Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to follow in the footsteps of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, for an “intimate” and “wide-ranging” interview on US TV, looking at their move to Los Angeles and the decision to "step back as 'senior' members" of the royal family.

Plans for the interview, with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, have reportedly come as a complete surprise to Buckingham Palace.

A senior palace source told the Daily Mirror: “The Duke and Duchess are no longer working members of the royal family. Therefore, any decisions they make with regard to media commitments are matters for them.

“As non-working members of the royal family, they are under no obligation to inform the Royal Household of such plans.”

There will be “a great deal of nervousness” about what the couple intend to say in the interview, which is likely to be watched by millions.

A royal family insider said: “One only has to look at the previous instalments of the tell-all interview to know these things never end up with a wholly positive experience for any party.

“Everyone will be watching with intense interest.”

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The interview is sure to draw comparisons with Princess Diana’s bombshell 1995 interview with Martin Bashir, which is still making headlines over 20 years later.

According to Simone Simmons, a close fiend of the princess, Diana regretted ever speaking to Bashir because of the impact it had on her eldest son, Harry’s older brother William.

“William was absolutely livid,” Simone told Vanity Fair. “Of course it was in all the papers and William told me he was teased at school because of it.

In an announcement about this new interview, American channel CBS said: “Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.

“Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”

Billed as an “intimate conversation” with the couple, the 90-minute primetime Oprah Winfrey special is set to air on Sunday, March 7.

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