Meghan Markle says it’s ‘liberating’ to be able to ‘speak for yourself’ - as newspaper ordered to print apology

By Helen Johnson
Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:11 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:11 pm
Meghan Markle has said it's ‘liberating’ to be able to talk to Oprah Winfrey (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle has said it's ‘liberating’ to be able to talk to Oprah Winfrey something which she says she was unable to do before.

In a third clip released by CBS ahead of The Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special interview, which will be televised in the US on Sunday (7 March), the Duchess of Sussex said that the Royal Family had previously prevented her from making that choice.

This latest clip comes as the High Court has ruled that the Mail On Sunday must publish a front-page statement about the Duchess of Sussex's victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper, after the paper published a letter from Markle to her estranged father.

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Lord Justice Warby said the Mail on Sunday should publish a front page statement about the victory, and an article should also appear on the MailOnline for a week.

‘You turned me down nicely and said perhaps there will be another time’

In the latest teaser clip of the interview, Winfrey said that she asked the duchess for an interview before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, but was turned down.

In the clip, Markle said: "I remember that conversation very well.

"I wasn't even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right? There had to be people sitting there."

Ms Winfrey added: "There were other people in the room when I was having that conversation. You turned me down nicely and said perhaps there will be another time.

However, Markle said that now “we're on the other side of a lot of life experience that's happened and also that we have the ability to make our own choices.

"In a way that I could not have said yes to you then, it was not my choice to make."

The duchess added: "So as an adult who had lived an independent life, to then go into this construct that is different than I think what people imagine it to be…

"It's really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I’m ready to talk, to be able to make a choice on your own and to be able to speak for yourself."

In a clip released by CBS earlier this week, the duchess also said that the royal family could not expect her and Prince Harry to remain silent if they are “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.

Markle 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."

The interview will air in the US on Sunday (7 March) and then in the UK on ITV on Monday (8 March).