CBS is paying a license fee of between $7 and $9 million for the rights to air Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, reports Fox Business.
The interview, which will air Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T., is expected to include details about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s short period working as royals before they stepped down for a private life in the U.S.
In the latest clip, shown on CBS’s “This Morning” show, Oprah says to Markle: “So I just want to say, I called you either February or March 2018 before the wedding asking, ‘Would you please give me an interview? And you said ‘I’m sorry, it’s not the right time.’ Finally we get to sit down and have this conversation.”
The Duchess of Sussex replied: “I remember that conversation very well. I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right? There had to be people [from the communications team] sitting there.”
Asked why the time was right now, Markle said: “Well, so many things. That we’re on the other side 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 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 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’m ready to talk, to say it to yourself.’
“To be able to just make a choice on your own and to be able to speak for yourself.”
CBS, per The Wall Street Journal, was seeking roughly $325,000 for 30 seconds of commercial time during the program.
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