Commentators in the UK are calling on CBS to postpone airing the Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in which it’s expected that the two will expose and attack the abuse within the royal family that Markle, and Harry’s mother Diana, endured within their time in the palace. UK residents are also claiming the interview should be postponed out of respect for Prince Philip who is currently hospitalized with an infection.
Philip is 99 and recently was moved to a specialist heart hospital to help beat the infection. Sources close to the royal family claim that they are “pretty appalled at the idea of the interview.” Oprah herself has claimed that Meghan says some “pretty shocking things” throughout the interview.
Penny Junor is the author of the novel Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son, who spoke with the media recently about how although she supports Harry and Meghan and wants the interview to air, they should consider postponing airing it while Prince Philip is in the hospital because it will give the media the perfect opportunity to spin the interview onto Meghan and Harry.
“Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is ill, he is 99 and could die at any time. They were not to know he would get ill but it could be seen to be the wrong time.”
Junot went on to explain that she doubts they’ll “postpone the interview, after all the control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah.” Robbery Lacey is the historical consultant for The Crown who also spoke with the media expressing the opposite viewpoint about the interview: “I think it would be a marvelous turnaround for Harry’s image if he took the brave step of cancelling the whole thing this weekend, or if that’s not practical, postponing it at least.”
Critics responded to Lacey’s claims and explained that it really is out of Harry’s control, mentioning that Harry’s image among his family is obviously one of the last things he’s concerned about now. Richard Fitzwilliams is a royal commentator who also expressed that he believed the interview should be postponed.
“Oprah is their friend and neighbor and would undoubtedly comply if asked and the gesture would I am sure be appreciated by the royal family. If an interview has been extended, as this recently has, it can also be postponed, as this undoubtedly should be.”
A TV industry insider working for CBS recently claimed that “CBS has already sold millions of dollars worth of advertising around this interview, but the bosses are aware of the delicacy of the Duke’s health. They have no loyalty to the royal family, although some feel as though they do to Harry and Meghan. For it to run if Philip’s condition worsened would be like setting off a diplomatic bomb.”
The interview is currently projected to air on CBS this Sunday, March 7th at 8 p.m. PT/ET.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.