Prince Harry Was Plotting with Oprah before Quitting Royal Life
Duke of Sussex set up lucrative TV career while still on taxpayers' dime
Britain's Prince Harry was plotting his future TV career with Oprah Winfrey while he and his wife, Meghan Markle were still taxpayer-funded working royals, according to reports.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, scored a lucrative deal with Apple TV, but he started collaborating with Oprah before quitting royal life.
Oprah revealed on Thursday that she had been working with Harry on a documentary series since 2019 - shortly after his lavish state-funded wedding to Meghan and before the pair dramatically quit their royal duties and fled the UK.
On Thursday, Winfrey appeared virtually alongside Harry at the start of the sixth episode of the streaming series The Me You Can’t See.
During a brief introduction, Winfrey told the audience that she and her "fellow executive producer" have been working with the prince on the docu series since 2019.
"It’s a project that we were inspired to produce after we first met, really, and talked about some of the most pressing issues of our time," Winfrey said at the start of Thursday’s episode.
"So we spent two years making this series...together," Winfrey said on Thursday.
"Yes, I remember that chat very, very well all that time ago," Harry said on Thursday of his conversation with Winfrey in which the two say they spoke about tackling pressing issues like mental health and climate change.
Oprah attended Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018 which raised eyebrows because many observed they had no idea she even knew the couple.
Then in February this year, it was claimed Oprah had only met Meghan once face-to-face before being invited and given a plum seat next to senior royals.
Their sit-down at Kensington Palace months before the 2018 ceremony was reportedly initiated by CBS anchor Gayle King, a mutual friend, who set up an initial phone call between the pair.
But that one-off meeting set the wheels in motion for Oprah to become an unofficial mentor to Meghan and working with Harry on the documentary series.
Then in March, they were interviewed by her for their bombshell interview called "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special."
Oprah has publicly cultivated a relationship with the couple, and also promoted the Duchess's range of vegan coffee to her 19.2million Instagram followers.
She is known to have visited her mother Doria for "kumquats and yoga in the garden" and teamed up with Harry to secure the Apple TV deal.
The Sussexes also now live cheek by jowl with her and other high-profile stars in the celebrity-filled Montecito, California.
Harry and his wife started dating in the summer of 2016.
Two years later, they wed, and the next year, they gave birth to their son.
In January 2020, the couple stunned Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family by announcing their intent to step back from senior roles, become financially independent, and spending more time in North America.
After 10 days of talks between senior family members, it was agreed the couple will no longer be working royals and will give up their "Royal Highness" titles.
In March 2020, Harry and Meghan carried out their last official engagement at the annual Commonwealth Day service in London.
They moved to California in what papers dub "Megxit."