How “tell-all” is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first interview since stepping back from their senior royal family roles going to be? A source close to the couple spoke to E! about what to expect from their 90-minute special with Oprah, which will air on CBS on March 7—and that yes, they are going to address the elephant in the room: their relationship with the British royal family.
“There is a lot of tension between them and the royal family,” the source said. “The interview is going to shine a light on what they have been through. Meghan and Harry are relieved they are away from it all.”
The source added that because Meghan and Harry have permanently stepped back from their working royal family roles, the couple isn’t going to hold back. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be “very candid” since they’ve been “officially been released” from their royal duties.
“They are going to touch on a lot of how mental health came into play and how it affected them,” the source said.
Will Prince Harry and Prince William’s strained relationship be addressed? The source didn’t confirm or deny it, only acknowledging that the “situation’ between the brothers is still “very tense.” As the source put it, “Harry and William are on two different paths.”
Last Friday, Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing Meghan and Harry had opted not to return to their working royal family roles and that because of that choice, all of the patronages and military titles given to them by the Queen would be reassigned. Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson released a statement in response, hinting that things between the California-based Duke and Duchess and Harry’s family were indeed a little strained.
The Buckingham Palace statement read:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.
Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.
While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.
And Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson said in response: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
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