Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on Sunday, March 7. And as the teasers suggested, the couple didn’t hold anything back. Winfrey was, obviously, correct: No topic was off-limits.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talked about everything—why they decided to step back from their duties as senior members of the royal family, their relationship with the Queen, the infamously brutal British tabloids, and much more. In the first few minutes, we learned the couple were not prepped ahead of time—Oprah’s questions will be the first time they hear them—and also they will not be getting paid for the interview. Markle also said she and Harry will reveal the gender of their second baby to Oprah during the sit-down.
Before a word was uttered, Markle’s beauty look alone could have predicted the tone of the interview. She opted for a dark eyeliner that was reminiscent of what Princess Diana wore for her now-iconic interview with BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995. “Makeup is often an opportunity to reflect on the outside the way we feel inside,” founder of Beaumont Etiquette and royals expert Myka Meier told Glamour. “Also considered a groundbreaking interview, I’m not surprised to see Meghan’s choice of makeup to be bold and empowered, similar to Princess Diana’s during her Martin interview.”
The Duchess of Sussex also wore one of Princess Diana’s bracelets during the chat with Winfrey—another tie-in to the late royal who faced similar scrutiny from the British press. Prince Harry addressed the parallels between his wife and mother to Winfrey as well, saying at one point, “My biggest concern was history repeating itself.”
That barely scratches the surface of what was covered during the two-hour interview. Below, a complete breakdown of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
On the royal wedding:
“It was like having an out-of-body experience that I was very present for. The night before, I slept through the night entirely, which in and of itself is a little bit of a miracle.”“I just tried to make it fun and light and remind ourselves this was our day, but I think we were both aware even in advance of that this wasn’t ‘ou’ day. This was a day that was planned for the world.”
On what Markle knew about the royal family going in:
“I will say I went into [this marriage] naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family… My mom even said to me a couple months ago, “Did Diana ever do an interview?” Adding that “of course” she was aware of the royals, Markle said she didn’t do any research before her marriage. “I’ve never looked up my husband online,” she said. “Everything we thought I needed to know, he was telling me.” She also told Winfrey that she didn’t “fully understand” what it meant to be a working royal before her marriage.