CBS paid Oprah Winfrey up to $9m for Meghan and Harry’s interview

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Oprah Winfrey interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Piers Morgan has often targeted Meghan on his shows

Talk isn’t cheap when it comes to Oprah Winfrey. Her popularity as the queen of television has risen dramatically after her multi-million dollar interview with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

CBS paid a license fee of between $7 million and $9 million for the rights to air Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, according to people familiar with the pact.

The two-hour interview was aired on Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET, after the network’s popular news magazine “60 Minutes.” Sunday is one of the biggest nights of television consumption.

As part of the agreement between CBS and Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Productions, the network also has rights to license the special in international markets. In the U.K., the interview will air Monday on ITV.

Deal of the day

A spokeswoman for the couple said they are not being compensated for the interview.