Prince William ‘worried’ about Harry drama

It came after Meghan Markle’s friend Gayle King revealed his “unproductive phone call” with Prince Harry earlier this week – their first conversation since the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey. In it, Meghan claimed an unnamed royal had raised “concerns” about the skin colour of her and Harry’s children and alleged that Buckingham Palace had denied her mental health support. The princes have barely spoken to each other for more than a year after the drama surrounding their “Megxit” from the royal family, The Sun reported.The Duke of Cambridge issued a candid response to Harry and Meghan’s allegations, saying the royals were “very much not a racist family” during a public appearance at a London school. The palace has insisted it will make no further comment on the revelations from the Oprah interview, but sources told Vanity Fair there were fears the Sussexes “want to keep fuelling the soap opera”. “There’s a lack of trust on both sides which makes moving forward very hard,” a source close to Prince William said.“William is now worried that anything he says to his brother will be plastered over American TV.”Controversial British TV presenter Piers Morgan took aim at King, saying she was a “PR mouthpiece” for Harry and Meghan who was “(facilitating) their ongoing public trashing of our Royal Family”.The former Good Morning Britain said King should instead “ask them about all the lies they told”. “America should hear THE truth,” Morgan tweeted. Meantime, a family friend said the Sussexes “want to keep fuelling” the story – despite the Royal Family being preoccupied with Prince Philip’s health. The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to Windsor Castle from a month-long stay in hospital after a successful heart operation.According to Vanity Fair, Prince Harry is understood to have spoken to the Queen since the Oprah interview – and has inquired regularly after Prince Philip’s health.The rift between Prince William and Prince Harry is said to be so deep that it is “unthinkable” they will reunite for the unveiling of a memorial to their mum Princess Diana, sources say.The princes both want to see the statue of their mum unveiled at Kensington Palace in July and sources close to Prince William says he would welcome it if his brother made it to the ceremony.Prince Harry has said that he plans to return but whether they will be at the event together, side-by-side, rests on peace talks — with William saying publicly this week that he wishes to talk to his sibling.But sources say a friendly reunion in front of the cameras is impossible in the current climate.It comes as Prince William and Kate Middleton were again out in public on Thursday (local time) amid the fallout. The royal couple visited a London ambulance station to speak to paramedics about the intense challenges of working during the COVID crisis.Meghan claims fact or fictionThe couple spoke to paramedic Jay Khan’s father Abu Khan over video call after he was forced to stay in Bangladesh during the lockdown when his mother fell ill. “You must be very proud of your daughter,” Prince William said.“Yes we are all very proud of her,” Mr Khan repliedThe royals also joined a call with Jay’s sister Nasrin and granddad Baharam in the UK. “She works very hard and she’s looking forward to seeing you soon,” Prince William told them.“Hopefully it won’t be too long before you can all meet up and see each other again,” Kate added.The couple laughed as Jay told her family: “Say bye now. Let them go.”“We can stay here and do some more family chatting if that works?” Prince William quipped. ‘BREACH OF TRUST’Buckingham Palace is furious after Meghan and Prince Harry were said to have leaked details of their private conversations with Prince Charles and Prince William to the media. Gayle King, CBS This Morning presenter and friend of the Duchess of Sussex, revealed she had spoken to the couple and that the conversations with members of the royal family had been “unproductive”.Senior palace staff are believed to be outraged over the leak, which has been branded “a shocking breach of trust” by a royal expert.The Queen said an investigation into the couple’s claims in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey would be “addressed by the family privately”.Buckingham Palace banned aides from talking about the Oprah fallout and refused to confirm whether Prince Charles and Prince William had spoken to Harry.But speaking on US TV, Ms King, 66, confirmed that Prince Harry, 36, had spoken to his father and brother.She also said no one from the royal family had spoken to Meghan, 39, since the Oprah interview.“Well, I’m not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they are feeling and it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father, too,” Ms King said on CBS.“The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation.”Royal biographer Penny Junor described the leaked details as “a shocking breach of trust”.“The family will worry that anything they say to Harry will end up on American television,” she said, according to The Sun.Meantime, Kate Middleton and Prince William were all smiles as they delivered a St Patrick’s Day message to Ireland.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined world leaders in the celebrations, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.The couple appeared in a video greeting, along with US president Joe Biden, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern, Mr Morrison and others. Prince William began by delivering a greeting in Irish: “Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh” – Happy St Patrick’s Day,” reports The Sun.Kate followed by saying: “We’re delighted to wish you all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day.”“How come you got that easy bit?” Prince William laughed.Ignoring the drama around his family, Prince William and Kate, both dressed in green, recalled the warm welcome they received during their visit to Ireland last March.“We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all of our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic,” Prince William said.“The warm welcome that we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries, and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland,” Kate added.Prince William continued: “We know that for Irish people all around the world today won’t be the same as normal, but we hope you can celebrate safely in any case.”The duke, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and the duchess traditionally attend the Guards’ St Patrick’s Day parade each year at barracks in London.“Almost one third of Australia have an ancestral connection to Ireland, including myself,” Mr Morrison said. “Your country has influenced the soul of ours and so many around the world.”KATE ‘MORTIFIED’ Kate Middleton is said to be mortified” and “saddened” by her sister-in-law’s claims about their alleged argument in the bombshell Oprah interview.During the interview, which aired last week, Meghan alleged that her sister-in-law Kate made her cry in 2018, rather than the other way around, as was widely reported by the at the time.But royal expert Katie Nicholls has said that Kate is unhappy with Meghan’s claims and that she would never have wanted the issue to be brought up in public again.“From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed,” Nicholls told OK Magazine.“Kate felt it was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying. Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that.”Nicholls added that Kate has “never wanted” reports of a rift with Meghan to be published in the press.“Kate is so discreet and respects her personal life,” she said.“You never hear about her falling out with anyone because she is very careful with how she treats others. Kate and William both feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry.”– with The Sun

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