Harry and Meghan urged to delay Oprah interview while Prince Philip remains in hospital
A royal expert has called for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah to be delayed due to Prince Philip’s ill health.
Philip has been in hospital for a fortnight being treated for an infection.
Today, he was moved to St Bartholomew’s, London, for testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said.
TV show host Oprah has promised viewers there will be “shocking” revelations and “no subject off limits”.
Penny Junor, who wrote Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son, has questioned whether the interview should go ahead.
“It’s bad timing when they’re going to be saying ‘poor us’,” she told The Sun.
A senior royal source asked: “Why are they doing it?”
The Mirror reported earlier today that producers of the interview are refusing to pull the chat.
TV bosses’ refusal has the potential to detonate a “diplomatic bomb” if the Duke of Edinburgh’s health worsens, an insider says.
It is not known whether Harry, 36, has made appeals to Oprah or makers CBS to postpone its airing due to the health of his 99-year-old grandfather.
A TV insider said on the question of postponing: “CBS has sold millions of dollars worth of advertising around the interview, but bosses are aware of the delicacy of the Duke’s heath.”
They added: “They have no loyalty to the Royal Family, although some feel as though they do to Harry and Meghan. For it to run if Philip’s condition worsened would be like setting off a diplomatic bomb. It would be grossly insensitive and hugely disrespectful.”
No one from CBS was tonight available to comment.
In the trailer the Duke of Sussex also describes leaving the Royal Family as “unbelievably tough”.
At one point the 67-year-old turns to Meghan, 39,and says that her situation was “almost unsurvivable… sounds like there was a breaking point”.
Meghan and Harry have individual interviews with the chat show host, who attended the couple’s May 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle, and then joint one.
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