Prince William 'cut himself off from the world' after Prince Harry's shock move

"He was not eating, and he became – not reclusive – but he definitely was hiding away."

Prince William was reportedly 'sick with worry' over Prince Harry's surprise move to do a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

The Prince of Wales is believed to have "cut himself off from the world" as Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, prepared to sit down with Oprah.

Prince Harry and Prince William
Prince William reportedly 'cut himself off from the world' after Prince Harry made the surprise move to do an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Getty

"I’ve heard this for a long time now from many different sources … in the lead-up to that Oprah interview, William was quite literally sick with worry," Charlotte Griffiths, editor-at-large for the Mail on Sunday, revealed on GB News.

"He was not eating, and he became – not reclusive – but he definitely was hiding away,” she alleged. “He went to a royal residence for a period of time to cut himself off from the world. He was just in bits, basically."


Griffiths added that it was then that Kate Middleton became more protective of William, "And what Kate was doing was standing by her man. Kate was like: ‘I’ve got to stick up for this guy and protect him. He’s being destroyed by this,’ and that probably made her quite steely, even though she has this reputation for being shy."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah Winfrey in early 2021. Photo: CBS

It comes following reports the statement issued by the late Queen following the tell-all interview only included the statement "some recollections may vary" because Kate requested it be added in.

In an excerpt shared with The Times, Courtiers author Valentine Low claims that William and Kate, along with palace officials, got together to figure out how to deal with Harry and Meghan's allegations, including that Kate made Meghan cry in the lead-up to her wedding over bridesmaids dresses.


"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," the Queen's statement read at the time. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It comes following reports Kate pushed for a 'tougher' response to Harry and Meghan after the interview. Photo: Getty

Low claims the first version of the statement was "much milder", with Kate pushing for it to be "toughened up a bit".

According to the author, Kate is "playing the long game" as she will one day be Queen.

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