- Prince Harry spoke to brother William and father Charles over the weekend, Gayle King reveals on CBS
- But presenter, who attended Meghan’s baby shower in 2019, claims conversation were ‘not productive’
- She says Sussexes want ‘royals to intervene’ over ‘false stories’ in British Press which have ‘a racial slant’
- Ms King gives no examples of stories – and it comes after Mail complains to CBS for doctoring headlines
Prince William was photographed looking glum while driving in London today after Meghan Markle’s friend Gayle King revealed Prince Harry had spoken to him and their father Charles for the first time following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. The CBS presenter, who attended Meghan’s $500,000 baby shower in 2019, said she spoke to the Sussexes who told her that Harry had talked to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales over the weekend.
But she said the conversations were ‘not productive’ and the Sussexes were 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’. If Ms King is correct about the details of the chat, William and Charles are likely to be appalled at it being leaked to a US media personality – with royal experts pointing out that senior royals are unlikely to want to talk to the Sussexes if they just pass on information to a friend who then reveals it in the American media. She told CBS This Morning: ‘Well I’m not trying to break news, but 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. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation. ‘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.’
William was seen driving outside Kensington Palace in West London today, while Charles and Camilla were also out in the north of the city, visiting a Covid-19 vaccination pop-up centre at Finsbury Park Mosque. Kensington Palace declined to comment to MailOnline about the information given by Ms King today.
Last Thursday, William appeared furious as he defended the Royal Family, saying it was ‘very much not a racist family’ while on a trip to a school in London, and said ominously of Harry: ‘I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.’Meanwhile Buckingham Palace has instructed an external law firm to assist with its investigation into bullying allegations made against Harry and Meghan, with lawyers for the couple denying any wrongdoing. Ms King’s comments came on the same day that Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip, 99, was reunited with the Queen at Windsor Castle after leaving King Edward VII’s Hospital in London following a 28 day-stay for treatment.
During the brothers’ discussion over the weekend, once-inseparable William and Harry could have discussed the unveiling of a statue for their mother Princess Diana which is scheduled for Kensington Palace in July. The brothers are set to meet face-to-face at the event in London for the first time since the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey last March, which was Harry and Meghan’s last event as senior royals. CBS has been at the centre of the Oprah interview, after This Morning showed a number of preview clips before the chat itself went out on the channel on March 7 and was then broadcast in Britain on ITV the following night. The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said today: ‘Seems like the narrative is being driven by Gayle King of CBS. I don’t think a continual play on American TV is quite what the Queen had in mind. Time for a cooling off period – best for everyone to put up and shut up.’
Royal biographer Robert Jobson, whose new book Prince Philip’s Century is out next month, told MailOnline: ‘The Royal Family do not like providing a running commentary on the their personal lives and personal relationships. ‘So it’s clearly not very helpful that every time there has been a development, in this case William talking to his brother, that it is immediately broadcast on Harry and Meghan’s adopted pet US network CBS via the host, Meghan’s friend Gayle King. ‘I really cannot see how there will be any progress in building bridges and rebuilding broken relationships if when Prince William, or the Queen or Prince Charles telephones, the conversations they have with Harry are passed on to CBS and then broadcast to the world. That’s not how the Royal Family works. There has to be trust and discretion.’
Ms King also said today: ‘The bullying thing was raised in 2018 and now there’s an ongoing investigation about bullying from Meghan Markle, when anyone who has worked with her will tell you exactly who she is. ‘You know, she’s really a very sweet, caring person. And as I say, Meghan has documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah’s interview. Everything.’ Ms King also said: ‘The family has to acknowledge that there are issues. Right now, no one has acknowledged, you know, Houston we have a problem here. That’s really all they want. They want a conversation, they both want a conversation. MailOnline’s owner Associated Newspapers has complained to CBS for doctoring headlines and taking them out of context during a section of the Oprah interview designed to illustrate racist coverage of Meghan by the Press. Reacting to the comments by Ms King, royal biographer Angela Levin added: ‘That’s why it’s not a good idea to pass on any information to them including details about alleged bullying because it will be passed on to a friend and reach social media in the blink of an eye. Their sense of entitlement is extraordinary. They can’t bear to be out of the spotlight.’ She continued: ‘The fact that Harry and Meghan say the talk with William was ‘unproductive’ makes me believe that Harry and Meghan aren’t interested in compromising or working hard to mend the rift. Otherwise they wouldn’t use such a negative, unpleasant word.’ ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship added: ‘Clearly, Gayle King would not have shared these comments with millions of viewers without Meghan’s permission, so this marks a significant new approach.