'It's liberating': Meghan says she's 'ready to talk' in new Oprah clip

Sarah Carty
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Meghan Markle has said it is liberating to talk for herself in a new clip from the Sussexes upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The highly-anticipated interview is set to be the first time the pair have officially addressed the reasons they stepped away from their roles as senior members of the royal family last year.

 Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS
A new clip of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey has been released. Photo: Getty Images

In the new clip released by CBS, Oprah reveals she asked Meghan Markle for an interview before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

“So I just want to say that I called you Feb or March 2018 before the wedding asking would you please give me an interview – and you said I’m sorry it's not the right time and finally we get to sit down and have this conversation,' Oprah says.


But Meghan said of Oprah's request: “I remember that conversation very well, I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally."

Both Oprah and Meghan remember in the clip how there were other people present when the conversation took place.

Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey interview
The first part of the interview will be Meghan one on one with Oprah Winfrey. (CBS)

When asked why Harry and Meghan think now is the right time to speak out, Meghan replies: "We are on the other side of a lot of life experience that's happened and we have the ability to make our own choices, in a way that I couldn't have said yes to you then, that wasn't my choice to make.

"As an adult who lived a really independent life and to go into this construct that is different that I think what people imagine it to be.

"It's really liberating to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes."

She added: "I’m ready to talk"

Oprah replied: "And not to have to consult with anybody at this point. Yes."

Meghan responded: "Yeah. To be able to just make a choice on your own. And to be able to speak for yourself."

It comes after the release of a segment in which the duchess accused "The Firm" of "perpetuating falsehoods" about her.

In a clip released on Thursday, hours after the palace confirmed it would be investigating bullying allegations made against the duchess, Meghan said: "I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.

“And, if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I…there is a lot that has been lost already.”

On Wednesday, Meghan denied claims by royal aides that she faced a bullying complaint by one of her closest advisors during her time at Kensington Palace, and hours later the Palace, in a very rare move, released a statement.

Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey sitting down to talk in an interview
Meghan told Oprah she found it liberating to talk to her without asking the palace first. (Harpo/CBS)

"We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the statement, which was released to The Sun, said.

"Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

"Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."

Where can you watch Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview in Australia?

Oprah with Harry and Meghan will air Sunday, March 7 at 8pm in the US, or 3pm AEDT in Australia.

The interview will be broadcast by Channel 10 at 7:30 Monday, March 8 the network confirmed after much anticipation of which channel would secure the rights to the hotly anticipated exclusive.

With extra reporting by Rebecca Taylor.

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