Should Oprah release the unaired footage from her Sussex interview?

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Before Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex even aired, we knew that Oprah had spent hours with Harry and Meghan and that there was a significant amount of pure interview footage which had to be cut. When you really think about it, what was aired during those two hours was only the tip of the keen iceberg, and I would assume that there was a lot of scandalous and interesting stuff left on the cutting room floor. Well, looks like British people have finally realized that too, and now they want a second Sussex special, or perhaps the full-length interview.

ITV wants to show unseen footage from Harry and bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. More than 90 minutes have not been aired – and palace aides fear it could include damaging revelations. The development comes as courtiers try to broker peace talks between brothers Harry, 36, and William, 38, before new statue of their mother Diana is unveiled in July.

An industry source told the Sunday People: “There is a lot of interest in showing the interview in full. The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK and was bought by firms around the world. Showing more of it would be a guaranteed ratings winner. Oprah’s production company know they’re sitting on a goldmine so it’s possible a deal could be done.”

It is understood ITV paid £1million for the rights to the original programme – but sources say this only covered the part aired in the US. The talk was syndicated to 70 countries netting millions of dollars, but Harry and Meghan reportedly were not paid.

[From The Daily Mirror]

I suggested at the time that Oprah should cut together a second special with the unaired footage, and perhaps even do an updated special with Harry and Meghan talking about all of the sh-t that’s happened in just the past few weeks. I doubt H&M will give another interview so soon though, and as for the additional footage… who knows. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes of it. That’s all up to Oprah, she owns the footage (through Harpo Productions) and she can do whatever she wants with it. Clearly, she already provided CBS with additional clips, so it would be great to see CBS (and ITV, I guess) convince her to use all of her footage.

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Screencaps courtesy of CBS.

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  1. Victoria says:

    I think it should have all been released within the week. Doing it after initial interview almost three weeks later would be fine for Sussex fans but bad optics for them (HM) because it would seem as if they are dragging it on.

    They said their piece.

    Save the footage for if the BRF get really nast.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      +1

      Wonderful idea!

    • MissMarierose says:

      agreed

    • L4frimaire says:

      Agree. I couldn’t watch the interview again and after the fallout, don’t see the point. It also looks like the Sussexes want to put the focus back on their work, and while we may know that Oprah has lots of additional footage, we don’t know if her and the couple have any agreements to air the rest of it, or if they even have any say in that. Just because some of us want to see more doesn’t mean that they want to release more. ITV wanting the additional footage is not in good faith, especially since it was revealed they edited out some of the newspaper headlines that were in the original US broadcast.

    • Susan says:

      PREACH! They are moving forward; as much as I’d love to know it for my selfish royal gossip reasons, it wouldn’t be a good thing for them PR wise.

    • april says:

      Agreed–that makes sense

    • WTF says:

      “They said their peace” is the correct saying.

      • Victoria says:

        But that’s not how or what I wanted to say. I am well aware of the saying, but my intent was not to say it. I said what I said, and I would appreciate it if you not assume you are telling me something I don’t know.

        Thank you so much.

  2. Snuffles says:

    I’m all for it! But keep it in her back pocket if the British media and the royal family keep challenging her.

    I also seriously doubt that Harry will come to the UK this July. It’s too close to Meghan’s due date and the pandemic isn’t under control yet. Plus, I don’t think he and Will can even be in the same room right now. Especially with Will popping off so much in the papers with his propaganda campaign.

    • Ginger says:

      I really can’t see Harry coming back to the UK much at all now. I feel like this interview was his way of saying he is done. He would have to know if would piss off the RF.

      • JT says:

        That statue is the only thing they have over Harry at this point, which is funny because they keep accusing him of exploiting his own mother. So why would they want him at the unveiling then? Oh right, because they need the attention that Harry brings. I’m sure Will-di Amin will get some headlines, but not the worldwide press Harry gets. The Other Brother should be kissing ass instead of smearing Harry to at least get him to send a video or something.

      • molly says:

        Philip will possibly die within a year, so he’ll have to come back for that. Otherwise, I can’t imagine he’d come back for anything else.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Harry going to that statue unveiling would only benefit William. I don’t think he should go.

