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Meghan Markle’s Interview With Oprah Is Eerily Similar To Princess Diana's 1995 Interview

Amidst the buzz about Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey, people have been pointing out similarities to the 1995 controversial interview with Princess Diana on BBC's Panorama.

In May 2021, an independent investigation requested by the BBC concluded that Martin Bashir engaged in deceitful practices, including fake documents, to land the 1995 BBC  interview with Diana. Prince William responded harshly to the report, saying, "“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others." 

Read through the comparisons below.

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  • Meghan Markle's Recent Interview With Oprah Came After Her Controversial Exit From The Royal Family

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    Harry: No. I mean . . . no, I think we’ve done . . . I’m really proud of us, you know? I’m so proud of . . . I’m so proud of my wife. Like, she safely delivered Archie during a period of time which was so cruel and so mean. And every single day, I was coming back from work, from London, I was coming back to my wife crying while breastfeeding Archie. That’s coming from someone who wasn’t reading anything. And as she touched on earlier, if she had read anything, she wouldn’t be here now. So we did what we had to do — and now we’ve got another little one on the way.

    Meghan: I have one. My regret is believing them when they said I would be protected. I believed that. And I regret believing that because I think, ‘had I really seen that that wasn’t happening, I would have been able to do more’. But I think I wasn’t supposed to see it. I wasn’t supposed to know. And . . . and now, because we’re actually on the other side, we’ve actually not just survived but are thriving. You know, this . . . I mean, this is miracles. I . . . yeah, I think that all of those things that I was hoping for have happened . . .  and this is in some ways just the beginning for us. You know, we’ve been through a lot. It’s felt like a lifetime. (Laughs.) A lifetime.

  • Princess Diana's 1995 Interview With Panorama Came Amidst Her Marital Problems With Prince Charles

    Bashir: Around 1986, again according to the biography written by Jonathan Dimbleby about your husband, he says that your husband renewed his relationship with Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles. Were you aware of that?

    Diana: Yes I was, but I wasn't in a position to do anything about it.

    ...

    Bashir: What effect did that have on you?

    Diana: Pretty devastating. Rampant bulimia, if you can have rampant bulimia, and just a feeling of being no good at anything and being useless and hopeless and failed in every direction...Well, people were - when I say people I mean friends, on my husband's side - were indicating that I was again unstable, sick, and should be put in a home of some sort in order to get better. I was almost an embarrassment.

    ...

    Bashir: Do you think Mrs Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?

    Diana: Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

  • Meghan Markle Expressed Her Personal Struggles With Suicidal Thoughts

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    Meghan: I just didn’t see a solution. I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out. And, again, I wasn’t seeing it, but it’s almost worse when you feel it through the expression of my mom or my friends, or them calling me crying, just, like, ‘Meg, they’re not protecting you’. And I realised that it was all happening just because I was breathing.

    Oprah: Mmm.

    Meghan: And, look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered. But I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. And I . . . I just didn’t . . . I just didn’t want to be alive any more. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember — I remember how he just cradled me. And I was — I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that, ‘I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere’. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.

    ...

    Oprah: So, were you thinking of harming yourself? Were you having suicidal thoughts?

    Meghan: Yes. This was very, very clear...Very clear and very scary. And, you know, I didn’t know who to even turn to in that. And one of the people that I reached out to, who’s continued to be a friend and confidant, was one of my husband’s mom’s best friends, one of Diana’s best friends. Because it’s, like, who else could understand what’s . . .what it’s actually like on the inside?

  • Princess Di Shared Her Experiences With Depression, Bulimia, And Self Harm

    Diana: I was unwell with post-natal depression, which no one ever discusses, post-natal depression, you have to read about it afterwards, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. You'd wake up in the morning feeling you didn't want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself.

    ...

    Bashir: The depression was resolved, as you say, but it was subsequently reported that you suffered bulimia. Is that true?

    Diana: Yes, I did. I had bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day - some do it more - and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It's like having a pair of arms around you, but it's temporarily, temporary. Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it's a repetitive pattern which is very destructive to yourself...

    I was crying out for help, but giving the wrong signals, and people were using my bulimia as a coat on a hanger: they decided that was the problem - Diana was unstable.

    ...

    Bashir: According to press reports, it was suggested that it was around this time things became so difficult that you actually tried to injure yourself.

    Diana: Mmm. When no one listens to you, or you feel no one's listening to you, all sorts of things start to happen. For instance you have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help, but it's the wrong help you're asking for. People see it as crying wolf or attention-seeking, and they think because you're in the media all the time you've got enough attention, inverted commas. But I was actually crying out because I wanted to get better in order to go forward and continue my duty and my role as wife, mother, Princess of Wales. So yes, I did inflict upon myself. I didn't like myself, I was ashamed because I couldn't cope with the pressures.

    Bashir: What did you actually do?

    Diana: Well, I just hurt my arms and my legs; and I work in environments now where I see women doing similar things and I'm able to understand completely where they're coming from.