Meghan Markle's friend claims Royal Family are 'using Prince Philip's illness as an excuse to muzzle her'

MEGHAN Markle friend reportedly claims the Royal Family are using Prince Philip's illness as an excuse to "muzzle" her.

Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey will air this Sunday, while Philip recovers in hospital from a heart operation.

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A Hollywood insider who is reportedly close to the Sussexes told the Daily Mail that Meghan wouldn't push back the interview.

The source told the Mail: "Even if Meghan had the choice to postpone the Oprah special she said she wouldn't because it has absolutely nothing to do with Prince Philip and that this is just an excuse by the palace to keep her muzzled.

"Prince Harry has no say on the matter. What's done is done. Meghan said now the whole world can see what she had to endure for months on end.

"No support whatsoever and now even across the pond, still no loyalty or support."

The Sun Online has contacted Buckingham Palace and Meghan Markle's representatives for comment.

In a preview of the CBS special released today, Meghan sensationally claimed she was blocked from doing an earlier interview with Oprah, before her wedding to Prince Harry.

In the clip, released by CBS, Meghan claims she wasn’t even allowed to speak to Oprah in 2018 without someone listening in.

She said she was forced to turn down the interview, saying: “That wasn’t my choice to make.”

She also told Oprah that it was tough to go from having a "really independent life" to one that was within the "construct" of the Royal Family.

Meghan said that she and Prince Harry now have the "ability to make our own choices" in a way that they couldn't three years ago.

In the new clip, Oprah says: "I called you either February or March 2018 before the wedding asking, would you please give me an interview and you said sorry it’s not the right time.

"And finally, we get to sit down and have this conversation."

Meghan responds: "I remember that conversation very well. I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right. There had to be people from the… sitting there."

When asked if people were in the room while they were having the conversation, Meghan says: "yeah, even on that call."

It comes as up to 10 aides are "lining up" to help the Palace with their investigation into the bullying claims.

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