Oprah Was "Surprised" That Meghan & Harry Discussed Racism During Their Tell-All Interview

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When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down for their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the world was shocked at what they learned. Meghan was open about her mental health struggles and also said that the royal family was racist toward her and Archie. Even Oprah wasn't expecting such a bombshell interview to occur.

"I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact that it has had and continues to have," Oprah told Nancy O'Dell regarding the interview while promoting her book What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. "I did a lot of preparation for that. It was really important to me that what we put out there in the world was put out into the world at the time that everybody could see it and that things didn't leak and things weren't misconstrued before the actual interview happened."

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She continued, "I remember when we finished doing the interview, and that interview was 3 hours and 20 minutes I think, I stood up and said to the crew, 'We all know what was said here and how important it is to have a trust to the people who just shared that so I'm hoping you all will not go out into the world and share what has happened here.' And nobody did. So as we were releasing clips to CBS, we were releasing them in such a way that whatever was being put out there could not be exploited. So a lot of time and effort and energy went into it on my part."

Nancy asked her if she was "surprised" about how "forthcoming" Meghan and Harry were when speaking about their experience with the royal family. Oprah admitted that she was "surprised," adding, "What? You're going there? You're going all the way there."

She continued, "The reason why it was such a powerful interview … What makes it powerful is when you have somebody else who is willing to be as open as vulnerable, as truthful as they were. The reason the interview was what it was because they answered the way they did."

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