Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview bidding war ‘being won by ITV’

Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has sparked a bidding war among UK broadcasters with ITV emerging as the ‘frontrunner’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are thought to have spoken candidly about their lives in and out of the royal family after announcing last week that they had officially quit being a royal.

The 90-minute interview will air on CBS in the United States on March 7 and now bidding war has been sparked for the rights to air it in the UK.

Variety has claimed that Sky have ruled themselves out of the running and the BBC is thought to not be involved, as they are airing a special with the Queen, just hours before the explosive interview is broadcast in the US.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have opened up to Oprah

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, who is selling the interview to overseas broadcasters, are keen that it goes to a free-to-air channel, which has left ITV in the box seat to bag the chat.

The preference of a free-to-air channel has meant that Amazon Prime has been ruled out and Netflix, who have signed a £112million deal with Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are also sidelined by the preference.

The Duke and Duchess have reportedly indicated which channel they would like the interview to go to and Meghan has previously opened up to Tom Bradby on ITV in an emotional chat.

In the Oprah special, Meghan reportedly claims that she wasn’t asked by many people about her wellbeing since joining the Royals, with the interview being filmed during the couple’s trip to South Africa.

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Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has had a much anticipated chat with Meghan and Harry

It has been claimed that the chat will “shine a light” on the tensions with the royal family with Meghan revealing how it was “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work”.

It is expected that she will also discuss “how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.

Meghan and Harry are expecting their second baby after moving to the US.

A royal source has told The Sun that there could be turmoil ahead for the royal family as Oprah is good at getting out the juicy details.

They said: “Oprah is skilled at getting people to talk about their feelings and bound to take them down a path they’ll almost certainly regret.”

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