The Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Oprah Interview Cost CBS at Least $7 Million to Air


Tonight’s the night. CBS will air the much-anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. CBS is paying a license fee of between $7 million and $9 million to air this interview, per The Wall Street Journal. A spokesperson for the couple told the publication that Harry and Meghan aren’t receiving payment for the interview.

WSJ reports that per the agreement between Oprah’s production company, Harpo Productions, and CBS, the network can license the interview to air internationally as well. In the U.S., the interview is airing tonight, but ITV will air the event in the U.K. at 9 P.M. on Monday.

This interview will mostly feature Meghan in a one-on-one conversation with the media mogul, but Harry will join for part of the dialogue.

CBS’s teaser for the discussion revealed that Oprah requested an interview from Meghan in 2018, before the royal wedding.

“So, I just want to say that I called you either February or March 2018 before the wedding asking, uh, would you please give me an interview, and you said I’m sorry it’s not the right time,” Oprah said. “And finally, we get to sit down and have this conversation.”

“I’m so—Well, I remember that conversation very well,” Meghan replied. “I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right. There had to be people from the comm sitting there, everything was…”

In the teaser, Oprah followed up by asking what made Meghan say yes to the interview now.

“Well, so many things,” Meghan ultimately answered. “That we’re on the other side of a lot of…a lot of life experience that’s happened. And also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said yes to you then. That wasn’t my choice to make. So, as an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is um…different than I think what people imagine it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes. I mean…I’m ready to talk.”

Watch the clip here ahead of the full, two-hour interview tonight.

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