According to the Wall Street Journal, “CBS is paying a license fee of between $7 million and $9 million for the rights to air Ms. Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, according to people familiar with the pact.”
A spokesperson for the couple told the publication that Harry and Meghan aren’t receiving payment for the interview.
CBS is also maximizing its advertising profits off the special. Per the Journal, the network “was seeking roughly $325,000 for 30 seconds of commercial time during the program according to ad buyers, about twice the normal price of ad time in that time period.”
This interview will mostly feature Meghan in a one-on-one conversation with the media mogul, but Harry will join for part of the dialogue.
At the start of the program, Oprah clarified:
“Before we get in to it, I just want to make it clear to everybody that even though we’re neighbors … that there has not been an agreement, you don’t know what I’m going to ask, and there is no subject that’s off-limits and you are not getting paid for this interview.”
Meghan responded: “All of that is correct.”
What are Harry and Meghan’s net worths?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Prince Harry is worth around $50m (£36m). His money comes from a trust fund which was left to him by his mother Princess Diana, with Harry and William both inheriting their share on their 30th birthdays.
Meghan is estimated to have a net worth of $5m (£3.8m). She built up her money from her earnings as an actress, reportedly earning $450,000 (£345,000) per series of Suits, in which she found fame playing Rachel Zane. Meghan’s movie appearances include Remember Me and Horrible Bosses, while on TV she also appeared in Fringe, Knight Rider, CSI Miami/CSI New York, and Without A Trace.
Currently, the couple are living with son Archie in California, where they have purchased a $14.7 million (£10.6 million) Montecito mansion.