      • Alexandria says:

        Agree. Harry going is only ramping up Kim Jong Will’s PR. Let the other brother do it himself. Diana is in Harry all the time. No statue would change that. Diana is already loved by many before the statue is unveiled. The statue won’t change that. Her legacy is Harry. If Diana’s supporters really loved her, support Harry.

  3. Ellie says:

    Wait, now they want another interview? I thought it was positively ghastly for them the first go round. And I actually doubt the unaired footage would be anything revelatory – Oprah would’ve included it, she’s got a keen eye for TV drama. I also believe everything they both said, but also think they had discussed ahead of time what they’d be willing to go public about, so unaired stuff is probably just redundant, and not “WHAT MEG SHOULD NEVER HAVE SAID.” Which is I’m sure what they’re hoping for.

  4. lanne says:

    According to the Yougov poll, most people in the UK didn’t care and wouldn’t watch it. Hmm that. The royals have a big problem when their most popular members are no longer there and the world outside the UK knows they were bullied out. Apparently the RRs pay will be linked to engagement with their articles, so no Celebitch should click on any tabloid article, nor engage with a Ratchet rota on social media. Let’s starve them out and let them rot.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Exactly this Lanne. YouGov poll said Brits were boycotting it but apparently 14m British households watched it. Meanwhile the firm’s commonwealth show that the press tried to set up as a rival show apparently was only watched by 800k. It’s almost as if these polls are trying to set an agenda..

      Lol to courtiers doing peace talks between the brothers. They seem to be part of the problem.

    • Ariel says:

      If so many British people watched its does that mean British people lied in the polls or the polling was only asked of bigots ? Though I’m sure the bigots watched it. They enjoy growing their hate.

      • Oh says:

        The British people are so mad that they lost their favorite white prince. They live in denial 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤭

    • Lorelei says:

      This is why I love CB. Hundreds of us can read one article here and avoid giving the Mail, etc. any clicks.
      At this point, the RRs are getting so out of control, I’d appreciate screenshots of some of their tantrums here as well so they wouldn’t even generate *views* on Twitter, let alone replies.

      Re: the polls, this is JMO, but I tend to think most polls (of any kind, not just these) are BS or at the very least extremely biased and inaccurate. Many still only call landlines, so they’re reaching mostly older people who still love the Queen, don’t keep up with the daily drama, and buy the narrative they’ve been sold about Meghan. They don’t dig any deeper than what the blaring headlines tell them. But this is JMO and I’m not sure exactly what methods YouGov uses.

      Many polls— as soon as I look at the fine print about who commissioned and paid for them— can clearly be seen for the propaganda they are. I’m sure there are some legit ones out there, but I don’t think the frequent ones we see about the royals’ popularity are.

      • JT says:

        If the polls declaring that no Brit would watch the interview were obviously incorrect, than the polls stating that H&M’s popularity in the gutter should also be wrong too no? It was such a huge difference in what was polled and the people who actually watched. I think some of you said it’s about half of households in the UK? I’m guessing H&M might have more support than what is reported on the press (not that they’ll need it), which makes me wonder about the polling for the rest of the family. How unpopular are Will Jong Un and Keen?

  5. aquarius64 says:

    There’s a panic in three quarters as I see it: the BRF, the BM and the Markles. The Windsors are due for another round of bad press when Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial this July. The Sussexes share some thoughts on Andrew? Meghan may provide some specific insights on specific media mutts like Piers Morgan? CBS asked ITV for footage for Bad Dad’s interviews. Harry and Meghan may have some receipts to blow TT out of the water? Careful for what you wish for.

    • Alissa says:

      I don’t see them going on about Prince Andrew, they made a point to state that they’re good friends with his daughters.

    • Becks1 says:

      I thought she was very careful about Andrew, she only mentioned him in the context of the lunch at Royal Lodge, and she kind of shoved his name in as an aside; no way she talked more about him.

