Even more footage from Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has arrived.
In a new clip shared on OprahMag.com, the Duchess of Sussex detailed why she, her husband, and their young son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, deserve privacy—even as some of the most famous public figures in the world.
“I think everyone has a basic right to privacy,” said Meghan. “Basic. We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect.”
Offering an example of her expectations of privacy and boundaries, she added, “If you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your coworker says, ‘Oh, my gosh, your kid’s so cute. That’s fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?’ You go, ‘No. This is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you.'”
She continued, referencing why she and Harry are so uncomfortable with being followed by the paparazzi. (The couple sued a paparazzo last summer over obtaining illegal photos of their son, citing an invasion of privacy at the time.)
“If they double down and say, ‘No, but you already showed me that one. So you have to show me everything. You know what, I’m just gonna hire someone to sit in front of your house, or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy … because you shared one image with me,'” said Meghan.
“There’s no one who’s on Instagram or social media that would say, ‘Because I shared this one picture, that entitles you to have my entire camera roll. Go ahead and look through it.’ No one would want that. So it’s about boundaries. And it’s about respect,” she added.
The couple’s prime-time interview with Winfrey lasted an hour and 25 minutes, but their actual sit-down lasted for three hours and 20 minutes total, Oprah revealed on CBS This Morning. Considering how much footage was cut from the broadcast, the network shared more clips from the conversation throughout CBS This Morning on Monday, featuring more revelations from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about royal life.
Meghan, for one, detailed how the racist tabloid coverage targeting her differed from the press coverage other royals faced. “If a member of his family will comfortably say, ‘We’ve all had to deal with things that are rude,’ rude and racist are not the same,” the duchess said. “And equally, you’ve also had a press team that goes on the record to defend you, especially when they know something’s not true. And that didn’t happen for us.”
And Harry recalled how the queen, his grandmother, was not made available to them shortly before they announced their plans to step back as senior working royals in January 2020. “When you’re head of the firm, there is people around you that give you advice,” he said. “And what has also made me really sad is some of that advice has been really bad.”
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