The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview was everything we wanted out of Finding Freedom. In some ways, Finding Freedom was just the appetizer, it primed us for the revelations during the Oprah interview. FF was a good first step, but the Oprah interview was the cultural reset. And now, about seven weeks since the interview aired, Oprah is talking about what surprised her about Meghan and Harry, and what surprised her about the reaction to the interview. Oprah spoke about all of this and more as she appeared on The Nancy O’Dell Channel on talkshoplive, as she promoted her book What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing.
She didn’t know the interview would be this big: “I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have. I did a lot of preparation for that. It was really important to me that what we put out there in the world was put out into the world at the time that everybody could see it and that things didn’t leak and things weren’t misconstrued before the actual interview happened. I remember when we finished doing the interview, and that interview was 3 hours and 20 minutes I think, I stood up and said to the crew, ‘We all know what was said here and how important it is to have a trust to the people who just shared that so I’m hoping you all will not go out into the world and share what has happened here.’ And nobody did. So as we were releasing clips to CBS, we were releasing them in such a way that whatever was being put out there could not be exploited. So a lot of time and effort and energy went into it on my part.”
She exchanged messages with M&H: Oprah also spoke about how she did not meet with Meghan and Harry in person but the trio did exchange messages prior. “I didn’t see Meghan and Harry before but I did text them and say intention is very part important to me, tell me what your intention is so that we can be aligned in our goal. 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.”
She was surprised by them: When asked if she was “surprised” by how “forthcoming” Meghan and Harry were in their responses, Oprah said, “I was surprised,” adding, “What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there…The reason why it was such a powerful interview … What makes it powerful is when you have somebody else who is willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. The reason the interview was what it was because they answered the way they did.”
All that and I keep thinking… it was just the tip of the iceberg. Harry didn’t name names. Meghan didn’t even get a chance to fact-check HALF of the lies they told about her. There was no mention of Prince Andrew. There was not even a whiff of William’s affair with Rose Hanbury and his subsequent tit-for-tat with the British media to hide the affair. I do believe Oprah about how she didn’t want to, like, rehearse what they would say. I think all of Oprah’s reactions were genuine, and a lot of what was said was a shock to her. I still would love to see the full three-hour-twenty-minute unedited interview though! And I wish Oprah would do a follow-up interview. Maybe in the fall.
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