In response to Meghan Markle’s assertion that the engagement interview she and Prince Harry had was a “orchestrated reality show,” the BBC journalist who conducted it has responded.
When Mishal Husain asked the questions in 2017, just before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement, she added that “recollections may vary” about the interview.
Markle claimed that the exchange was staged in her shocking Netflix documentary.
“It was, you know, rehearsed,” she said. “So we did the thing out with the press and then we went right inside, took the coat off, sat down and did the interview. So it was all in that same moment.”
She further stated that the couple had been informed of what to anticipate during the interview while speaking in the third episode of Harry & Meghan.
“Yeah, but also like, ‘Then there’ll be a moment where they’ll want to see the ring, so show the ring’… We weren’t allowed to tell our story because they didn’t want [it],” she said.
Harry added: “We’ve never been allowed to tell our story.”
It was unclear if she meant the royal family or the people in charge of organizing the interview, which was broadcast on broadcasters all over the world.
When Markle’s accusation was brought up, Husain was hosting the Today program on BBC Radio 4. She could be heard giggling, and her co-presenter Justin Webb made a joke about her being the “orchestrator”.
“We know recollections may vary on this particular subject, but my recollection is definitely very much: asked to do an interview and do said interview,” Husain said.
Webb replied: “You’ve told your truth.”
Husain’s remarks might have been a reference to one made by Buckingham Palace following the Sussex family’s Oprah Winfrey interview from the previous year, in which they accused the host of being racist.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the palace said. “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”