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Old 02-16-2021, 10:26 AM
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Harry won't speak badly about his father in the interview, (nor any other member of his family) but that is not because he controls the Sussexes purse strings. He doesn't. The Sussexes don't receive any money from him.

And as for everybody knowing that the couple would one day speak to Oprah well it's been a long long while. Harry and Meghan became engaged in November 2017, no Oprah interview (nor one with Doria either) they married in May 2018, no interview after that either.

They've been in the US since June last year, no interview. In fact they will have been married three years in May 2021, and this interview, that has been so on the cards according to some, will be recorded only a couple of months before.

That is, if you believe that being interviewed by Oprah is somehow sinister or underhanded or disgraceful. She's interviewed many many famous people including Presidents and has been a good friend and ally to Meghan and Harry.

Royals also often choose people they feel comfortable with to interview them , like for instance Charles with Jonathon Dimbleby. Not that the interview with Oprah is going to be so revelatory as that. It will be vetted questions amid a pleasant atmosphere.
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:49 AM
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I find it a little hard to believe they will let Oprah "ask them anything" or that she will. This is a couple who are so private they left the royal family to protect their privacy. Now people will be watching it expecting a tabloid fest where they tell all about the royals. Gayle should have said nothing.


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Old 02-16-2021, 11:03 AM
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Of course Gayle is going to say something of the kind. She and Oprah want the largest audience possible, chafing at the bit for revelations. That doesn't mean that the sort of questions such an audience wants are going to be answered or even asked, when it comes down to it.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:04 AM
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I think that anyone who’s hoping that there will be lots of “spilling tea” on the Royal Family will be sorely disappointed. I have a feeling that this interview will be mostly focused on their new endeavors with the Archewell Foundation and projects with Netflix and Spotify, probably lots of happy talk about the new baby and Archie, and gushing about how much they’re loving living in California (although I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry adds that they can’t wait to visit the UK again). There will probably also be more about the things that they’ve been focusing on the past year- the importance of being kind, how harmful social media can be and how we need to form connections in other ways, maybe also how harmful media and tabloids can be. I think it’ll mostly be positive, and I don’t expect any major bombshells against the royal family.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:13 AM
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As others have said the duke & duchess appear to be morphing into celebrities. This is presumably what they meant when they wrote about “carving out a new progressive role” in the monarchy.

This interview seems part & parcel of that celebrity approach. It’s an opportunity to explain to the American public their point of view & to publicise their ventures as well as validating their status in the United States.

A primetime interview on a major network wouldn’t be happening of course if it wasn’t for the fame they have as members of the royal family. Oh the irony of that!

This isn’t Dimbleby (or Bashir, Wogan or Selina Scott). There are real commercial advantages to be gained here for the Sussexes. It’s a springboard for future ambition.

That they continue to do this sort of thing, taking advantage of & monetising their status in the American market, will continue to divide opinion of course. Here in Britain it will also probably further erode goodwill towards the idea of having a royal family.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:19 AM
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Thank you for sharing the information about the church connection between Oprah and Doria.
I am listening to the audio version of THE book, just now and have just listened to that part yesterday, That is how it is described in the book, when Meghan became linked to Harry , Oprah reached out to Doria , it then transpired they had at times attended the same church. Oprah had met Meghan once before hand at an event. Just wanted to back up the posters information, do not intend discussing the book.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:23 AM
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As others have said the duke & duchess appear to be morphing into celebrities. This is presumably what they meant when they wrote about “carving out a new progressive role” in the monarchy.

This interview seems part & parcel of that celebrity approach. It’s an opportunity to explain to the American public their point of view & to publicise their ventures as well as validating their status in the United States.

A primetime interview on a major network wouldn’t be happening of course if it wasn’t for the fame they have as members of the royal family. Oh the irony of that!

This isn’t Dimbleby (or Bashir, Wogan or Selina Scott). There are real commercial advantages to be gained here for the Sussexes. It’s a springboard for future ambition.

That they continue to do this sort of thing, taking advantage of & monetising their status in the American market, will continue to divide opinion of course. Here in Britain it will also probably further erode goodwill towards the idea of having a royal family.
You are totally correct, they are only interesting because of the names and the link to the royal family.
The family that they do not wish to work with. That is why IMO you will never see them on the balcony at any royal events. As they will use that connection to obtain more air time to sell their products.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:24 AM
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I am listening to the audio version of THE book, just now and have just listened to that part yesterday, That is how it is described in the book, when Meghan became linked to Harry , Oprah reached out to Doria , it then transpired they had at times attended the same church. Oprah had met Meghan once before hand at an event. Just wanted to back up the posters information, do not intend discussing the book.
No doubt Oprah did. She got a wedding invitation out of it didn't she. You scratch my back & all that.

You don't get to the top of your profession without taking advantage of all life's opportunities. That's not a criticism just an observation of reality.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:25 AM
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Harry won't speak badly about his father in the interview, (nor any other member of his family) but that is not because he controls the Sussexes purse strings. He doesn't. The Sussexes don't receive any money from him.

And as for everybody knowing that the couple would one day speak to Oprah well it's been a long long while. Harry and Meghan became engaged in November 2017, no Oprah interview (nor one with Doria either) they married in May 2018, no interview after that either.

