Hot on the heels of Prince Harry’s surprise appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden comes a first glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wildly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on CBS in the US on March 7. For royal-watchers surprised by the Prince’s candor on his open-top bus tour of LA with Corden – during which he shared Archie’s first word (“crocodile”); revealed what the Queen bought her great-grandson for Christmas (a waffle maker); and mooted Damian Lewis as a potential Prince Harry in future seasons of The Crown – the trailer suggests it was nothing compared to the ground that will be covered 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 trailer comes after it was confirmed 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