Harry and Meghan invoke Diana in first Oprah clip and say ‘fear of history repeating itself’ forced them to leave UK

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<p>Harry and Meghan will discuss stepping back from royal life in an interview with Oprah Winfrey</p> (CBS)

Harry and Meghan will discuss stepping back from royal life in an interview with Oprah Winfrey

(CBS)

Prince Harry stepped back from royal duties because he feared “history repeating itself,” he will tell Oprah Winfrey in an interview alongside wife Meghan to be broadcast next week.

The royal, who has previously said the “toxic” British press prompted him to “get my family out of there”, opens up about his mother Princess Diana in a preview clip released by CBS on Sunday.

“My biggest fear was history repeating itself,” says Harry, who has blamed media harassment for his mother’s death.

In a second clip, he adds: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her [Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago. Because it's been unbelievably tough for the two of us but at least we have each other.”

In another part of the interview, Oprah asks whether there had been a “breaking point” and appears to refer to a comment by Meghan about royal life being “almost unsurvivable”.

In a pointed nod to tensions within the Royal family, Oprah opened the first teaser clip asking Meghan, “were you silent, or were you silenced?”

The teaser ended with the host saying the couple had said “some pretty shocking things”.