The duo are known on YouTube for their social experiments and chose the upcoming Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as the subject of their next prank. Josh Pieters and Archie Manners enlisted four royal experts to discuss the comments the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made during their chat with the talk show host. But the interview, which premiered in the US on CBS on Sunday and will air on ITV on Monday, had yet to be broadcast when the commentators were asked to review it.
The scheduling conflict did not however prevent the four from offering their views on the performance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex despite the interview having yet to be broadcast.
Dickie Arbiter, who once served as Press Secretary to the Queen, told the duo: “The interview told us that Harry and Meghan both greatly admire the Queen, but not the institution.”
Another commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, suggested Ms Winfrey “gave them an easy ride”.
He added: “She was totally sympathetic, and there was a great deal in it that the palace will find deeply concerning”.
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Mr Arbiter said the invitation to comment on the interview “alleged to be a legitimate invitation for a fast turnaround, pre-recorded interview commissioned by a UK network, to be aired on Monday 8 March 2021,” after the interview was scheduled to be broadcast on CBS.
The royal commentator added: “This was deliberately misleading and a ‘scam’. I commented only on clips already in global circulation, but my interview was edited so as to imply I was speculating on the full-programme interview. I was not speculating. I do not speculate.”
“The interview told us that Harry and Meghan both greatly admire the Queen, but not the institution.”
Mr Fitzwilliams insisted his comments had been “taken out of context” and that he “obviously didn’t know it was a sting”.
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