Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Have Nothing to Lose in Oprah Interview

According to royal biographer Omid Scobie, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel they have "nothing to lose" by doing their sit-down interview with Oprah.

  • Royal fans around the world are waiting as patiently as possible (which is to say, not patiently at all, really) for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's sit-down (opens in new tab) interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • According to the couple's royal biographer, Omid Scobie (opens in new tab), Harry and Meghan aren't really concerned about potential fallout from the reportedly candid interview because they feel they have "nothing to lose."
  • "They already sacrificed so much to find a space that they can thrive in," Scobie explained. "So if there is a repercussion for doing this interview, I think for both of them the attitude is, 'So be it.' For so many years, the whole world has spoken about Harry and Meghan, but they haven't been able to speak themselves."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) are honestly not worried about any potential fallout or backlash their upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey (opens in new tab) could bring, apparently. According to the couple's royal biographer, Omid Scobie, the co-author of Finding Freedom:  (opens in new tab)Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (opens in new tab), the couple trust Oprah to help share their story.

"Oprah's been there through this journey, so she knows exactly the questions to ask and who caused the problems for Harry and Meghan," Scobie explained during an interview with Entertainment Tonight (opens in new tab). "I think Harry and Meghan will be extremely candid in the things that they share."

The Sussexes' 90-minute interview is the couple's first televised sit-down since their official royal engagement interview, way back in November 2017. Scobie says Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) will use the special as an opportunity tell their side of the story and to address their issues with royal life head-on.

"Their issues are really in the institution of the monarchy, rather than with royal family members themselves, but their lives were made extremely difficult," he explained. "There were leaks from various royal aides and courtiers that often ended up in the British newspapers, causing a lot of pain, a lot of difficulty for them. We never heard them speak. This is the first time that we really get to hear [about] the emotional turmoil and difficulty that came from those very dark days as working members of the royal family."

And, while many insiders don't think the royal family will ultimately approve (opens in new tab) of the interview, Scobie says that's not really something Harry and Meghan are likely to be concerned about after what they've gone through in recent years.

"I think at this point Harry and Meghan feel they have nothing to lose," he explained. "They already sacrificed so much to find a space that they can thrive in. So if there is a repercussion for doing this interview, I think for both of them the attitude is, 'So be it.' For so many years, the whole world has spoken about Harry and Meghan, but they haven't been able to speak themselves."

Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (opens in new tab) airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.