Ahead of the release of Oprah With Meghan & Harry, American network CBS has dropped a third clip of the Sussexes’ interview with the television legend. In the 1 minute and 45 second teaser, Oprah reveals that she first approached the Duchess about an interview in the run up to her wedding, which Meghan politely declined. Now, however, the Duchess is clear that she’s finally ready to tell her story. Asked why she’s decided to speak out at this particular juncture, Meghan explains, “We’re on the other side of a lot of – a lot of life experience that’s happened, and also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that – I couldn’t have said yes to you then. That wasn’t my choice to make. So, as an adult who lived a really independent life, to then go into this construct that is, um… different than I think what people imagine it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege, in some ways, to be able to say, ‘Yes, I’m ready to talk,’ to say it for yourself, to be able to just make a choice on your own and just be able to speak for yourself.”
“How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?” Oprah questions the Duchess in a previous trailer released on 4 March, to which Meghan replies, “I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us. And if that comes with risk of losing things – I mean, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.” The 120-minute special is due to air on 7 March on CBS in the US, and on 8 March on ITV in the UK, and is believed to have been shot over two days at a location in Santa Barbara rather than at the couple’s Montecito home, as previously reported by a number of outlets.
A previous teaser, dropped on 1 March, gave an indication of the breadth of topics that will be discussed in Winfrey’s sit-down with the couple. “Were you silent, or were you silenced?” Winfrey asks Meghan, who is dressed in a black Armani wrap dress with embroidered flower detail, at the start of the clip. It then cuts to the presenter clarifying that “no subject is off-limits”. Oprah mentions the phrase “almost unsurvivable” – the words the Duchess memorably used to describe her experiences of trolling and online abuse last October. Prince Harry also tells the presenter, “My biggest concern was history repeating itself” – an apparent allusion to the role he believes the media played in the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The release of the trailers comes after it was confirmed that the Duke and Duchess, who announced they are expecting another baby on Valentine’s Day, will not be resuming their roles as senior working royals following their decision to step back from the Firm and pursue financial independence at the start of last year. Buckingham Palace released a statement on 19 February confirming that the honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess would be returned to the Queen and redistributed among working members of the royal family.
In light of the news, the Duke and Duchess released their own statement, highlighting their continued dedication to philanthropic endeavors regardless of their status within the royal family. “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk