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Meghan Markle’s top five on-screen moments ahead of Oprah Winfrey CBS interview

Lizzie Edmonds
·5-min read
<p>Meghan is set to sit down for a tell-all interview with Oprah</p> (CBS/Twitter)

Meghan is set to sit down for a tell-all interview with Oprah

(CBS/Twitter)

On Sunday, The Duchess of Sussex’s biggest interview of her life will be broadcast.

Heavily pregnant Meghan, 39, has sat down with American broadcaster Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour interview that will be broadcast on CBS in the early hours of Monday morning in the UK. ITV will then show the interview hours later at 9pm.

According to CBS, the former Suits actress - who officially joined the royal family following her A-list wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor in May 2018 - will discuss topics such as marriage, the royal family and motherhood.

Prince Harry, 36, will then join her part of the way through.

And if the previews of the interview are anything to go on, it is set to be revealing.

But of course, Meghan is no stranger to a powerful interview - and has been doing them since before she was a teenager.

As a former UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership she delivered some punchy lines to huge audiences, and who would forget the difficult-to-watch ITV interview, conducted during the couple’s tour of Africa in 2019?

Here’s five of her best interviews.

1 - 11-year-old Meghan hits out at “sexist” commercial

Schoolgirl Markle, who grew up in Los Angeles, was asked along with her classmates to analyse television commercials. And the 11-year-old was particularly taken aback by an advert for Ivory Soap, a Procter & Gamble product.

The tagline was “Women are fighting greasy pots and pans with Ivory Soap.”

In her first ever television appearance in 1993, Markle didn’t hold back about how she felt about the advert. “I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking that mom does everything,” she says in the video.

Markle wrote to Procter & Gamble, and the First Lady at the time, Hilary Clinton, asking them to change the commercial to say “people all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.

And P&G complied.

“If you see something that you don’t like or are offended by on television or another place, write letters and send them to the right place, and you can really make a difference, for not just yourself but for other people,” said Markle at the time.

2 - Meghan Markle at UN conference - I am proud to be a woman and a feminist

Markle’s soap advert success made up some of her 2015 speech at aUN Women conference in New York three years before she tied the knot with Prince Harry.

Markle was speaking on International Women’s Day, March 8, about gender equality as part of her role as UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.

In the powerful speech, Markle declares she is “proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

She also spoke about the importance of representation and having women at all levels of government in order for the female voice to be heard.

3- Harry and Meghan Engagement interview - including details of the proposal and how she was “surprised” at media interest in her

In their first interview as a couple, Harry and Meghan sat down for their official engagement interview in November 2017.

Details of Prince Harry’s proposal - how it happened on a “typical cosy night” at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace while they were roasting a chicken - were shared.

Markle said the moment - where Prince Harry got down on one knee “was just an amazing surprise, so sweet and romantic.”

“I could barely let him finish proposing,” she said.

Signs of the couple’s desire for privacy and the toll of media intrusion and “mistruths” that eventually dominated the couple’s lives was evident even then. Markle said dealing with the media attention had been a “learning curve.”

Admitting it sounded naive, she said: “I did not have any understanding of what it would be like.”

Prince Harry added: “I tried to warn you as much as possible, but both of us were totally surprised by the reaction.”

Markle also said it was “disheartening” that some of the media coverage seemed to be focused on her ethnicity.

4 - ITV interview where she declares “not many people” asked if she was ‘ok’

Soon after the birth of her first child, Archie, Markle gave a revealing interview to ITV’s Tom Bradby during her and Prince Harry’s 10-day tour of Africa in 2019.

In it, she said the intense spotlight - and often negative press coverage - made her life difficult while she was “really vulnerable” as a new mother.

Markle said her reality was a “very real thing to be going through behind the scenes” and replied “yes” when asked if it’s “really been a struggle” and she’s “not really ok”.

The implication was that Markle felt unsupported - with some speculating the couple were already planning to step down from the monarchy at this point, some six months before they announced their decision in March 2020.

5- Interview with Evening Standard to mark Black History Month

In September 2020, the couple exclusively sat down with the Standard from their home in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles.

The couple appeared relaxed and happy and said they were “doing well” after a tumultuous year - which included moving to the other side of the world with Archie.

Harry, 36, who is sixth in line to the throne, spoke about his own “awakening” to the lack of opportunities for people from the BAME communities since he met his bi-racial wife.

And asked about her views on the Black Lives Matters protests, which took place across the world in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd, the duchess admitted they had been “inflammatory for a lot of people”.

She added: “But when there is just peaceful protest and when there is the intention of just wanting community and just wanting the recognition of equality, then that is a beautiful thing.

“While it has been challenging for a lot of people certainly having to make this reckoning of historical significance that has got people to the place that they are, that is uncomfortable for people. We recognise that. It is uncomfortable for us.”

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