Oprah Winfrey's interview with Harry and Meghan nominated for Emmy

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Oprah Winfrey's explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been nominated for an Emmy.

The sit down with the royal couple which led to discussions about the future of the monarchy is up for outstanding hosted nonfiction series or special.

The Emmys awards are for excellence in US TV.

If it wins it would be the chat show host and her production team who scoop the gong, rather than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves.

Also in the same category for nonfiction series or specials are My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, United Shades Of America With W Kamau Bell and documentary series Vice.

meghan and harry with oprah Photo: CBS
Harry and Meghan sat down with Oprah Winfrey in March. (Photo: CBS)

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Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, gave their side of the story of the decision to leave their senior royal roles in March during the CBS special, revealing some of their mental health struggles and accusing the palace of a lack of support.

Meghan said she'd felt suicidal but was told she could not get help, while Harry said he felt let down by his father Prince Charles, who stopped taking his calls.

They both recalled a conversation Harry had with a member of the family about the colour of their future children's skin, indicating there was a concern about "how dark it would be", which forced Prince William to tell reporters they were "very much not a racist family".

In a statement after the programme aired the Queen said she was "saddened" by their struggles but added that "recollections may vary" when it came to some of the allegations.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrive for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - Princes William and Harry set aside their differences on Thursday to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry and William looked relaxed with each other at the unveiling of the statue of their mother, Diana. (Yui Mok/AFP)

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The Winfrey interview and the subsequent interviews conducted by Harry in particular have not helped with the rift between the couple and the rest of the family.

Harry sat alone because of COVID restrictions when he returned to the UK for his grandfather's funeral, but did have a brief conversation afterwards with William and Kate.

The two brothers looked more relaxed together as they unveiled the statue of their mother in Kensington Palace on 1 July, but Harry is understood to have left just 20 minutes after the ceremony.

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards are due to take place on 19 September.

Watch: Prince William and Prince Harry unveil Princess Diana Statue at Kensington Palace