Meghan Markle: Photographer recalls taking announcement photo
Meghan and Harry are due to appear on a 90-minute ‘CBS Primetime Special’ hosted by the US talk show legend next month. Ms Winfrey is a close friend of the couple and attended their 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle.
CBS said the interview, which will be broadcast on March 7, will be “wide-ranging” and “intimate”.
However, there are concerns the interview may prove to be the “final straw” for senior Royal Family members.
Meghan and Harry sensationally stepped down from frontline royal duties in March 2020 and moved to North America.
Writing for the Daily Telegraph commentator Allison Pearson warned tensions between the Sussexes’ and other royals could escalate due to the interview.
“The Oprah interview could turn out to be the final straw”
Oprah Winfrey is a personal friend of Meghan and Harry
She wrote: “The Oprah interview could turn out to be the final straw.
“Until now, the Windsor’s have treated Harry with kid gloves, leaving the door open for him to resume Royal duties if things went wrong.
“Yesterday, Palace sources suggested the Sussexes are set to lose their last Royal patronages, a mark of displeasure if it’s true.
“How much longer can they hang onto their Royal titles if they use them to become talk-show-circuit celebs, undermining the monarchy that made them?”
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A black and white photo was released to mark Meghan’s pregnancy
There are reports Meghan and Harry could lose royal patronages, which are granted by The Queen, but Buckingham Palace is refusing to confirm.
According to The Guardian, this would be the result of “practical considerations”, in particular how far the couple now lives from Britain, rather than as a direct response to the Oprah interview.
On Sunday a spokesman for the Sussexes’ announced Meghan is pregnant.
They said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.
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Oprah pictured at Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018
Meghan and Harry pictured with Archie in 2019
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
Misan Harriman, a photographer close to Meghan and Harry, released a touching photo of the couple after the announcement.
The black and white photograph shows Harry cradling Meghan’s head whilst she rests one arm on her pregnant belly.
Mr Harriman wrote: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow.
Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in 2018
“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
A spokesman for the Royal Family said the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and other senior royals are “delighted” at the news.
Meghan gave birth to Archie Mountbatten-Harrison, her first child, in May 2019.
However, in July 2020 she suffered a tragic miscarriage whilst changing Archie’s nappy.
Meghan and Harry stood down as senior royals in March 2020
Writing emotionally for the New York Times she said: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child that I was losing my second.
“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand.
“I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears.”