Prince William speaks to Harry for first time since Oprah interview but talks ‘unproductive’

CBS News anchor Gayle King spoke to the couple after the revealing interview

Joe Middleton
Tuesday 16 March 2021 18:30
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Prince William has spoken to his brother Harry for the first time since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to a friend of the couple.

CBS News presenter Gayle King said she was told about the conversation when she called Meghan Markle and Harry after the revealing interview.

However Ms King said that talks were “unproductive” and that nobody from the Royal Family has yet spoken to the Duchess of Sussex.

She told CBS This Morning: “I did actually call them to see how they were feeling, and it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too. The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. 

“And I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still.”

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The revelations from the Oprah chat plunged the Royal Family into crisis after shocking allegations of racism made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

They claimed that an unnamed royal raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be before he was born.

Meghan also said how she begged for help when she was suicidal, but said the institution gave her no support.

The Queen responded to the allegations in the interview and said that the issues were concerning, but that “some recollections may vary” and the matter would be dealt with privately.

And the Duke of Cambridge defended the Royals last week on a visit to a school in east London, he said: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

Ms King added: “No one in the Royal family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time. And I think it’s frustrating for them to see that it’s a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant.”

Kensington Palace declined to comment when contacted by The Independent

Meanwhile, Prince Philip has today been reunited with the Queen with the Queen after leaving hospital following a month-long stay receiving treatment.

Philip, 99, is said to be in good spirits after spending 28 nights as an in-patient. He was initially receiving care for an infection then underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.

Additional reporting by PA

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