The Courier-Mail

When Harry and Meghan sit down for their tell-all, they won’t be the first…



In November 2019, a beleaguere­d Prince Andrew decided to put to bed all the allegation­s about him and Jeffrey Epstein. He explained to Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis he couldn’t sweat, but the audience certainly did. While Andrew believed his chat had gone “pretty well,” he has not returned to public duty since.


When Princess Diana spoke with Martin Bashir in November 1995, she held nothing back — famously saying there were “three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” and explaining she wanted to be a “queen of people’s hearts.” This explosive tell-all ended her marriage for good — nine months later she and Charles were divorced. But 25 years on, controvers­y continues around just how Bashir secured the interview in the first place.


A year before Diana, Charles appeared in a TV special with Jonathan Dimbleby, called Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role. In it, the Prince of Wales confessed he wasn’t very good at being “a performing monkey” and said he had tried to be faithful to Diana, “until it became irretrieva­bly broken down”. This was the first time he admitted adultery and it stunned the world.


Oprah has been here before — preMeghan, she had another duchess on the sofa over the years, as Sarah Ferguson told all to the talk-show queen, between 1996 and 2011. “It’s not a fairytale, it’s real life in there,” she said. She even filmed a series on Oprah’s network called Finding Sarah. Fergie spent many years building a brand in the US, until. Interestin­gly, she moved back into the family home and was eventually embraced by the Royal Family again.

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