well – she discussed her bulimia, the lack of support she felt she was getting from the royals, and Prince Charles’s infidelity to Camilla Parker-Bowles, now his wife.
The Sussexes don’t have many tantalizing tidbits to talk about. Meghan is expecting the couple’s second baby in 2021, so she might share some information on that. Name preferences will almost certainly not be revealed, and it seems unlikely that Meghan will spill whether she’s having a girl or a boy. But even the baby’s due date hasn’t been shared yet, and it’s possible that Oprah is some sort of hint about how long the couple will have to wait for the new little one.
Perhaps the couple will share a little more information about their upcoming business ventures in the Netflix and Spotify worlds. Of course, those would be standard stuff for a celeb interview, but it’s still strange to hear royals – even deleted royals – talk about making money from entertainment.
But more than any bombshell, royal viewers will tune in to the little homey details – glimpses of Sussexes California mansion, Archie’s brief chatter and giggles, performances by the couple’s dogs – the kind of thing People magazine has about movies. covers stars. And whatever comes of it, this is new territory for the Queen’s grandson. The Royal Family has always lived in front of the cameras, but mostly in a very guarded way. Oprah is nothing but unguarded.
How can I watch it if I don’t have a cable?
If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the interview with a live TV streaming service. All services below are from CBS.
Hulu with live TV
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YouTube TV costs $ 65 a month and includes the four major networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC – along with popular cable news outlets, including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Enter your zip code on the Welcome page to find out which local area networks are available in your area.
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FuboTV costs $ 65 a month and includes the four major networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC – along with popular cable news channels, including Fox News and MSNBC, but not CNN. Click here to see what local channels you are getting.
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AT&T Now’s standard $ 55-a-month Plus package includes the four major networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC – along with popular cable news channels, including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. You can use the channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.
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