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Oprah was surprised when Meghan Markle went ‘all the way there’ on race

Oprah Winfrey says she had no idea her revealing interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be so impactful — and she was surprised that Markle “went all the way there” by accusing the royals of racial bias.

The 67-year-old opened up about the March broadcast on Nancy O’Dell’s new TalkShopLive streaming show.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey went in depth with Nancy O’Dell about her thoughts on the royal interview.
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“I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have,” the media mogul said.

“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,” Winfrey continued of the pair.

A screen grab of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on CBS.
Oprah did not expect the interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to have the weight that it’s carried.

The talk show host said she was “surprised” when the biracial Duchess of Sussex said that royals had raised concerns over the darkness of baby Archie’s skin.

“What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there,” Winfrey exclaimed to O’Dell.

“The reason why it was such a powerful interview … was when you have somebody else who is willing to be as open, as vulnerable, as truthful as they were,” she told O’Dell.

An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration in Brighton on March 8, 2021, shows front page headlines reporting on the story of the interview given by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wife of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to Oprah Winfrey.
The interview with Oprah led to front page attention for the royals all over the UK.
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Oprah also explained how great lengths were taken to make sure no one in the crew leaked the content of the more than three hour interview before it went to air, so that the couple’s remarks couldn’t be “misconstrued.”


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