Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urged by some commentators in the UK to ask CBS to postpone the airing of their Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they are expected to launch a scathing attack on the royal family, as concern mounts on Prince Philip’s outlook. beat an infection.
Philip, 99, was transferred to a cardiology hospital on Monday and royal sources were quoted by UK newspapers as saying the family were “quite dismayed” at the interview, which Oprah said sees Meghan say “pretty shocking things” aired while Philip is so ill.
Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, Brother, Soldier, Son told the Daily Beast that airing the interview as Prince Philip suffered serious public health problems risked rendering the interview inappropriate, saying, “Anything could hijack this interview.” Philip is ill. He is 99 years old and could die at any time. They mustn’t have known that he would get sick, but you could tell it was not the right time. But I doubt it was their gift to postpone the interview. Control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah. “
Robert Lacey, historical consultant for The crown and author of the definitive royal biography Majesty, told The Daily Beast: “I think it would be a wonderful turnaround for Harry’s image if he took the courage to undo the whole thing this weekend – or, if that’s not practical, to do it. at least postpone.
Royal commentator and former editor-in-chief of Who’s Who Richard Fitzwilliams said it would “surely be appropriate” to postpone the interview.
He said MailOnline: “Oprah is their friend and neighbor and would undoubtedly obey if asked and the gesture I am sure would be appreciated by the Royal Family. If an interview has been extended, as has recently been the case, it can also be postponed, as it undoubtedly should be.
Royal biographer Robert Jobson told the Mail: ‘With the Duke of Edinburgh clearly very ill, the fact that the couple are considering airing their indulgent and unrestrained interview with Cat Queen Oprah Winfrey makes them seem heartless , thoughtless. and supremely selfish.
“For the American broadcast network CBS, this interview is a coup d’état, aiming to obtain big audience figures and big advertising sales around the broadcasting of their exclusive interview. So even if they wanted to, Harry and Meghan probably couldn’t dictate terms to Oprah Winfrey and the Network now. Too many investments. “
A television industry insider told the Mirror: “CBS has sold millions of dollars in advertising around the interview, but the bosses are aware of the delicacy of the Duke’s health. They have no loyalty to the royal family, although some feel as if they do to Harry and Meghan. Running it if Philippe’s condition worsened would be like setting off a diplomatic bombshell. It would be extremely callous and extremely disrespectful. “
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