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Everything you need to know about Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview: what to expect, how to watch and more

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview will air in the US next week

Eve Crosbie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to sit down this week for a programme titled Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. 

The interview will be Meghan and Prince Harry's first sit-down interview since their engagement in November 2017.

While the first half will feature an interview with Meghan alone, husband Harry will join her for the second part to discuss the couple's future and life in America. So what can viewers expect from the exclusive tell-all and when will it air? Keep reading to find out...

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What will Meghan Markle's Oprah interview be about?

"Meghan will talk about what it was like to marry into the royal family, motherhood and how she has coped with the intense pressure of being such a high profile figure," says HELLO!'s Royal Editor, Emily Nash. 

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"But I don't think she will want to be critical of royal family members. Harry is still very close to the Queen and will not want to upset her. This will be her giving her version of events and the couple talking about their current and future plans, their work with Archewell and their expanding family."

Emily adds that the documentary, which was filmed at a location in Santa Barbara in mid-February, is about "setting out their stall and presenting their new life to the world. They are in a very different place to where they were when she spoke to ITV's Tom Bradby and I think this will have a more optimistic feel".

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It will be the couple's first sit-down interview since they announced their engagement in 2017

As well as interviews with Meghan and Harry themselves, the documentary looks set to include footage from other interviews.

Speaking on This Morning this week, Holly Willoughby revealed that Oprah's team had been in touch to request footage of the show's interview with half-sister Samantha Markle in early 2020. 

In preview clips shared by CBS on Monday, Oprah said: "I just want to make it clear to everybody there is no subject that's off-limits."

When will Meghan Markle's Oprah interview air?

Audiences in the US will be able to watch the interview on the CBS Television Network when it airs at 8pm EST on Sunday 7 March - just hours after members of the royal family, including the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, take part in a special TV programme to mark Commonwealth Day. However, it is not yet clear how UK viewers will be able to tune into the interview. 

Undoubtedly, clips from the show will circulate news outlets and social media almost immediately after airing in the States but as it stands, no British broadcaster has purchased the rights to the interview, which has been extended from a 90-minute to a two-hour special. 

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Oprah interviewed Harry and Meghan at a location in Santa Barbara

According to reports, there is a bidding war going on behind the scenes for the rights to air the show.

However, there is also a chance it could land on Netflix, given the couples struck a huge partnership deal with the streaming service last year. A decision on how the show will be made available in the UK is likely to come in the next few days, and we'll be sure to keep you updated.

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