    • Yoyo says:

      I don’t think so, Meghan hardly wanted to talk about her father, and as she said she don’t know Samantha, her father who she had a relationship with, lied to her.
      Samantha even said, in one of her many interviews, Meghan from a child, never wanted anything to do with her and she didn’t know why.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        Let’s see calling her mother the help and worse might be a reason Meghan avoided her father’s other daughter. But then someone so lacking in self awareness might not put that together.

    • Elle says:

      if the maxwell trial is in july i can see now why getting harry back to the uk for the statue is important to the rf

      yet another example of why they need harry

      • Gail Hirst says:

        To use him to deflect. He’ll sneeze and be blamed for the next plague.
        Harry is learning his worth. Meghan knows hers. I trust they know how to spend their currency best.
        Deep in my heart, I hope he releases a video but does not go in person.
        I’m a little afraid as to whether or not he’d be allowed to leave.
        Some archaic law that says any prince of the realm must stay in the realm, or something. I don’t know, I just have a horrible mistrust of all things RF & RR (sorry, Mum).

      • L4frimaire says:

        They’ve tried so hard to poison the public against Harry that the only reason they’d want him back is to distract from Andrew and once again use the Sussexes as clickbait, distraction and nasty headlines.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        I might be wrong but I’m hoping Harry has come to understand that he’s only being used in these instances. There’s really no reason for him to attend any in person activity in the UK this year. They are not on good terms and considering all that was done to them, Meghan especially, time is needed to get to any neutral place, family or not.

  6. Alexandria says:

    I’m surprised ITV wants the unaired footage. I thought the British didn’t want to hear from the irrelevant royals? 🤪

    I don’t think the extra footage would do anything about the nasty press / fake journalists. They’re already nasty af, they’re not gonna change. They just want to have more material to write about the ahem irrelevant royals.

    I’m with Lanne. Stop engaging or clicking on Royal Rats’ articles. Celebitchy can cover their lies here. I myself don’t read their portions because they’re lies so I just scroll straight to comments here.

    • Myra says:

      Girl, you know they are lying. They live and breathe Meghan Markle. I’m actually surprised people are still giving them clicks.

    • Yoyo says:

      ITV edited the interview, which piss CBS off, Oprah likes her Drama, and I think she is holding something back to drop when it suits her.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Alexandria I never click on articles in those trashy tabloids, and think it’s great that they’re covered here; Kaiser can click *once* and then we can all still see what’s going on without actively contributing to any of them.

      It’s harder (for me at least) when commenters here mention specific tweets by RRs, especially if they’re particularly mad and start rudely responding to people, lol…I’m so tempted to go look at the trainwreck! But I try hard to remind myself that’s how they get paid and stay away.

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        Tweets don’t show who LOOKS at you, only who “like”, “retweet”, or “quote” it. So you can look, but don’t “touch” 😉

      • Lorelei says:

        @Jan I know, but they can easily see how many views their tweets get by clicking on “engagement,” even if they can’t see which users they came from, and that’s probably just one more metric they’re judged on.

        It’s such a small thing— I’m only one person, so it won’t make a difference —but I feel better if I just stay away completely.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Yes.

    *goes back to read the story*

    Still stands.

  8. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    Depends what’s on it?

    I doubt there’s anything extra shocking, surely that would have been published in the first one? I’d like to see longer “explanations” of certain details, tho, to shut the British Media claiming that Meghan lied. For example they’re still harping on about the 3 days earlier wedding bit, and it’s possible that Meghan actually explained what she meant, but it was cut.

    Or more of them speaking about the future and Archie. Harry completely lightned up when talking about his son.

    • Mila says:

      Hmm I’m not sure? Would H&M get final cut?? If so I would think as with anyone there are some stuff that they said that they decided they didn’t want to put out there, especially with Harry.

