Inside Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey’s relationship and how they met before royal wedding

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She is the American talk-show host who has been ranked one of the most influential women in the world.

And Oprah Winfrey, 67, has already landed the interview of 2021 after sitting down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a tell-all chat over why the stepped down as senior royals.

But the host, best known for The Oprah Winfrey show, had only met Meghan once before the royal wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in May 2018, where she was described as a “friend of the couple”.

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2018

Oprah described the wedding of Harry and Megan as “transformative” and wowed when she stepped out in a blush pink ensemble for the nuptials of the happy couple.

Speaking to ET Online in June 2018, she said: “It was more than a wedding, I thought."

“I think it's bigger than them and I think it bodes well for hope for all of us,” she added.

Oprah is believed to have first contacted Meghan in early 2018 through American TV network CBS, according to The Times.

Following their call, Meghan invited the presenter to meet her at Kensington Palace in March – the only time they had met prior to the wedding.

Meanwhile Oprah and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland spent time together before the wedding.

The media mogul revealed that Doria came to her home and left showered with gifts including fresh kumquats after the pair spent time doing yoga in the garden.

2019

In 2019 it was revealed that Prince Harry had teamed up with Oprah to create a mental health documentary series for Apple TV.

In an Instagram post, Harry said: "I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series."

Oprah also revealed to CBS This Morning how she and Harry had “several” “secret meetings in London” regarding the direction of the series.

In April 2019 Oprah defended Meghan and described the Duchess of Sussex as having a “wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart” after arguing she had been portrayed in a negative light by the media.

Following the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019, Oprah told how “proud” she was of Meghan after she decided not to pose for photographs after giving birth.

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2020

The Duke and Duchess announced they were stepping back as senior royals in January 2020 to which Oprah told TMZ: “I support them one thousand per cent.”

And in December it was revealed that Meghan had invested in ethically-sourced oat milk latte company Clevr Blends.

Oprah shared a gift from the coffee brand, which describes itself as a “woman-led” company and run by CEO Hannah Mendoza, to her Instagram that she had received from Meghan in the run-up to Christmas.

Captioning an unboxing video to Instagram, she wrote: “On the first day of Christmas my neighbor “M” sent to me…a basket of deliciousness! (Yes that M) My new drink of choice for the morning and night. Wish I had clevrblends sooner cause I would’ve added it to my Favorite Things list.”

Prince Harry and Meghan also count Oprah as a neighbour who also lives in Montecito, California alongside Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGeneres. But even they would have to travel up a long driveway and get through large security gates to the couple's home.

Watch the full interview on ITV at 9pm on Monday night and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.

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