Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed that they invited Oprah Winfrey to join them for tea at their cottage at Kensington Palace and the TV mogul was left stunned by the ‘small’ size of the residence. 

Speaking in episode five of their bombshell Netflix docuseries, the Sussexes opened up about their life at Nottingham Cottage, where they lived in the months after their May 2018 wedding insisting that while the home was ‘on palace grounds,’ they were by no means ‘living in a palace’ as many assumed. 

According to Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, their feelings about the ‘small’ home were cemented when Oprah, 68, joined them ‘for tea’ – with the Duke revealing that the TV host exclaimed: ‘No one would believe it!’ when she saw the property herself. 

Their anecdote about Oprah came after the couple shared several candid images and videos from their time at Nottingham Cottage – which was referred to as ‘Nott Cott’ on a sign posted on the refrigerator in the property while also opening up about what life was like while they were living there. 

‘As far as people were concerned we were living in a palace. And we were… in a cottage on palace grounds,’ Harry says. Meghan then chimes in: ‘Kensington Palace sounds very regal, of course it does, it says “palace” in the name. But Nottingham Cottage was so small.’ She adds: ‘would just hit his head constantly in that place because he’s so tall.’ ‘The whole thing is on a slight lean, really low ceilings,’ Harry explains. ‘So I don’t know who was there before but they must have been very short.’

Although the pair did not specify when their tea with Oprah took place, it was suggested that the Sussexes hosted the media mogul not long after their May 2018 wedding – almost three years before they sat down with her for a bombshell TV interview in March 2021. 

According to Meghan, the couple’s lives inside the Kensington Palace grounds were unlike anything ‘anyone would believe,’ with the couple sharing images of themselves doing DIY projects and gardening.  ‘Me with a hoe and H varnishing,’ Meghan says. ‘It was just a chapter in our lives where I don’t think anyone could believe what it was actually like behind the scenes.’ 

The couple briefly addressed the interview in the docuseries, with Meghan revealing that they did not watch the primetime sit-down before it aired to the world. ‘We didn’t see it until the world saw it. It was interesting,’ she says, while footage of the couple watching the interview on a couch was played. 

Meghan also voiced her surprise that the main ‘take away’ from their chat with Oprah was the royal racism allegations, rather than her mental health struggles. ‘I thought me being very open about the depression I experienced and just how extreme that became, I thought that would be the biggest take away but it was entirely eclipsed by the conversation surrounding race,’ she said. The final episode of the series also reveals the moment Prince Harry shared a text from his brother Prince William with his wife amid the fallout from their ‘truth bomb’ interview with Oprah.

‘Beyoncé just texted. I still cant believe she knows who I am,’ she says after receiving the message.  Harry then quipped: ‘Just checking in just casual. Go call her.’  Meghan replied: ‘No it’s ok, she said that she wants me to feel safe and protected, she admires and respects my bravery and she thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed.’

In footage filmed in the days after the bombshell discussion with Oprah, Harry is seen showing his wife his phone, before Meghan says: ‘Wow, H just got a text from his brother.’ While the couple did not share what was in the text, Meghan did share the contents of a message she received from Beyoncé in the wake of the interview. 

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