  9. ArtHistorian says:

    “The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK”
    - but I thought that the British people wasn’t interested in the interview /s

    Lmao – of course this interview was going to be hit in terms of viewership, despite the very desperate narrative that the RR and the Palace tried to put out. The BRF has been a big soap opera for ages with a few lulls. And the reason they are a soap opera is because they are unable to just treat their members, especially the people who marry in in a decent way. As a family they are utterly fucked up and unable to keep it out of the media – that is what creates interest in them outside of big events like weddings and funerals. They can’t really generate interest outside of that because these are not interesting people, unlike some of their royal peers on the continent. I always like to bring up Margrethe II in this respect because while she is really good at her official job – one of the reasons why she’s loved is because she’s an interesting and funny person who doesn’t mind revealing parts of herself to the public with her artistic projects or her participation in documentaries about royal history, gardens etc.

  10. Stacy Dresden says:

    Hold

  11. Myra says:

    Meghan was such a captivating speaker that at the end of the programme, I found myself wanting more. Maybe I’m just too nosy, but I could have gone for another hour and a half. The two extra clips they released the day after were equally satisfying. One addressed the relationship with the Markle side and the other shut down the ‘i tHouGHt tHey wANted pRIvacy!!!!” People can be so obtuse.

    • Mila says:

      Me too, my mum and I was so upset when there were only 15 minutes left! The whole thing felt like a second!

    • bibi says:

      Me too! it was 2 hours! I fall asleep 15 minutes into a movie – sometimes even during the opening intro to a movie, but 2 hours of that interview wasnt enough for me.

    • Corrie says:

      Meghan is the extraordinary individual that (I believe) no one can get sick of or enough of. Nearly all people, including celebrities are best in smaller doses, but I could watch Meghan take Kelly Ripa’s place, host the news, do a reality show (I wish-talk about watching something cathartic mixed with a fairy tale) then another interview, preferably where she is the subject, and I can see her playing just about any role and nailing it. I wonder if she could pull of what Rosamund Pike does and sell it. I know she would find a way. She is just MESMERIZING, articulate, kind, the type who makes you feel warm and engaged, like she’s hugging you through the screen. The Brits are obsessed with not owning and controlling her, and as a white woman who has always been grateful for my looks, I would kill to look like her any day and over any model or actress. And I think the Brits are jealous as hell of her exotic skin and scene-stealing beauty and won’t ever get over it. Add her brains in there, and anyone denying she is the full package is lying to themselves. She has sex appeal in spades but more importantly, she is a lovely, genuine, authentic and profoundly talented individual.

      Eat your hearts out Brits, because she will only get more beautiful and alluring. I hope her daughter is her mini-me, can’t wait to see if my hunch is right. Harry had his angels looking out for him. I am a straight female and am so happy to see soulmates find each other. Incredibly rare, and I especially am giddy that the best people get to live a life of luxury and stability. They aren’t moderately or obscenely wealthy a-holes, they are going to succeed because the world wants them to succeed, because people like if not love them (ignore the Brits while they spin out over her).

      I wish she would act more. Her face is the only one I can think of that I could stare at and just think “wow that face”. At the same time she engages me with her conversation.

      What a breath of fresh air-she is a miracle for the BRF and the rest of the world and the only one who could leave a legacy like Diana. Yeah, Kate. You failed there miserably. But just be yourself. Not everyone can be all things, but your sister in law was there the day God felt like giving with both hands and then an extra sprinkle of stardust.

      Please act more, Meghan! Thank you for sharing your life and struggles with us. If you go through it, you make us think we’re not weird or outcasts or alone. *Curtsy*

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        This is such a nice thing to say about Meghan. I really enjoy listening to her also and wish we got to hear more from her. I don’t know how much of her speaking engagements we will ever get to see, but I look forward to whatever will be available. Love the sound and texture of her voice. She’s of course very beautiful, not the ordinary cookie cutter kind and seems comfortable with the way she look without trying to alter herself. Like, I saw a picture of a popular personality a few weeks ago taken before she became super popular and I can’t believe all the alteration and how much better she looked before. I hope Meghan never goes there because she won the genetic lottery, no reason to mess with that.

  12. Becks1 says:

    I want to see the whole interview, but I get the argument that it would be seen as dragging it out. I do wonder what else was said.

