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Meghan and Harry ‘agreed to postpone Oprah interview if Prince Philip died’

The interview was filmed before Prince Philip went into hospital (Picture: AP/REX)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex filmed their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey before Prince Philip went into hospital, a friend said.

US breakfast show host Gayle King, who previously revealed that Prince Harry had spoken to his brother and father since the interview but that talks had not been ‘productive’, spoke again about the royals on her radio show.

Challenged by a listener about the ‘terrible’ timing of the interview given that Prince Philip was receiving treatment, she said: ‘Just so you know, they had done that interview before Prince Phillip went into the hospital.’

She said on SiriusXM: ‘And if something, God forbid, had happened to him, the interview would not have run at this particular time.

‘But the interview was done and was scheduled before he went into the hospital. But a lot of people have raised that point.’

Prince Philip, 99, was in hospital for around a month. He left the private King Edward VII’s hospital yesterday.

He was initially receiving care for an infection but then underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.

Ms King said Meghan and Harry had ‘been through so much’ over the past three years and ‘really have tried to work it out privately’.

She added: ‘They really have tried to get help, and nothing was working.

‘So I think they wanted people to have some understanding about why they made the decision that they made and what they’ve been going through, and I do think that they accomplished that. I do.’

Ms King, who was among Meghan’s closest friends invited to her 2019 baby shower in New York, earlier told CBS This Morning: ‘I’m not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling and it’s true Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too.

Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey

Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey (Credits: AP)

‘The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive but they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.’

During the interview last week, the couple talked about the pressures of life within the royal family before they stepped back and moved to Canada, then California.

Meghan spoke out about how she had struggled with her mental health, and claimed she had been told not to seek professional help because of how it would look.

The couple also accused an unnamed member of the royal family – not the Queen or Philip – of raising concerns about how dark their future children’s skin tone would be.

Buckingham Palace previously said the issues raised in Harry and Meghan’s interview, especially over race, were ‘concerning’ and would be addressed by the Queen and her family privately.

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Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview: Key moments

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken to Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell interview about their decision to step back as senior working members of the Royal Family.

Here are the key points from the interview, which UK viewers can watch at 9pm on ITV on Monday, March 8.

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