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On Wednesday, a new preview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey dropped and the Duchess of Sussex accuses the royal family of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about them. The ‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’ airs on Sunday, March 7, and according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the timing couldn’t be worse as Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, remains in the hospital.
MEGHAN MARKLE: I don't know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Meghan Markle is speaking her truth, as a source tells "ET" that Prince Philip's health condition is more serious than they originally knew.
KATIE NICHOLL: Well, at the moment, we heard-- from the Duchess of Cornwall-- that Prince Philip is slowly responding to treatment. He's clearly very unwell.
HALLIE STEPHENS: On Wednesday, a new preview for "Oprah with Meghan and Harry-- a CBS Primetime Special" was released, which shows Oprah Winfrey asking the Duchess of Sussex how she feels about having the palace hear what she and Prince Harry have to say.
MEGHAN MARKLE: I don't know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us. And if that comes with risk of losing things-- I mean, there's a lot that's been lost already.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Meghan and Harry will sit down with the TV legend on Sunday, March 7th, for an intimate, wide-ranging convo-- including their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family, moving to the US, their marriage, parenthood, philanthropic endeavors, and how they are handling life under intense public pressure.
KATIE NICHOLL: For the royal family, this interview is coming at such a difficult time.
HALLIE STEPHENS: This marks the couple's first televised interview since their engagement in 2017. And royal expert Katie Nicholl told "ET" on Wednesday that the sit-down is causing some concern among the royal family.
KATIE NICHOLL: Clearly, this interview has set alarm bells ringing at the palace. I think there are a lot of coaches who are very nervous about the interview, and apprehensive about exactly what the couple are going to say.
HALLIE STEPHENS: And she said the timing couldn't be worse.
KATIE NICHOLL: This interview comes at a very difficult time for the royal family. They are much more concerned with the more serious matter, which is the health of the Duke of Edinburgh, who is seriously ill in hospital. And there are calls, by some royal commentators and experts, who believe that this interview should be rescheduled and aired at a less sensitive time for the royal family.
HALLIE STEPHENS: On Wednesday, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, gave a health update on her father-in-law, Prince Philip-- revealing that he is, quote, "slightly improved" in the hospital, where he continues treatment for an infection and is undergoing tests related to a preexisting heart condition. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband was first hospitalized on February 16th, at the advice of his doctors. At the time, Buckingham Palace called the hospitalization a, quote, "precautionary measure" for "observation and rest." But on Thursday, a source told "ET" that Prince Philip underwent a successful heart procedure-- adding that Prince Harry has been in touch with his family since his grandfather became ill, and has been advised to the grave nature of his condition.
"ET's" source says some members of the family have encouraged Prince Harry to come home, though another source says the 36-year-old royal was not asked to return to see his granddad. Of course, this all comes after a new article, published by "The Times," that claims Meghan bullied her royal aides at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II, and the royal family, issued a statement on Wednesday, saying they will look into the allegations outlined in the article. "ET's" source says things are tense between Meghan and Harry and the royal family. Quote, "while Harry loves his grandmother and grandfather, the timing of the Oprah interview has complicated matters."