"Watching the interview with Twitter open, I saw numerous people describing it as a master class in interviewing," says Willa Paskin of CBS' Oprah with Harry and Meghan. "I don’t disagree, but I think it would be hard for anyone else to replicate because so much of it depends on Oprah’s special authority, her ability to effortlessly toggle between her incredible fame and something more intuitively regular. In one moment, she’s mentioning that she was at Meghan and Harry’s wedding; in another, she’s challenging Harry on his claims that he wasn’t happy as a rich princeling, as though she has no personal experience with the strictures of fame. Just before the most heart-wrenching sequence in the interview, when Meghan was describing the persistence of her suicidal thoughts and the institution’s refusal to help, Oprah asked her whether it was “what it looked like”—if she and Harry were as content as they seemed in pictures. That Oprah, who presumably has more than a little firsthand knowledge of the eternal social performance required by life in the public eye, could ask this so credulously is one thing—for it to work is Oprah’s secret sauce, her ability to be completely, potently Oprah while also plausibly channeling everyone who is not."
TOPICS: Oprah Winfrey, CBS, Oprah with Meghan And Harry: A Primetime Special, Jimmy Kimmel, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry