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The British royal family are bracing themselves ahead of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The two-hour special airs on US TV tonight and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to reveal the struggles of being part of the monarchy.

It will then be screened on RTÉ Two at 9.30pm tomorrow night.

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Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, is expected to talk to Oprah on her own at the beginning about her experience of becoming a royal and a mother as well as her charity work.

Harry is then set to join the two women so the couple can discuss stepping down as senior royals, their move to the US, their plans for the future and how he feels about leaving his family role.

In a clip, Meghan said she can now "speak for herself" after stepping back from royal duties last year.

She adds that it was "liberating" to make their own choices, adding she does not know how the royal family "could expect that after all this time we would still just be silent".

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is investigating bullying allegations made by staff against the former actress.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with Susan KeoghSky's Enda Brady said the royal family are apprehensive about the interview.

"I think they are extremely worried," he said.

"You can tell by what happened this week, announcing an investigation into claims of bullying against Meghan Markle, that was in Thursday's Times newspaper.

"There was also a story in the same paper about the earring she had apparently been given by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and we all know who he is and what he is alleged to have done to the journalist Jamal Khashoggi so there's been a lot of mudslinging this week.

"I think the palace are running scared because they've got a situation now where, as much of the papers will tell you this morning, for the Queen, it's all about duty and for Philip, getting better.

"They've got two rogue elements about to speak for two hours.

Mr Brady said that "unless something completely outlandish" is claimed in the interview, Buckingham Palace won't dignify it with a response.

"But make no mistake, everyone, in all of the royal households, they will have people right across it, I'm sure they will have been trying to find out what has been said," he added.

"And it's amazing to me that this is going ahead while Harry's grandfather is in hospital for three weeks.

"The interview has been done, and he went ahead with it knowing his grandfather wasn't in the best shape and they have no control over it now because ultimately, it's CBS and it's Oprah and they've set the broadcast date.

"The Americans see this as The Crown in reality, they're watching it as much as everyone [in the UK] is.

"I think the British public think the timing of this is terrible, Harry's reputation is in danger of being tarnished to the point that a lot of people won't engage with him."

British royal family said to be 'extremely worried' about Harry and Meghan interview

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Main image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: PA Images

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