They've been in the US since June last year, no interview. In fact they will have been married three years in May 2021, and this interview, that has been so on the cards according to some, will be recorded only a couple of months before.

That is, if you believe that being interviewed by Oprah is somehow sinister or underhanded or disgraceful. She's interviewed many many famous people including Presidents and has been a good friend and ally to Meghan and Harry.

Royals also often choose people they feel comfortable with to interview them , like for instance Charles with Jonathon Dimbleby. Not that the interview with Oprah is going to be so revelatory as that. It will be vetted questions amid a pleasant atmosphere.
I don’t believe an Oprah interview is sinister at all, all celebrities would do it, indeed would give their right arm to do it- that is the point- its celebrity heaven. There is nothing wrong with it, personally I think it will make boring tv and I think Oprah will use her many years of gently nudging here and there to get something personal out of them, its her job and the bigger the splash the better the ratings the better she looks- Oprah will put her “brand” before H&Ms. Again, no issue with that, but they can’t then go on about privacy, the media and wanting to carry on with royal patronages when so clearly pitting themselves out there as celebrities.

I’m also pretty sure Charles is still giving them some personal financing- no biggie with that but saying as a matter of fact he doesn’t is something none of us know. He is their ultimate back up if it all goes wrong. Either way, we agree they won’t dish on him so all good.

Again - this isn’t a big deal if you accept it merly reflects the fact they are now two b list celebrities trying to make it in LA.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:32 AM
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You are totally correct, they are only interesting because of the names and the link to the royal family.
The family that they do not wish to work with. That is why IMO you will never see them on the balcony at any royal events. As they will use that connection to obtain more air time to sell their products.


The monarchy would be best advised going forward to ensure that the Sussexes (& some others!) have no entre to any public royal occasions in this country. That means events like Trooping the Colour or Ascot or whatever else might happen in the future. Their private family contacts should remain just that, private. Hopefully on a personal level there can be some bridge building.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:41 AM
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Is Commonwealth Day Service still on? The second monday will be 8 March, right?
Maybe they'll talk about it too, they're still the President and VP of QCT after all.
I do not know is the honest answer, but I cannot see how it could go ahead, as we are still in lockdown. You cannot go to church on a Sunday the queen has never left Windsor. I would imagine there might be some form of recognition on the day, but cannot visualise there being the full church service. I have been wrong before so perhaps somebody on here knows more.

Yes they are at the moment, but that might be up for discussion as well.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:45 AM
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I'm sure all celebs, and indeed all Royals, politicians, etc, would love it if they could be front page news with stories and photos of their own choice as and when they want, and never be mentioned in the media otherwise. But it doesn't work like that.


It would be nice if they talked about actual projects. I'm not sure what Archewell's actually involved in. But people will be tuning in to hear them dish the dirt.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:55 AM
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I think there will be a ' thanking you for asking moment' where something will be implied but nobody will actually be able to accuse them of saying something specific.
If they do make adverse comments with regards the household or the family, there will be no going back. But as we already know Meghan drops people that she has an issue with. According to Omid Scobie she is a very nice person who does not like conflict so rather than disagree with someone she just moves on from them.
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:05 PM
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https://www.tomorrowspapers.co.uk/da...ge-2021-02-16/

Say what you want about British tabloids but sometimes, just sometimes, they're genuinely a breath of fresh air.
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:17 PM
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I wish all the UK papers took that approach
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:18 PM
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https://www.tomorrowspapers.co.uk/da...ge-2021-02-16/

Say what you want about British tabloids but sometimes, just sometimes, they're genuinely a breath of fresh air.
There was a similar one yesterday with regards the pregnancy announcement,
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:30 PM
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This is one interview too far. I think we can safely say that at the next Coronation Harry and Meghan will be guest presenters on US prime time taking us through the ceremony based on Harry's previous experience of state ceremonies. Sad and tawdry affair. Their titles need to go at some time before they cash in on them completely. The question is timing. The Monarchy won't want to look petty or vindictive, and I guess they hope that the titles have some kind of a restraining influence on them. I dread to think what these loose cannons will say and do once they are completely cast adrift.
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:36 PM
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This is one interview too far. I think we can safely say that at the next Coronation Harry and Meghan will be guest presenters on US prime time taking us through the ceremony based on Harry's previous experience of state ceremonies. Sad and tawdry affair. Their titles need to go at some time before they cash in on them completely. The question is timing. The Monarchy won't want to look petty or vindictive, and I guess they hope that the titles have some kind of a restraining influence on them. I dread to think what these loose cannons will say and do once they are completely cast adrift.
The whole thing is that they do not want cast adrift, from the first statement that they were forming a new royal way of doing things, it was all about still doing selected royal duties. and respecting the Queen. They wanted a foot in the door and the Queen said NO. So they went off in a huff. They might find that the queen might change her mind about don't complain or explain and might give a few home truths herself.
A previous poster had said that Oprah was a friend of Dianas, I would say she reached out as they say to try and get an interview but she never got one,
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:53 PM
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They will always be part of the family. I do think they will talk about charities and causes and perhaps plans for documentary films. I am still very interested in them, they are very intriguing IMO.
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Old 02-16-2021, 01:11 PM
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