Some commentators said the interview was extremely profitable for the couple and for Oprah’s multimedia company, Harpo Productions.
the the wall street journal reported on March 5 that SCS paid between $7 and $9 million for the rights to broadcast the interview, during which advertisers had to pay $325,000 for 30 seconds of advertising time during the two-hour interview.
On social media, there was speculation that Meghan and Harry had been paid for their appearance with Oprah.
On both sides of the Atlantic, commentators shared their thoughts on the lucrative interview, with some wondering how much money went to the couple.
On Twitterseveral commenters spoke about the interview in posts that collectively racked up thousands of likes and hundreds of retweets.
British radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer said in a post: ‘When you choose to reveal the gender of your unborn baby in a TV interview in exchange for millions of pounds, you pretty much give up pretending you want to protect your privacy. . They will have known for weeks but have chosen to sell only intimate details.”
Hartley-Brewer later clarified his comments by tweeting, “This interview was their way of proving their box office appeal for netflix, Spotify and anyone else who will hire them just for their names and titles. This interview will have a huge payday.”
Others also commented on Oprah’s multi-million dollar interview pointing to the advertised price of $7-9 million for SCS.
At the start of the interview, Oprah said that in addition to no questions being prohibited, Meghan and Harry would not be paid for their involvement.
Speaking to Meghan, Oprah said: “There was no deal, you don’t know what I’m going to ask, and there’s no off topic and you’re not being paid for this. interview.”
In response, Meghan said: “That’s all correct.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the money CBS contributed for the two-hour event went directly to Harpo Productions. As part of the deal, the network “has the right to license the special in international markets.”
A representative from Harpo Productions recently stated E! News that no payment of any kind has been made to the couple or their foundation for maintenance or license fees.
Additionally, a Sussex spokesperson also said The Wall Street Journal, the couple were not compensated for their appearance.
Meghan and Harry could receive high-paying offers for roles or appearances after their prime-time interview with Oprah.
However, all parties involved in the interview have strongly denied any payment to the couple or their foundation.
The money paid by SCS to secure the rights went to Harpo Productions and the network has since secured payment from a major UK broadcaster to air the interview there.
ITV reportedly paid £1m for the tell-all swap following a bidding war.