Prince Harry has had a conversation with his brother, William, and his father, Charles since Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Sussexes aired, however, those discussions have been “unproductive,” said Gayle King, a friend of the couple and also co-host of CBS show “This Morning,” on Tuesday.
King mentioned that she called Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on the weekend “to see how they were feeling.”
“Harry has talked to his brother, and he has talked to his father too. The word I was given was those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation,” King remarked on Tuesday’s edition of “This Morning.”
In the couple’s interview with Winfrey, Harry commented that his relationship with both men had virtually broken down, accepting he was rarely speaking to William and that Charles, his father and the successor to the British throne, had stopped picking his calls at one point.
King also said that the pair were dissatisfied by Buckingham Palace’s reaction to their interview.
“I think what is still upsetting to them is that the palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately… but yet they believe (that) false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan still,” she mentioned.
The palace remarked last week that Meghan’s comments were “concerning,” especially her claim that a senior royal enquired about her not yet born baby’s skin tone however that they would be “addressed by the family privately.”
“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,” King supplemented.
The presenter also mentioned that both Harry and Meghan wish to “move forward” and see “healing in this family.”
Harry and Meghan’s interview has put Buckingham Palace into a plunge and activated a nationwide debate on the royals, race, and the media’s role in perpetuating racism.
As of now, the only public comments from a senior royal concerning the interview have come from William.
Questioned by a reporter while on a visit to a school in east London the previous week if the royals were a “racist family,” the Duke of Cambridge replied, “We’re very much not a racist family.”
Answering a question on whether he had a word with his brother since the interview, Prince William said: “I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”