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Prince Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah most watched show

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview is most watched show of 2021 (Picture: ITV)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has pulled in blistering viewing figures for ITV following a ‘frenzied’ bidding war with rival broadcasters. More than 11.3 million people tuned in to watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lay it all out on the table with the TV queen. The figures make the two-hour special the most-watched programme of 2021 in the UK, overtaking the finale of The Masked Singer which drew in an audience of 8.6 million in February. During the candid chat, Meghan and Harry made accusations of racism within the Royal Family, and claimed to have been ignored when coming forward with mental health struggles. Meghan revealed while she was pregnant with baby Archie, she wanted to commit suicide. She also told a stunned Oprah, an unnamed member of the family came to Prince Harry with concerns over the colour of Archie’s skin. Meghan: There were concerned conversations about how dark Archie’s skin would be Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time0:00 / Duration Time0:53 Fullscreen ‘In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversations of him not being given security or a title, and also concerns about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,’ she said. When Oprah pushed for a name of the person in question, the former Suits star replied: ‘‘I think that would be damaging to them.’ Reaction to the programme has been colossal, though the Royal Family is yet to make any formal statement at the time of writing. Meghan has received huge praise for openly speaking up about her mental health problems, while Piers Morgan has come under fire for questioning the 39-year-old’s suicidal thoughts. ITV has since confirmed it is holding talks with the Good Morning Britain presenter, while mental health charity Mind also announced it is in ‘conversation’ with the broadcaster over the presenter’s conduct. – metro.co.uk