Two months after announcing that they would be leaving their roles as senior royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Southern California from Vancouver Island, where they had been living since November 2019.
Before settling into their home in Montecito, a secluded and expensive community in Santa Barbara County, last summer, they stayed in a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Tyler Perry. They presented a Invasion of privacy lawsuit against tabloid photographers, saying paparazzi had flown drones over the house to capture images of their son, Archie.
In Montecito, the couple are neighbors with Oprah Winfrey and Markle sent Oprah a Christmas gift basket of Clevr oat milk superlatte mixes. (Markle invested in Clevr last year).
In a recent interview with James Corden, Harry said that he hasn’t had many opportunities to see Los Angeles because he, Meghan and Archie have been home under lock and key. He also said that he has been on Zoom calls with his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. They have also been making a lot of organic waffles with the waffle maker the Queen sent Archie for Christmas.
In September, they announced that they had founded a production company and signed a multi-year deal with Netflix; in December they announced that they had signed an agreement with Spotify to produce podcasts through their organization, Archewell. But this weekend’s Oprah interview is her first major content to come out this year.
Oprah did this in the same way that she overcame child poverty in rural Mississippi to become the world’s first black billionaire woman – time, effort, and an excess of natural charisma. In a video clip posted Friday, Oprah recalls calling Meghan first to propose an interview in “February or March 2018.” According to The Times of London, the two met in person in March, when Oprah “found herself in London,” as one does, “and Meghan invited her to meet her at Kensington Palace,” as one is.
In April, Oprah invited Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to her home for lunch and yoga. About two months of friendship were enough to win Oprah an invitation to Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
Days after the couple announced their intention to “step back” as royalty, Oprah issued a statement denying rumors that she had advised them on a course of action. Meghan and Harry eventually moved so close to Oprah’s farm in Montecito, California, that they could be called neighbors, which in fact is how Oprah referred to Meghan in a December Instagram post enthusiastically endorsing a coffee brand with milk in which Meghan had recently become an investor.
At the beginning of the week, he raised eyebrows across the country on the moment the Sussexes came out on a par with televised commercials as Prince Philip lay seriously ill in hospital.
But then came the blatantly preemptive bombshell in the form of a Times of London story, which accused the couple of intimidating domestic staff. And then came the familiar déjà vu to see the same very white, very middle aged, very masculine A line of traditional British media types are lining up to “defend the honor of the royal family” by verbally attacking a pregnant woman who has been the subject of incessant racist slurs for years.
As The Guardian’s Marina Hyde clearly put it: “Unfortunately, no matter how ridiculous something Meghan and Harry do, and they are often ridiculous, it will never, never be a hundredth more ridiculous than the behavior of those who do foam at the mouth. about that “.
In fact, this is not the only real news that is being produced.
Queen Elizabeth’s 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip (Harry’s grandfather), has been hospitalized for more than two weeks after feeling unwell.
The queen’s middle son, Prince Andrew, remains in exile from public office years after being embroiled in the alleged Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking controversy. It is reported that Andrew, who has so far turned down requests from US officials to interview him, will not be able to join the rest of the royal family on a Buckingham Palace balcony at the Queen’s upcoming birthday parade.
When Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, present their version of a sensational royal breakup to Oprah Winfrey from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on Sunday night, it is sure to be one of the most anticipated and highly-touted television interviews ever. recent memory.
CBS and Oprah Winfrey’s company, Harpo Productions, have fanned expectations for the two-hour primetime show on CBS and CBS.com, which will air in Britain on Monday night on ITV. with peekaboo extracts showing her sitting down. with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, in a relaxed outdoor setting, but they offer only glimpses of what they are talking about.
“Were you silent or were you silenced?” Mrs. Winfrey asks at one point, while Meghan looks at her but says nothing. “You’ve said some pretty shocking things here,” he says in another, as dramatic music gushes out.
Harry, who will be joining Meghan for the second half of the interview, appears briefly in an excerpt to say, “My biggest concern was that history would repeat itself.” That’s an apparent reference to the fate of his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 after a high-speed chase involving photographers.