    I do wish they had included the privacy segment during the main interview, I thought that was something important for Meghan to clarify, but I dont know what other segment I would have cut to include that.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      This was Harpo/Oprah’s clear error. They should have included this segment instead of the chicken, reciting vows before big wedding section. The chicken section could have gone to Gayle, but the privacy section was critical to the ongoing conversations being discussed about Meghan and Harry. I think Oprah was trying to give her friend, Gayle something juicy for her morning show, but in doing so did a disservice to the actual interview and H/M because more people will see the actual interview than will see the sections shown on Gayle’s morning show. Just my opinion.

  13. Jay says:

    I hope Oprah keeps just doling out clips as she pleases to CBS, even if it is just more footage of Archie and the chickens.

    If the British channels want to air the full interview again, they should, people will watch. I also heard that ITV cut out the part that showed some of the nasty headlines about Meghan, so maybe they should advertise it as “uncut and uncensored”🙂.

    Also maybe we’ll have more projects from the Sussexes themselves soon? Who knows.

  14. Seraphina says:

    I can see clips being used to back what has been said. Clips that are damaging far more than the BRF and Firm would care to think. I also think, that when one has Oprah and Meghan playing chess on the same team, that is game you don’t wan to be on the opposite side of the table. The BRF will underestimate them and that’s when I will pop my popcorn.

  15. Amy Bee says:

    If Oprah does decide to air the rest of the interview, I hope she doesn’t sell it to ITV because they edited out some headlines from the Daily Mail because the paper didn’t like that people were calling them racist.

  16. Yoyo says:

    I think in the end, Meghan and Harry should be happy that that their half in half out plan was rejected.
    On their own they have freedom, to be their own bosses, run their business/foundation how they want, no leaks from underpayed courtiers.
    No one telling Meghan to be 50% less, to Harry he can’t make more appearances than his lazy arse brother and wife.
    The sky is the limit, and these two are hard workers, and their are raising their child/ren.
    Don’t know how Harry can handle his freedom, after leaving the cult.

    • JT says:

      I think some part of them knew that the RF would reject it. I mean, everyone here knew they would. But maybe Harry was building out hope that the family would see reason and take advantage of the major opportunity H&M gave them. The Sussexes would have been totaling for free and all of their good work would have been seen as credit for the RF. But they are stupid so it is what it is I guess.

    • Mila says:

      Actually I’m happy for them I’m sure they have a great financial manager who has looked at their accounts and done investments for them so that they can make it till the end. The court is an horrible medlars would’ve tried to stop this and got in the way of all their plans I am so, I’m sure they are still at a loss with how somethings went but it’s much better this way

    • Corrie says:

      Yes. No one needs to be telling Meghan to tone it down or “be less”. Sorry, I’ll bear the news, she isn’t trying to be anything but polite, respectful and herself. She is crazy magnetic and how dare anyone ask her to “be less”. I say TURN IT UP! After she has her little baby girl I bet she takes that freedom and runs with it. The people and British papers (I looked once- was SHOCKED that my high school bullies were alive and well and populating the UK with all eyes green with envy and locked on Meghan-claiming to hate her?) My dears, you are obsessed.

      We love her, you stalk her in your sleep and waking hours. Harry is not leaving her side, she’s not the type you want to leave and I’m not even in love with her or a friend. If I were her friend I would only allot myself twenty or thirty minute visits because I, a person who never gets starstruck, would become a stage five clinger and those people are the worst. I have big hearts in my eyes for her, even more than for Diana and Meg has only just begun. I want surprises! Just her and her personality and business moves. She and Harry are copper-bottom, no one is leaving the best thing to ever happen to them. She’s our American Princess now! We win!

  17. Lauren says:

    And they want to pit the fabulous 7 against Harry and Meghan? When the fab 7 can’t even get 1 million people to watch them do stuff on television? Delusional much.

    • Mila says:

      Apparently the fab 7 only got around 80k views! That with the whole media train behind them! I’m SCREAMINGG! 🤣🤣

      • lanne says:

        800,000. But that’s still pretty scrawny compared to 14 million

      • Lady D says:

        That 14 million was households, not viewers, which means even more people saw it. The poster that mentioned this originally noted that that was 14 million of approximately 28 million homes that had the show on. I’m sorry, I can’t remember the name of the poster here who mentioned it.

