THE HUGELY anticipated Oprah interview with former senior royals Meghan and Harry will be aired across Ireland on Monday, it has been confirmed.
Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ have secured the rights to the ground-breaking interview, which will air in the US on Sunday night before being broadcast in Ireland the next day.
The special interview-- which has caused some controversy, particularly in the British media-- will air on RTÉ 2 on Monday, March 8 at 9.30pm.
The upcoming interview, which delves into the couples' experience within, and subsequent exit from, the Royal Family, as well as the intense pressure and scrutiny the couple have undergone in the media, has reportedly angered the Palace.
Many in the family are said to be furious that the interview is still going ahead with Prince Phillip, the Queen's husband and Harry's grandfather, in hospital recovering from heart surgery.
A clip from the highly-anticipated interview shows Meghan Markle telling chat show host Oprah that the royal family-- who Meghan brands 'the firm'-- have been "perpetuating falsehoods" against her and her husband.
"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,” she said.
"And, if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I ... there is a lot that has been lost already."
Following this clip, new claims have emerged from insiders at the palace who accused Meghan of 'bullying' her staff, with accusations including the claim several Kensington Palace staff were “humiliation” on several occasions by the Duchess.
An unnamed spokesperson for Meghan and Harry told The Times it was "no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess” are resurfacing before Markle was planning to “speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years”.
Buckingham Palace has said it is actively investigating the claims of bullying.
In a further surprising development, it is understood that six members of the Royal Family-- including William, Kate and the Queen herself-- will be appearing in a special broadcast, entitled A Celebration For Commonwealth Day on Sunday evening before the Oprah interview airs.
Commonwealth Day itself falls on Monday, but the Queen's annual message will be broadcast a day earlier, in what some view as an attempt to steal focus-- or issue a defense-- ahead of Harry and Meghan's big reveal.