Oprah could offend Harry and Meghan at the Emmys for this reason

Oprah's interview with Harry and Meghan has been nominated for an Emmy, but the celebrations may end there

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Oprah has been a vocal ally of Harry and Meghan since their high profile US move, but it looks like the TV host's loyalties are about to be tested. 

From that bombshell interview in March to Prince Harry and Oprah's mental health documentary, The Me You Can't See, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven't exactly been shy about their fondness for the legendary American talk show host. 

The couple has placed a huge amount of trust in Oprah since their stateside move, choosing her to help them share the story of their controversial withdrawal from the Royal Family with the public for the first time. The A-list trio has also achieved professional success together, with Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special in July. Sounds like nothing could go wrong, right? 

Sadly, it looks like trouble could be on the horizon for the couple's friendship with the beloved TV personality—and it's all thanks to attendance restrictions. Oprah faces the tough decision of who to bring to the glitzy awards show, which is scheduled for 19 September in Los Angeles, after the Emmy organizers reduced nominees' tickets to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocol. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Oprah Winfrey speaks during Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at Chase Center on February 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

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"Although invitations have just been mailed out, nominated teams of three or more will now be limited to no more than four tickets per nomination,' its message from the Academy reads. "Unfortunately, this means not all nominees will be able to attend this year's awards." 

With so many people involved behind the scenes of Oprah's interview with Harry and Meghan, it seems unlikely that she would give her tickets to the couple over her production team. 

However, if she's lucky, she might not have to choose. It's been rumored that Emmy executives might pull some strings to allocate tickets to Meghan and Harry, in the hope of bringing more media coverage and ratings to the show. 

"Harry and Meghan attending would be a huge deal for the broadcast. Whether it would draw in extra audiences is a question of waiting and seeing. However, if the show won and either one of them spoke that would certainly make huge waves and all important headlines.'

We guess we'll just have to tune in to find out. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.