Since her interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry came out people from all over the globe have weighed in on what was said in the piece. Quickly, people started picking sides with regards to who was to blame for the fallout or who was telling the truth.
Oprah on the other hand had remained very much quiet through the controversy. In a recent interview though, the media personality explained what in her view were the key moments of the conversation that she shared with the former royal couple.
One of the things that Oprah claims have surprised her in the fallout of the interview was the impact that it had. She directly mentioned,
“I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have,”
There are a couple of details though that Oprah reveals later in the interview. Particularly, about the conversations that she had with the couple prior to the sitdown that could very well paint a different story of what happened.
Oprah did mention that plenty of preparation went into the ordeal on her part. She mentioned that in the lead up to the interview she,
“[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.”
She went on to say that she asked Harry and Meghan directly about what their intention behind giving the interview would be. So that she could “align herself with that view”. That kind of gives away the idea that the interview was not a “natural” conversation.
Another important factor to be able to keep the magic of the interview up was making sure that no one from the crew revealed any of the details from the conversation that they had just heard. We can be sure that all of these people were asked to sign some pretty strict NDA’s before working on the production.
Oprah mentioned that she directly addressed the crew after the filming was done to ensure no one was going to rat them out. She told them,
“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.”
Ultimately according to Oprah what allowed the interview to have such a deep impact on people was the openness with which Harry and Meghan took on the ordeal. Winfrey also mentioned that she was surprised that the couple was as open as they were in discussing topics like racism and the color of the baby.
A big takeaway from all of this could be that Oprah is in many ways not taking sides. Instead, she seems to feel like she provided the platform for the interview. She did not however intervene in what the couple wanted to share or not.