Meghan’s claim she was stopped from plotting Oprah interview ‘blasted by aide’

Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey was planned three years ago and weeks before she wed Prince Harry, the Duchess said.

But a reported royal aide has denied she was "stopped from doing anything".

The two-hour special with the US chat show queen, which also features Prince Harry, is expected to reveal a shocking and intimate account of the couple's lives as working royals, Princess Diana and their decision to quit the monarchy.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said she had received a call from Oprah in 2018.

However, after being asked about a possible interview she said she wasn't allowed to have a conversation about it before she married the duke at Windsor Castle.

In a new one-minute teaser trailer for the two-hour show, which premiers in the US tomorrow, Winfrey reveals how she first approached Markle in "either February or March 2018" – several months before the wedding in May.

Winfrey added that Meghan's replied by apologising and saying "it's not the right time".

Before being joined by her husband, the duchess, 39, added: "Well, 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 camp sitting there."

Buckingham Palace has not commented. But according to the Sun, aides deny she had been blocked.

A senior source told the paper: “The Duchess was not stopped from doing anything.

“But it is not exactly a surprise there would be misgivings about a new senior member of the Royal Family holding a celebrity interview on US television just weeks before a wedding.”

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Oprah, 67, was also a surprise guest at the couple's £30million wedding.

Meghan also revealed she was "silenced" while working as a royal and how palace aides were monitoring her initial call with Winfrey.

“You turned me down nicely and said perhaps there will be another time, when there’s the right time. What is right about this time?” Oprah said.

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Meghan replied: "Well, so many things. 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’s umm . . . 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'."

She added: "I'm ready to talk. To be able to just make a choice on your own. And just be able to speak for yourself."

Meghan describes how leaving the Royal Family had been "liberating".

Experts have claimed Meghan was "staggeringly naive" to have considered an interview ahead of her wedding.

"It beggars belief that she would enter the Royal Family having absolutely no idea at all as to what this appeared to entail," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun.

"I really can't believe she was so staggeringly naive to believe it would be possible to do an interview with Oprah as though she were a big Hollywood star. You wonder what she thought the Royal Family was.

"She wants the audience to think she was in a cage. But there are certain things you can and certain things you can’t do as a royal."

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