The four demands Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made to Oprah Winfrey

The four demands Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made to Oprah Winfrey

March 8, 2021

The four demands Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made to TV networks before their bombshell interview was aired around the world

  • The bombshell interview aired in the US on CBS on Sunday evening local time
  • Network 10 secured the rights to air the tell-all in Australia on Monday night
  • The network reportedly offered a rumoured $400,000 in a bidding war
  • The Duke and Duchess instructed broadcasters to run the interview in full
  • Secondly, networks were banned from editing a series of ads for the special 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a list of four non-negotiable rules for their bombshell interview with television legend Oprah Winfrey ahead of its launch.

The highly-anticipated interview aired in the US on CBS on Sunday evening local time, where the couple broke their silence on wide-ranging topics from ‘racism’ in the Royal Family to the deep rift ‘Megxit’ caused between Prince Charles and Prince Harry.

Network 10 secured the rights to air the tell-all in Australia, with the channel offering a rumoured $400,000 in a bidding war.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex instructed broadcasters around the world to run the interview in full and not ‘edit’ it in any way, The Australian reports. 

Network 10 secured the rights to air the tell-all in Australia, with the channel offering a rumoured $400,000 in a bidding war 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex instructed broadcasters around the world to run the interview in full and not ‘edit’ it in any way 

Secondly, networks were banned from editing a series of ads for the special – which have been sent to Ten from the US in the leadup. 

The third demand states that Network 10 and other channels airing the interview can’t edit it at all, even the synopsis that is being provided for program guides is off limits to change. 

The fourth and final rule dictates host broadcasters are only allowed to use approved still images supplied to promote the tell-all.

During the special, Meghan revealed she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ and told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ before claiming the Buckingham Palace HR department ignored her plea for help because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’.  

Meghan also sensationally claimed that a relative of Harry asked him ‘how dark’ their unborn child would be.

She claimed Archie being mixed-race was a ‘problem’ for the royals after Oprah asked her if they were worried their son would be ‘too brown’.

Meghan claimed Archie being mixed-race was a ‘problem’ for the royals after Oprah asked her if they were worried their son would be ‘too brown’

Secret: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed that they were married in secret three days before their royal wedding on May 19, 2018

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold Archie in Cape Town while visiting in September 2019

The former Suits star said she would not name the person because it would be ‘too damaging’ for them. But she confirmed that the Duke was asked the question – ‘how dark his skin might be when he’s born’ – ‘by family’. 

Harry was also asked to identify the culprit but said he didn’t feel ‘comfortable’ discussing it.

Describing how she considered ending her life believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan said: ‘I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. 

‘I remember how he just cradled me. I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that ‘I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere’. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution’.

She said that after confiding in her husband, she was forced to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event in January 2019, claiming photos from that night ‘haunt me’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released this picture last month to announce they are expecting their second child

In the most extraordinary royal interview since his mother spoke to the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, Harry also laid into his own family claiming Prince Charles had stopped stopped taking his calls and ‘cut him off’ financially when they emigrated. Pictured, the family in 2019

Meghan told Oprah she later reached out to one of the best friends of Diana, Princess of Wales, because she felt unsupported by the palace

She told Oprah she later reached out to one of the best friends of Diana, Princess of Wales, because she felt unsupported by the palace.  

She said: ‘When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over’. Meghan later said Harry had ‘saved my life’ by agreeing to move to Los Angeles.

In the most extraordinary royal interview since his mother spoke to the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, Harry also laid into his own family claiming Prince Charles had stopped stopped taking his calls and ‘cut him off’ financially when they emigrated. 

The prince said he had to sign multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify because he was spending his inheritance from Princess Diana and the palace wanted Meghan to go back into acting to pay the bills.

‘My father and brother. They’re both trapped’ and added that his mother Diana would be ‘angry and sad’ that he felt he had to leave the royal family, but ‘she saw it coming,’ he said. 

The main bombshells from the Oprah interview

– Meghan’s mental health

The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had suicidal thoughts and said: ‘I just didn’t want to be alive any more.’

She said she begged for help, and asked to go somewhere to get help, and approached one of the most senior people in the institution, but was told it would not look good.

The duchess said: ‘I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.’

– Baby Sussex is a girl

Harry and Meghan revealed they are expecting a baby girl.

The duke joined his wife in the second half of the interview, and told the chat show host: ‘It’s a girl.’

He said his first thought was ‘amazing’ when he discovered they were having a girl, adding: ‘Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.

‘But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.’

Asked if they were ‘done’ with two children, Harry said ‘done’ and Meghan said: ‘Two is it.’

She also confirmed the baby is due in the ‘summertime’.

– Royal family accused of racism

Meghan said, when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family raised ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’.

Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be ‘too brown’ and that would be a problem, Meghan said: ‘If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.’

Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’

She added: ‘That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.’

– Archie’s title

Meghan suggested she and Harry wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security and be protected.

The duchess expressed her shock at ‘the idea of our son not being safe’, and the idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.

Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V.

He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.

As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead at the time of his birth, a royal source said Harry and Meghan had decided he should a regular Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

– The Prince of Wales

The Duke of Sussex said his father the Prince of Wales stopped taking his calls while Harry and Meghan were in Canada ‘because I took matters into my own hands. I needed to do this for my family’.

He said Charles wanted him to put his plans in writing.

– The Queen

Harry denied that he had ‘blindsided’ his grandmother Queen with the bombshell statement about stepping down as senior royal.

The duke said he believed the report probably could have come from ‘within the institution’.

– The Duchess of Cambridge

Meghan said Kate made her cry ahead of her wedding.

Reports circulated ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.

But Meghan told Winfrey the ‘reverse happened’.

Meghan said she was not sharing the information to be ‘disparaging’, but added it was ‘really important for people to understand the truth’.

‘She’s a good person,’ the duchess added

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