Oprah reveals even she was surprised that Meghan and Harry went 'all the way there' in their interview

The talk show host is referring to their explosive CBS interview

DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
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Oprah Winfrey has revealed that even she was surprised that the royal couple went 'all the way there' when she interviewed them in March for their explosive CBS interview. 

·     The talk show host spoke to Nancy O'Dell's on her new streaming show TalkshopLive on Friday.

·     She revealed that she was shocked at just how open Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were during the interview.

·     In other royal news, Prince Harry has narrated a special video for Earth Day.

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The interview which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave to Oprah was shocking for many - with accusations surrounding racism and the royal family, along with Meghan revealing her mental health struggles.

However, Oprah says that even she was shocked that the couple dived so deeply. "Yeah, I was surprised," The US talk show host told Nancy O'Dell on Friday.

"I was surprised at the amount of, you know, literally with that thing that's now become a meme, that's like, 'What?' I'm like, 'What? You're going there? You're going all the way there?'"

The interview was watched by 49 million people and sent ripples around the world, with even the royal family apologising for any hurt they caused the couple.

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Oprah went on to say that normally she would talk to people she was interviewing, but only managed to text Meghan to find out what her 'intention' for the interview was. 

She revealed that their texts revealed that they were "aligned in [their] goal." While she went on to say that: "Our shared intention was the truth. They wanted to be able to tell their story and tell it in such a way that allowed them to be truthful as possible."

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In the interview, Meghan revealed that someone in the royal family showed concerns about the colour Archie's skin would be. Referring to this, Oprah said that this revelation was one which made it such a powerful interview, as "Meghan and Harry decided they wanted to, well, go there."

She went on to say: "When you have somebody who's as willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. so I don't give myself credit for that. I give myself credit for asking the questions, but the reason the interview was the way it was was because they answered they way they did."

Sarah Finley

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