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Oprah Winfrey said to be 'livid' Prince Harry gave James Corden interview


Oprah Winfrey is said to be ‘livid’ Prince Harry gave an interview to James Corden ahead of their ‘exclusive’ chat

Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah has been hotly anticipated around the globe but Harry’s chin wag with James Cordon aboard a double decker bus for The Late Late Show means some of the top lines Oprah was hoping to use are now out there – and no longer ‘exclusive’.

Oprah, 67, who is reported to have been in talks to chat with Meghan for around two years, had hoped to reveal for the first time the reason why the couple left their royal duties.



ITV chiefs secured the rights to screen Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview
ITV chiefs secured the rights to screen Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview

The fact the Duke of Sussex already told James Corden his anger towards the British media was a main reason behind the move means it is now second hand knowledge.

Oprah’s no-holds-barred interview is airing in the US on March 7 with the UK following it up on primetime later.

The iPaper’s Late Editor Benjamin Butterworth spoke of the impact Harry’s early interview with James Corden will have had on Oprah’s chat.

He said: “I think they were desperate to get their story out there. Anyone that saw James Corden and Prince Harry on Friday, first of all, Oprah must have been livid that he’d already given the line of why he quit the Royals to James Corden so she’s not got that as an exclusive.”

Benjamin claims Oprah will have lost money as a result of the early revelation.

He continued: “So she’s wasted a couple of million there but I just find it utterly extraordinary how a couple that are so rich and have had such a high position in life as the Duke and Duchess can manage to make themselves appear so cheap.”

Critics have suggested that Harry and Meghan postpone the airing of the Oprah interview because Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, is still in hospital.

Prince Phillip has spent nearly two weeks in hospital as he is treated for infections and for his heart condition and has now been transported to St Bartholomew’s specialist cardiac hospital.




CBS have confirmed that the interview will be aired as planned and ITV will be broadcasting it 24 hours later, in what is said to be a £1million deal.

Benjamin added: “It really is big money, reportedly ITV spent £1million on getting the rights to air this Oprah interview in the UK.

“So god knows how much is sloshing around in the US.

“For a couple that needs the popularity and the good PR, even if you accept their decision to quit the royals and go off and pursue this line of work.

“You have to question the good sense behind doing it now, you know, would it have killed them to do it in three months, six months, when the world will hopefully be in a much stronger place?”





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