  18. Harper says:

    I want it all. I can’t help thinking there is an offhand comment or two in there, like how Meghan said “Kate was going through some things” while describing the crying incident, that would confirm some of our suspicions or fill in the blanks. Hopefully, the extended dance version of the interview hits the airwaves at some time.

  19. Beach Dreams says:

    Nope, the time to release it was within the week after the interview. Perhaps the rest could eventually be released as an end-of-year special, but I think Oprah should hold onto the footage for now. Harry and Meghan made it clear they wanted to get the interview done and move on. They’re busy with Archewell, new gigs, and preparing for baby girl Sussex, so let them have some peace while the British media continues to howl an ocean away. It’s clear the RRs are desperate for a profit, especially with their antics of the past few days.

  20. Amelie says:

    Not sure it would be smart to air more footage from the interview. There has already been a lot of damage, airing more would be like pouring salt on the wound or twisting the knife in deeper. Not saying the BRF don’t deserve it but it would seem like “Why now?” and Meghan would be accused of being attention-seeking and a drama queen. And they would start up again with the “Poor Prince Philip/Meghan is a bully” storyline.

    I think it would be smart to release footage if the British media/Prince William start leaking more nonsense stories targeting Meghan and Harry depending on what it is. If it’s something that is addressed by Meghan or Harry in a clip, Oprah could release that clip and say “Oh yeah we talked about that, here you go.”

  21. Shannon says:

    NO! The unknown is just what is needed to keep these people on their toes. They seem to respond to nothing else but brute force and fear.

  22. Shannon says:

    NO! The unknown is just what is needed to keep these people on their toes. They seem to respond to nothing else but brute force and fear.

  23. tcbc says:

    Oprah will do whatever she determines is best for her company, and what’s she thinks is in the public’s interest to know. I trust her determination on both counts.

    And I think it’s important to remember that while she (and Gayle) seem to be sympathetic to Harry and Meghan’s point of view, Oprah (and Gayle) do not actually work for the Sussexes. They are not Harry and Meghan’s PR, and it is insulting to treat them as such. They are both accomplished, intelligent, successful black women who have reached their positions through hard work and merit. They are nobody’s lackeys.

    • Jaded says:

      What makes you think they’re trying to be their PR or that they work for the Sussexes?? Oprah has formed a friendship with the Sussexes and has sympathy for what they went through. She understands the truth must be told. Gayle, via Oprah, has likewise formed a trusting relationship with them and neither of them are anyone’s “lackey”. I find your point of view a little distorted.

    • Shannon says:

      There’s a story about Ms. Winfrey you probably don’t know. When her show blew up and she became so influential, she still kept 50 million dollars (cash) under her mattress because she was terrified that racism, life, an A-holes would somehow take all she had accomplished away with a snap of their fingers. The 50 million was a just in case that happened. She says it took her YEARS to overcome that fear. So, I know this woman is no one’s lackey. I think she is just a bit more understanding of some of things Meghan has faced.

    • Yoyo says:

      Meghan and Harry have their own PR, Oprah or Gayle as someone’s lackey, how telling.
      They are both black women who knows how black women/people are treated.
      Oprah is a Billionaire and yet, was racial profile in a store just a few years ago.
      They’re are not sympathetic to black woman getting racially abused, they’re leveling the landscape.

  24. Well Wisher says:

    The origins of this latest demand is from the daily mirror in the UK whom shares the same owner as itv news that actually aired the interview and Good Morning Britain of which Piss Morgan was a part of until recently. So there is no need for further discussion. They had a bonanza in terms of the audience and most likely increased ad revenue. A big motivation on their part with no regards to the individuals involved.

    This interview was primarily done to explain why the Sussexes chose to leave their senior positions and eventually the UK. It has accomplished it and most importantly, erased the callous dehumanisation of the Duchess of Sussex .
    She is a human with all the messiness that entails for all of us humans and no longer the target of briefs, bad memes, name calling and finger pointing.
    The final point is that Oprah owns the rest of the footage, it will be up to her if it is released. It is not that she needs the money.