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Queen does not have 'advance copy' of Meghan and Harry 'intimate' Oprah interview

Meghan Markle says she’s ‘ready to talk’ in Oprah interview

Prince Harry and Meghan’s highly anticipated interview with US chat show legend Oprah Winfrey is set to air in the UK next week. The “primetime” programme is expected to be “intimate” and “wide-ranging” as described by the US network CBS.

However, according to a report by the Mirror, Buckingham Palace “do not have an advance copy” of Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah.

The paper reported that royal aides said “everyone will watch it at the same time”.

Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah will be aired in the UK on Monday, 8 March at 9pm on ITV.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will discuss their experiences as members of the Royal Family after stepping back as senior royals last year.

The Queen

The Queen has not received “an advance copy” of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview, sources claim (Image: getty)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air in the UK next week (Image: CBS)

According to the Mirror, sources have said the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are understood to have agreed to “reserve judgement” until they have seen all of the footage.

In a newly released clip of the Oprah interview, the Duchess talked about being unable to speak to the TV chat show legend before now.

In the sneak peek video, Oprah said to Meghan: “So, I just want to say that I called you either February or March 2018, before the wedding, asking would you please give me an interview.

“And you said, ‘I’m sorry, it’s not the right time’.

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Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle talked about being unable to speak to Oprah before now (Image: CBS)

“And finally, we get to sit down and have this conversation.”

Meghan replied: “I remember that conversation very well.

“I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right?

“There had to be people from the comms [Palace communications team] sitting there.”

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Meghan Markle: “To be able to just make a choice on your own. And to be able to speak for yourself.” (Image: CBS)

Oprah asked: “You turned me down nicely and said perhaps there will be another time when there’s the right time.

“What is right about this time?”

The Duchess responded: “Well, so many things that we’re on the other side of a lot of... a lot of life experience that has happened.

“And also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said ‘yes’ to you then. That wasn’t my choice to make.

“So, as an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is... different than I think what people imagine it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say ‘yes’.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry timeline

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry timeline (Image: Express.co.uk)

Oprah then asked: “To say it for yourself?” to which the Duchess replied: “I’m ready to talk. To say it for yourself.”

The chat show host added: “And not to have to consult with anybody at this point. Yes?”

Meghan added: “Yeah. To be able to just make a choice on your own. And to be able to speak for yourself.”

Reports suggest that the Queen will have to wait until Monday night to watch the tell-all interview along with the rest of the nation.

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