Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has pulled in blistering viewing figures for ITV following a ‘frenzied’ bidding war with rival broadcasters.
More than 11.3 million people tuned in to watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lay it all out on the table with the TV queen.
The figures make the two-hour special the most-watched programme of 2021 in the UK, overtaking the finale of The Masked Singer which drew in an audience of 8.6 million in February.
During the candid chat, Meghan and Harry made accusations of racism within the Royal Family, and claimed to have been ignored when coming forward with mental health struggles.
Meghan revealed while she was pregnant with baby Archie, she wanted to commit suicide.
She also told a stunned Oprah, an unnamed member of the family came to Prince Harry with concerns over the colour of Archie’s skin.
‘In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,’ she said.
When Oprah pushed for a name of the person in question, the former Suits star replied: ‘‘I think that would be damaging to them.’
Reaction to the programme has been colossal, though the Royal Family is yet to make any formal statement at the time of writing.
Meghan has received huge praise for openly speaking up about her mental health problems, while Piers Morgan has come under fire for questioning the 39-year-old’s suicidal thoughts.
ITV has since confirmed it is holding talks with the Good Morning Britain presenter, while mental health charity Mind also announced it is in ‘conversation’ with the broadcaster over the presenter’s conduct.
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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.
- Meghan says it was Kate who made her cry over flower girls, not other way round
- Meghan says Harry was told there were ‘concerns how dark’ Archie would be
- Harry and Meghan reveal the gender of their baby due in summer
- Meghan sobs as she says pressures of royal life drove her to the verge of suicide
- Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls after he quit Royal Family
- Harry says Meghan saved him from being ‘trapped’ like Prince Charles and Prince William are
- Princess Diana would be ‘sad and angry about how this has panned out’
- Meghan and Harry share adorable new video of son Archie at the beach
- Harry confirms terrible rift with William and says their relationship is now just ‘space’
- Queen ‘ghosted Harry during Megxit talks and got aide to say she was too busy’