Kate and Prince William did NOT talk to Prince Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral because they feared details would ‘go straight back to Meghan to be leaked out via Oprah Winfrey or some other tentacle of the Sussex network’ says royal historian
- Trio were seen briefly walking and chatting together as they left funeral service
- It was believed that the brothers then spoke privately for around two hours
- But royal historian Robert Lacey says this conversation did not take place
- Cambridges are said to have been worried their conversation would be leaked
Prince William and Kate Middleton did not have a sit-down conversation with Prince Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral because they feared details would be leaked, a royal historian has claimed.
The trio were seen walking and chatting together for a few minutes as they left their grandfather’s funeral service at Windsor Castle in April.
It was believed at the time that the brothers then spoke to each other and to their father Prince Charles for around two hours afterwards.
This was said to be in the hope of repairing relations following Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
However, leading royal historian Robert Lacey has said in an updated version of his book Battle of the Brothers that the conversation did not take place because the Cambridges were worried their conversation would be leaked.
In the book, which is being serialised in The Times, Mr Lacey wrote: ‘They told friends that they could see no point in talking to Harry since any discussion of substance would go straight back to Meghan to be leaked via Oprah [Winfrey] or some other tentacle of the Sussex network.’
Prince William and Kate Middleton did not have a sit-down conversation with Prince Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral because they feared details would be leaked, a royal historian has claimed
Instead, Prince Charles is said to have gone back to his Wales home whilst Kate and William went home to Kensington Palace to put their children to bed.
The Cambridges’ alleged fears came after Meghan’s friend Gayle King revealed on US news channel CBS that while Prince Harry had had talks with his brother and father after his interview with Oprah, these discussions were ‘not productive’.
She said in March: ‘Well, I did actually call them to see how they are feeling, it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and his father, too.
‘The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation.’
Mr Lacey also said in his updated book that it was ‘not by accident’ that neither Princess Anne nor the Countess of Wessex – Prince Edward’s wife – spoke in public with Prince Harry on the day of Prince Philips’ funeral.
He wrote: ‘People felt incensed by what they saw as the calculated and focused cruelty of the TV interview and by the hypocrisy of Meghan — relating so brightly to Oprah how she had phoned the Queen to show her concern about Philip’s condition without even considering, apparently, the impact that their televised catalogue of grievance might have upon the invalid’s morale and health.’
Leading royal biographer Robert Lacey has said in an updated version of his book Battle of the Brothers that the conversation did not take place because the Cambridges were worried their conversation ‘would go straight back to Meghan (pictured) to be leaked via Oprah’
The Cambridges’ alleged fears came after Meghan’s friend Gayle King revealed on US news channel CBS that while Prince Harry had had talks with his brother and father after his interview with Oprah, these discussions were ‘not productive’
Ms King, who attended Meghan’s baby shower in 2019, said on CBS she had been told by the Sussexes that they had been keen for the ‘royals to intervene and tell the Press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant’.
Ms King, 66, who is also close friends with Oprah, failed to give any examples of the stories she was referring to, but added that Meghan has ‘documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah’s interview’.
She added: ‘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.
‘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.
‘And until you can acknowledge that, I think it’s going to be hard to move forward.
‘But they both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that is Harry’s family.’
Prince Harry rocked his family with bombshell accusations during his and his wife’s interview with Ms Winfrey in March.
They 36-year-old claimed his 38-year-old brother and 72-year-old father were ‘trapped’ in ‘The Firm’.
Harry and William were seen talking after Prince Philip’s funeral after they made an impromptu decision to walk back to Windsor Castle rather than use the state cars which were waiting for them.
Harry was initially seen speaking to his sister-in-law Kate but she appeared to hang back so he could talk to William for a few moments without her.
Prince William (left) and Prince Harry (right) walk either side of Peter Phillips and behind Prince Andrew at Windsor during Prince Philip’s funeral in April
Prince William and Kate Middleton (left) sit on the opposite side of St George’s Chapel to Prince Harry (right) who sat alone
The Sussexes accused the Royals of institutional racism during the bombshell 90-minute interview with Oprah.
They claimed one member of the family – not the Queen or Prince Philip – questioned what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.
‘They are still very upset,’ the source added. ‘They are putting on a united front for the Queen. They all think he has behaved appallingly.’
The Duchess of Sussex did not fly with Harry to the UK after doctors advised her not to travel due to her pregnancy. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their bombshell interview with Oprah
The siblings maintained stony expressions as they walked behind their grandfather’s cortege before the funeral service.
The Duke of Cambridge strode ahead of his brother as they entered the 15th Century chapel and inside the atmosphere remained frosty.
William sat with Kate directly opposite Harry but did not appear to make eye contact, instead preferring to focus his gaze towards his grandfather’s coffin.
The new revelations in Mr Lacey’s book were revealed after it was reported yesterday that Harry and Meghan’s son Archie could be allowed to choose whether or not he becomes a prince when he turns 18.
Mr Lacey said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could follow in the footsteps of Earl and Countess of Wessex – who have not styled their children ‘prince’ or ‘princess’.
The couple’s children, James and Louise, are instead known as Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.
The siblings, who are 13th and 14th in line to the throne, will get a choice on whether to take royal titles or style themselves as HRH when they turn 18.
It comes amid claims, first reported in the Mail on Sunday, that Prince Charles will ensure that Archie will never be a prince as part of his plan for a slimmed-down Monarchy.
However, Lacey, told the Times that such a move does ‘not seem likely’.
He said: ‘It is possible that Prince Charles may try to remove royal status from the Sussex children when he comes to the throne but that does not seem likely.
‘His priority then will be to gain popular support for upgrading the status of Camilla from princess consort to queen consort, and he is not likely to court unpopularity by removing HRH status from Archie and Lili.’
Meanwhile, palace insiders have reportedly told the Times that the Prince of Wales does not have the power to stop Archie from becoming a prince.
According to the paper, under the current system, Archie will automatically become a prince when the Queen dies and Prince Charles ascends to the throne.
Therefore, the only way that Archie could be prevented from becoming a prince is if the Queen decides to change the rules.
However, Lacey told the Times: ‘It is clear to me that the Queen and her advisers have discussed this issue at the highest level, and that the future royal status of Archie and Lili is not in jeopardy in her lifetime.’
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