Oprah Winfrey is speaking out following her interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
During their March 7 interview, which aired on CBS in the U.S., Meghan and Harry accused the royal family of racism, including “concerns” over their son Archie’s skin color and not getting Meghan help when she felt suicidal.
And this week, Oprah, 67, reflected on the interview with the couple during the launch of The Nancy O’Dell Channel on talkshoplive® where Oprah was promoting her book What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing.
“I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have,” Oprah said.
“I did a lot of preparation for that. It was really important to me that what we put out there in the world was put out into the world at the time that everybody could see it and that things didn’t leak and things weren’t misconstrued before the actual interview happened.
“I remember when we finished doing the interview, and that interview was 3 hours and 20 minutes I think, I stood up and said to the crew, ‘We all know what was said here and how important it is to have a trust to the people who just shared that so I’m hoping you all will not go out into the world and share what has happened here.’ And nobody did.
“So as we were releasing clips to CBS, we were releasing them in such a way that whatever was being put out there could not be exploited. So a lot of time and effort and energy went into it on my part.”
Oprah also spoke about how she did not meet with Meghan and Harry in person but the trio did exchange messages prior. “I didn’t see Meghan and Harry before but I did text them and say intention is very part important to me, tell me what your intention is so that we can be aligned in our goal,” she recalled. “Our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be as truthful as possible.”
When asked if she was “surprised” by how “forthcoming” Meghan and Harry were in their responses, Oprah said, “I was surprised,” adding, “What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there.”
Oprah continued, “The reason why it was such a powerful interview … What makes it powerful is when you have somebody else who is willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. The reason the interview was what it was because they answered the way they did.”