Oprah Winfrey denies claims she advised Meghan and Harry about “breaking free”

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Oprah Winfrey has denied claims that she advised friends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about “breaking free” from the royal family.

The TV legend is a friend of the Duchess and her mother, Doria Ragland, and went to her wedding with Harry two years ago.

She has been amongst the high profile public defenders of the royal and spoken in the past about how she feels she has been “portrayed unfairly”.

She also collaborated with Harry on a mental health series which is set to air on Apple TV later this year.

It was claimed she provided advice to the couple about their decision to quit their position as senior royals.

A source told Page Six : “Oprah was the first person to talk to Harry and Meghan about breaking free and doing their own thing, building on their own brand. She made them realise it was really possible.”

Oprah said the royal couple don’t need her help
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However, the TV host has since come out to deny the reports, telling the People , they “don’t need my help”.

She told the website: “Meghan and Harry do not need my help figuring out what’s best for them.

“I care about them both and support whatever decisions they make for their family.”

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Page Six also claimed that Meghan’s good friend Gayle King, who works for CBS This Morning, is in line to secure the first interview with the pair after the show.

“It’s hush-hush, but there’s no one else they would turn to,” a TV source added.

King is one of the Duchess’ best pals and attended her baby shower in New York last year.

Oprah is friends with both Meghan and Harry
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Sections of the British press were said to be furious last year when CBS was included in a limited photocall and video of the moment Archie was introduced to the media at Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace was forced to deny that the event had been timed for US TV.

A spokesperson said, at the time: “The birth of The Duke and Duchess’ son was publicly announced on Monday, and The Duke was pleased to speak to the media on the same day.

“Their Royal Highnesses were delighted to introduce their new son to the world on Wednesday; scheduled around introducing him to his great-grandparents for the first time.”

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