A Raw Look Behind Palace Doors as Meghan and Harry Meet With Oprah

Key Updates: March 7, 2021, 9:52 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:52 p.m. ET Meghan says she sought help from the palace for suicidal thoughts, but was rebuffed. March 7, 2021, 9:27 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:27 p.m. ET Meghan reveals there was a secret wedding. March 7, 2021, 9:24 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:24 p.m. ET Meghan and Harry recount conversations with royals about their son’s skin tone. March 7, 2021, 9:16 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:16 p.m. ET It’s a girl: Meghan and Harry reveal that Archie will have a sister. March 7, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET By Choire Sicha Oprah Winfrey interviewing Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.Credit...CBS For viewers to come together in this age and in this economy for television at an appointed time — interrupted by commercials even! — requires a high bar. The ratings aren’t in, but tonight many watchers were reminded of the skill, empathy and just all-around mastery of communication and focus of Oprah Winfrey as interviewer. Even if it was all showbiz, even it was all an act, for viewers it felt engrossing and moving. This is when a generation that didn’t grow up watching Oprah now realizes how she has a unique gift. — deray (@deray) March 8, 2021 Oprah, of course, was one of the creators of interview television when she wasn’t busy winning Tonys, Peabodys and getting Oscar nominations. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” began in 1986 and concluded, 25 seasons later, with more than 5,000 episodes, in 2011. She has said she has interviewed 37,000 people. oprah's "what" is so powerful — hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 8, 2021 It was 1993 when Oprah interviewed Michael Jackson in an event that stopped people in their tracks. (Prince Harry was not yet a teenager.) It was at the time the most-watched televised interview in history, with tens of millions of people tuning in. (The New York Times reported 62 million viewers; Oprah claimed 90 million worldwide.) In 2019, she revisited the Jackson situation, interviewing the two subjects of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” who accused the singer of sexually abusing them when they were children. I didn’t actually quite understand Oprah’s singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer until I became one but she’s legit on another level. — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 8, 2021 Journalists on Twitter paid tribute to the techniques Oprah used in the interview, which was simultaneously intimate and charged, kind but firm. The power of her attention is riveting. If Oprah ever interviewed me, I too would dime out my whole family. — Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) March 8, 2021 It’s Oprah’s follow up questions for me. A journalism interviewing masterclass. — Nneka M. Okona

A Raw Look Behind Palace Doors as Meghan and Harry Meet With Oprah
Key Updates: March 7, 2021, 9:52 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:52 p.m. ET Meghan says she sought help from the palace for suicidal thoughts, but was rebuffed. March 7, 2021, 9:27 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:27 p.m. ET Meghan reveals there was a secret wedding. March 7, 2021, 9:24 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:24 p.m. ET Meghan and Harry recount conversations with royals about their son’s skin tone. March 7, 2021, 9:16 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 9:16 p.m. ET It’s a girl: Meghan and Harry reveal that Archie will have a sister. March 7, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET March 7, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET By Choire Sicha Oprah Winfrey interviewing Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.Credit...CBS For viewers to come together in this age and in this economy for television at an appointed time — interrupted by commercials even! — requires a high bar. The ratings aren’t in, but tonight many watchers were reminded of the skill, empathy and just all-around mastery of communication and focus of Oprah Winfrey as interviewer. Even if it was all showbiz, even it was all an act, for viewers it felt engrossing and moving. This is when a generation that didn’t grow up watching Oprah now realizes how she has a unique gift. — deray (@deray) March 8, 2021 Oprah, of course, was one of the creators of interview television when she wasn’t busy winning Tonys, Peabodys and getting Oscar nominations. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” began in 1986 and concluded, 25 seasons later, with more than 5,000 episodes, in 2011. She has said she has interviewed 37,000 people. oprah's "what" is so powerful — hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 8, 2021 It was 1993 when Oprah interviewed Michael Jackson in an event that stopped people in their tracks. (Prince Harry was not yet a teenager.) It was at the time the most-watched televised interview in history, with tens of millions of people tuning in. (The New York Times reported 62 million viewers; Oprah claimed 90 million worldwide.) In 2019, she revisited the Jackson situation, interviewing the two subjects of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” who accused the singer of sexually abusing them when they were children. I didn’t actually quite understand Oprah’s singular genius as a broadcaster and interviewer until I became one but she’s legit on another level. — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 8, 2021 Journalists on Twitter paid tribute to the techniques Oprah used in the interview, which was simultaneously intimate and charged, kind but firm. The power of her attention is riveting. If Oprah ever interviewed me, I too would dime out my whole family. — Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) March 8, 2021 It’s Oprah’s follow up questions for me. A journalism interviewing masterclass. — Nneka M. Okona