Oprah Winfrey has denied planning a tell-all interview with Harry and Meghan after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the UK for Canada.
Nicole Nichols, chief spokesperson for the Oprah Winfrey Network, said the pair are ‘not in discussion for an interview’ on Monday.
It comes after palace aides revealed fears that the royal couple – who are close to Oprah and invited her as a guest to their wedding – could ‘sound off’ over allegations of racism and sexism within the British establishment on US TV.
There were suggestions that the Sussexes could use the threat of an interview as leverage to get their way in crunch talks with the Queen at Sandringham.
Oprah Winfrey’s team have denied that she is in talks with Harry and Meghan for a tell-all interview after the pair leave the UK for Canada
There are fears among palace aides that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could ‘sound off’ over allegations of racism and sexism on US TV networks
After hours of talks, the Queen released a statement Monday evening saying there would be a ‘period of transition’ as Harry and Meghan carve out a new life for themselves between the UK and Canada.
‘Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life,’ she wrote.
Oprah’s denials were first printed by Buzzfeed News.
Aside from Oprah, Meghan’s team were said to have reached out to television networks ABC, NBC and CBS – where another friend, Gayle King, works.
A royal source said: ‘Harry and Meghan’s people have been reaching out to all the big US networks to explore the possibilities of a sit-down warts-and-all interview.
‘Meghan feels she’s been silenced and is no longer prepared to be muted. She and Harry feel the royals have been racist and sexist.’
Another source told the Telegraph that the palace feared a potential interview.
They said: ‘Just look at what happened with the Duke of York on Newsnight.’
The Queen gave her blessing for the pair to carve out a new ‘independent’ life following hours of talks at Sandringham on Monday
Members of the Royal Family gathered at Sandringham estate in Norfolk where ‘calm’ negotiations were held on Harry and Meghan’s future
The Queen’s statement in full Monday evening after a day of showdown talks to decide the futures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
After a family meeting at Sandringham, Her Majesty released a historic and emotionally-charged statement regretting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to split their time between Canada and the UK as they wind down their Royal duties.
According to friends, Harry arrived ahead of schedule to square things with his grandmother, who came into the crunch talks deeply disappointed with him and Meghan for wanting to step back from their official duties.
In last night’s statement, her sincere regret was made clear, saying she ‘would have preferred them to remain full-time working members’.
But after her one-to-one with Harry – followed by two hours of ‘calm’ discussions with him, Charles and William – Her Majesty agreed to a ‘transition period’ where the Duke and Duchess would step away from Royal engagements as they spend more time in Canada.
Meghan was barred from dialling in on the meeting from Vancouver. Palace officials said such an idea was rejected because no one knew for sure who else might have been listening in. An insider said: ‘This was a highly confidential family discussion, not a conference call.’
Journalist and close confidante of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Tom Bradby has warned that if the Royal couple are left feeling hard done by, they may give a ‘no-holds barred’ interview which would could further damage the monarchy
After the meeting concluded, Princes Charles, William and Harry left in three separate cars.
The Queen has said that hammering out a viable blueprint for Harry and Meghan’s financially independent future was proving ‘complex’ and indicated more details need to be ironed out in the coming days.
And sources revealed that Prince Charles also views the matter far from concluded as he knows Harry will rely on his Duchy of Cornwall to meet family bills.
He has already lavished a small fortune on his younger son, from his wedding to the fitting out Frogmore cottage – the Windsor house he is now largely going to vacate when he uproots to North America.
A friend says: ‘He doesn’t have unlimited resources. Harry needs to know that.’
The Queen has ordered staff to find a solution ‘within days’ to the remaining sticking points, including the couple’s future funding, which is expected to impose rigid rules on their commercial activities.
One figure said: ‘There will be strict instructions on branding, for example. No one wants to see the Sussexes’ name on a tub of margarine.’
Prince Harry (pictured leaving yesterday), Prince William and Prince Charles left Sandringham in separate cars after more than two hours of crunch talks with the Queen
The Duke of Sussex faced the Queen, his brother and his father (pictured leaving last night) for the first time since quitting as a senior royal with Meghan ‘dialling in’ to support her husband from Canada
Prince William pictured leaving Sandringham after yesterday’s crunch talks with Harry, Prince Charles and the Queen
This was a deliberate nod to what happened in the aftermath of Diana’s death when her memorial fund began endorsing cash-raising schemes that appalled the public.
Yesterday’s unprecedented Royal parley culminated with a 5pm statement from the Palace, in which the Queen gave Harry and Meghan the green light to press ahead with plans to become ‘financially independent’.
The monarch said: ‘Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
‘My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
‘Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
‘Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
‘It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
‘These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.’
The Queen, who is desperate to chart a way out of the crisis raging through the Family ranks, has ordered courtiers to double down efforts to develops blueprint for the Sussexes future, to be completed within days.
Since making their bombshell announcement on Wednesday to quit, Harry and Meghan have grabbed headlines all across the world, with reporters camped outside Sandringham yesterday