Royal family rift widens for Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan

In an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Duchess Meghan claimed that palace aides intervened when Winfrey asked for an interview months before the 2018 wedding.
2:13 | 03/06/21

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Ian, thank you. Next tonight, prince Harry and duchess Meghan and the new headline as they break their silence. Why she turned down Oprah when she first asked for an interview. Here's James Longman. Reporter: Once celebrated as the future of Britain's monarchy, tonight prince Harry and duchess Meghan further widening the rift between the two families. In an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claims palace aides intervened when Winfrey asked her for an interview months before the 2018 wedding. 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? Well, so many things. 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. Reporter: Joining the royal family means not sharing opinions, but Meghan found that too restricting. Reporter: This new clip comes just as Buckingham palace took an unprecedented step, opening an investigation into bullying claims against the duchess. It was definitely an intensely difficult working environment. People were in tears on a regular basis. Reporter: While Harry and Meghan won't be involved in the investigation, senior aides are expected to be questioned. Meghan's office has called the report a "Smear campaign." Critics also asking if the palace is going to investigate the duchess, why not also look into prince Andrew who faces even more serious allegations around his friendship with Jeffrey help Epstein? The prince denied any wrong doing. In another clip, prince Harry acknowledging the challenges of leaving royal life. It's been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other. James, they were aware this interview was coming for weeks and then this week, the palace investigation into Meghan. Is the press in the uk asking about the timing of all this? Reporter: Yeah, David, it does feel like this investigation is in reaction to the Oprah interview, but a lot of people are also asking why this couple a speaking out now, especially with prince Philip in the hospital. Questions on both sides. James Longman tonight. James, thank you.

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