Harry and Meghan are asked to delay the Oprah broadcast while Prince Philip is seriously ill

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are urged by some commentators in the UK to ask CBS to postpone the broadcast of their Oprah Winfrey interview, which is expected to launch a stabbing attack on the royal family amid concerns over prospects Prince Philip increases an infection strike.

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Philip, 99, was transferred to a specialist heart clinic on Monday and British newspapers quoted royal sources as saying that the family were “quite appalled” by the idea of ​​the interview. According to Oprah, Meghan is watching “pretty shocking things” aired while Philip is so uncomfortable.

Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry, brother, soldier, son, told The Daily Beast that broadcasting the interview while Prince Philip was suffering from severe health problems risks making the interview appear inappropriate and said, “Anything could hijack this interview. Philip is sick. He’s 99 and could die anytime. You shouldn’t have known that he was going to get sick, but it could be seen that it was the wrong time. But I doubt it is in her gift to postpone the interview. Control is in the hands of CBS and Oprah. “

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Robert Lacey, historical advisor for The crown and author of the definitive royal biography majestytold The Daily Beast, “I think it would be a wonderful turnaround for Harry’s image if he took the bold step of canceling it this weekend – or, if that’s impractical, at least postponing it.”

Royal commentator and former editor of who is who Richard Fitzwilliams said it was “certainly appropriate” to postpone the interview.

He told MailOnline, “Oprah is her friend and neighbor and would no doubt follow her if asked and I would certainly appreciate the gesture from the royal family. If an interview has been extended, as it was recently, it can also be postponed, as it undoubtedly should be. “

Royal Biographer Robert Jobson told the Mail: “With the Duke of Edinburgh clearly very uncomfortable, the fact that the couple are planning to air their smug, unqualified interview with chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey makes them seem heartless, thoughtless and extremely selfish.

“For the US broadcaster CBS, this interview is a coup that aims to generate large audience numbers and large ad sales for the broadcast of your exclusive interview. Even if they wanted to, Harry and Meghan probably couldn’t dictate terms to Oprah Winfrey and the network right now. Too much has been invested. “

A TV industry insider told this mirror: “CBS sold millions of dollars worth of advertising related to the interview, but the bosses are well aware of the delicacy of the Duke’s heath. They have no allegiance to the royal family, although some feel they are to Harry and Meghan. If Philip’s condition worsened, it would be like firing a diplomatic bomb. It would be grossly insensitive and extremely disrespectful. “

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