Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview ‘started conversations people didn’t want’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey "opened up conversations that many people weren’t prepared to have or didn’t want to have", according to Gayle King.

King, an American television journalist and friend of Meghan and Harry, also said she hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be "united" with the rest of the Royal Family, during a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.

During the historic Oprah interview, which was initially broadcast on CBS on March 7, Meghan made a number of shocking revelations, addressing her mental health battle and concerns of racism in the Royal family.

The US presenter said: "I think that interview opened up conversations that many people weren’t prepared to have or didn’t want to have.

"But I think, ultimately, it’s about a family that wants to be united and be together and I’m hoping that will be the case.

"Sometimes conversations are very difficult.

"There’s nothing healthy when you don’t talk, so let’s all wish that for all involved in that particular story."

King, who attended Meghan's New York baby shower in 2019, previously claimed Harry's talks with his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William following the Oprah interview were "not productive".

The American breakfast show host 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.

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

"And I think what is still upsetting to them is that the palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately, but yet they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan still – no one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet."

Following the bombshell interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement where they said "some recollections may vary".

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William denied the racism accusations after the couple alleged an unnamed royal – not the Queen or Prince Philip, according to Oprah Winfrey – raised concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin tone would be before he was born.

The Sussexes quit royal duties a year ago for a new life in America and are now expecting their second child.

Meghan and Harry are now living in a mansion in California with their young son Archie and reportedly want to spend some "real quality time together" after their second child has been born.

They obeyed royal protocol for the birth of Archie, now almost two years old, and pose for photos hours after he was born.

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But now they have stepped back from official duties there is no such obligation – leaving it unclear how they will announce the news.

Harry recently landed a new job as an executive at BetterUp, a mental health charity, as well as a commissioner at the Aspen Institute.

The pair are also reported to have signed big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify.

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