Oprah Winfrey has been accused of likening The Queen to The Godfather mob boss Don Corleone by a furious royal expert.
A new trailer shows her pushing Meghan Markle on whether she had been "silenced" by the Royal Family during the tell-all interview with husband Prince Harry.
The TV doyenne reveals the former actress calls her 20 months as a royal "almost unsurvivable" and brands the duchess's account "shocking".
Ms Winfrey tells her friend "it sounds like there was a breaking point" before asking Meghan: "Were you silent or were you silenced?"
Oprah turns to the camera and says "just to make it clear to everybody, there is no subject that is off-limits" ahead of the two-hour CBS special on Sunday.
Robert Jobson, a biographer of Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh, said the trailer was packed with "over the top, melodramatic nonsense".
He told the Mail Online: "The Queen and the Royal Family are not the Corleone family of Windsor.
"There are no hit men or heavies going around silencing people. Meghan, whilst a working royal, was always protected by a team of Scotland Yard officers. Thankfully, she was never in danger physically and Harry knows that.
"Talk of being 'silenced' is just ridiculous. It suits a narrative, I suppose, but at what cost to the Queen, Prince Philip and the Royal Family and our reputation as a country."
The trailer showed a visibly pregnant Meghan only looking emotional or nodding while either cradling her baby bump or holding on to her husband's hand on location in Santa Barbara, California.
The Duke of Sussex was shown describing their decision to quit Britain and the Royal Family last March as "unbelievably tough".
He said he moved to LA as he feared "history repeating itself" following the death of his mother Princess Diana.
Another critic tweeted sarcastically: "It’s been so unbelievably tough moving into our $11million home, signing huge deals with Netflix and Spotify, and drawing on my huge trust from my Royal lineage. Like if you want a quiet life, go have one, keyword being quiet."
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