Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has explained why she said yes to the Oprah interview that worried Royal Aides.
Criticizing the pressures she faced as a working queen, she said it was “liberating” to be able to say “yes” to Oprah Winfrey’s request for an interview.
Meghan took another blow at the institution of the monarchy in the latest clip released from her interview with the US chat show queen, saying that she and Harry now have “the opportunity to make our own decisions” .
The royal family has been described as a “construct” different from “what people imagine,” suggesting that life within the palace walls was not what they expected.
Royal aides are likely concerned about what further revelations will come from the Duke and Duchess when the entire two-hour chat airs on the CBS network on Sunday night in the US.
The prospect of the interview is the most recent dramatic development within the monarchy, with allegations of bullying being made against Meghan, which her lawyers have denied, and the Duke of Edinburgh being hospitalized for a heart condition.
Winfrey announced that she had reached out to the Duchess for the first time a few months before their wedding in May 2018 for an in-depth chat. However, it was rejected on the understanding that there might be another time.
When asked what was “right” at that moment, Meghan paused and replied in the clip broadcast on CBS This Morning: “Well, so many things. That we are on the other side of many … many life experiences that have happened.
“Also, that we have the opportunity to make our own decisions in such a way that I would not have been able to agree with you at the time. That was not my decision.
“As an adult who has lived a truly independent life and then enters this construct that is… different from what I think people imagine, it is really liberating to have the right and privilege, in some ways, to do this to be able to say yes. “
Winfrey goes on to say that it is liberating for the Duchess “not to have to consult with anyone at this point?”
Meghan replied, “Yes, just to be able to make a choice yourself. And to be able to speak for yourself. “
The Duchess has already accused The Firm – as the royal family is sometimes called – in a clip released on Thursday of maintaining “falsehoods” about her and Harry.
And in the final episode, Meghan comments on the controlling nature of the monarchy, with members of the “communications” or communications team being present during their first conversation with Winfrey.
She said, “Well, I remember that conversation very well. I wasn’t even allowed to have this conversation with you in person, right. People from communication had to sit there … “
The chat show host questioned the circumstances of the call and said, “There were other people in the room when I was having this conversation?” and the Duchess replied: “Yes, even on this call.”