CBS said on Monday that 17.1 million Americans watched a surprise television interview Oprah Winfrey had with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
CBS said the two-hour interview on Sunday, in which Harry and Meghan accused the royal family of racism and failing to protect them from negative media coverage, drew the largest audience for any private entertainment since the February 2020 Oscars broadcast, which they watched. 23.6 million viewers.
And CBS said this was also the most-watched non-Super Bowl event on prime time Sunday in over a year. The Super Bowl in the National Football League regularly attracts an audience of around 100 million and is the highest-rated television event in the United States.
Sunday’s interview was the couple’s first since their withdrawal from the British royal family a year ago. Megan talked about how she felt suicidal while Harry said his father, Prince Charles, had let him down.
The interview will be broadcast in Britain on Monday evening. Buckingham Palace has not yet commented on their statements.
Dominated the conversation on social media, morning TV shows and front pages of newspapers on Mondays in the UK and abroad.
The hashtag #HarryandMeghanonOprah was among the five most trending items worldwide on Twitter during and after the broadcast, while #Abolishthemonarchy was buzzing as well, with 11,200 tweets.
The couple’s interview not only dealt with tensions with the royal family, but also included Harry’s disgust at the behavior of the British press, especially the tabloids.
Meghan and Harry’s discoveries have come to the fore on every British newspaper website, except for the Financial Times, where fewer bills have been paid to the governor of the Bank of England.
By lunchtime in London, Mail Online had 24 stories on the couple on their website. The Mail on Sunday, its co-print, has published an 11-page private newspaper in anticipation of the broadcast. He recently lost a privacy lawsuit with Megan.
The Daily Express contains over 30 different online stories.
Most of the coverage has centered on the dramatic moment when Megan said her son Archie, who will turn 2 years old in May, has been deprived of the title of Prince because there are concerns within the royal family “about how dark his skin was at birth.”