Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has sparked a bidding war between UK broadcasters with ITV emerging as the ‘favorite’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to have spoken frankly about their lives within and outside the royal family after announcing last week that they had officially ceased to be royals.
The 90-minute interview will air on CBS in the United States on March 7 and now a bidding war has broken out for the rights to air it in the United Kingdom.
Variety has claimed that Sky has been ruled out and the BBC is believed not to be involved as they are airing a special with the Queen, just hours before the explosive interview airs in the US.
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which is selling the interview to foreign broadcasters, is interested in having it go to a free-to-air channel, which has left ITV on the sidelines to pack up the chat.
The preference for a free-to-air channel has meant that Amazon Prime has been scrapped and Netflix, which has signed a £ 112 million deal with Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are also sidelined by the preference.
The Duke and Duchess have reportedly indicated which channel they would like the interview to be on and Meghan has previously opened up to Tom Bradby on ITV in an emotional chat.
On the Oprah special, Meghan allegedly claims that many people did not ask her about her well-being since she joined the Royals, and that the interview was filmed during the couple’s trip to South Africa.
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The talk has been claimed to “shed light” on tensions with the royal family with Meghan revealing how she was “entering life as a royal, marital, maternal and philanthropic job.”
He is also expected to discuss “how he is managing life under intense public pressure.”
Meghan and Harry are expecting their second baby after moving to the United States.
A royal source told The Sun that there could be trouble for the royal family as Oprah is good at revealing the juicy details.
They said, “Oprah is adept at getting people to talk about their feelings and she is destined to lead them down a path they will almost certainly regret.”
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