Gayle King says Harry and Meghan interview was not filmed at her mansion as she doesn’t own home in California
A lot has been said about Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was earlier speculated that the conversation took place in Winfrey's best friend Gayle King's mansion. Winfrey had said that the lush backyard where the interview was filmed was not, in fact, either of their homes. Rather, she said, they used "a friend's house." However, King has since refuted that claim.
The special was reportedly filmed in Southern California. "There's something going on about it's at Gayle's California mansion," she said before clarifying that she doesn’t even own a home in California. In fact, she said that in the aftermath of the speculations, her son called her and said, "I didn't even know you had a California mansion, Mom."
King, House Beautiful reported, spends most of her time living and working in Manhattan, where she has a penthouse that’s located on East 57th Street, on the 36th floor of a prominent tower. King reportedly bought the 2,530 square foot luxury penthouse for $7.1 million back in 2008. The unit reportedly features 12-foot ceilings, walnut flooring, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, three walk-in closets, and a 750 square foot wrap-around terrace with a view of the George Washington bridge. She also has a mansion in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
In the aftermath of the controversial tell-all interview, King claimed that her friend, Winfrey, has not been paying attention to the public reactions. King said she had called Winfrey to discuss the reactions only to find she’s “not paying attention to all of this”.
King said during Tuesday’s episode of ‘This Morning’, that Winfrey appeared to be unconcerned with the response to the interview. “She’s sitting on her back porch reading a book, not paying attention to all of this. I said: ‘I’m telling you, this is big.’ [She said]: ‘Is it?’ Yeah, no it’s big!” King said.
It was earlier reported that the Duchess of Sussex had been planning to give an interview to Winfrey for two years after the royal family's public relations machine canceled her sit-down chat with King. Sources said that Meghan had actually planned to do a “short interview” in 2019 about her experience with the Royal Family and her motherhood.
Public relations officials at Kensington Palace, however, reportedly did not approve it fearing “it would alienate the UK press,” an insider disclosed. As compensation, an untraditional deal was done, where King and her CBS TV crew were invited to the first photoshoot of the couple with their newborn baby at St. George's Hall in Windsor.
As per the sources, since then King and Winfrey have both been in touch with Meghan and Prince Harry, and this eventually resulted in CBS’s explosive two-hour interview that aired Sunday. Continuing, the source explained: “This interview has been two years in the making with either Gayle or Oprah asking the questions. In reality, it is the two of them prepping for the in-depth conversation. It is what the Sussexes have wanted for a long time -- to present ‘our lives, our way’,” the source said.