Aside from telling a reporter that the royals are “very much not a racist family,” Prince William hasn’t said much — er, anything — about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all Oprah interview. But apparently, he wants to!
A source tells Us Weekly that “the Queen is insisting that the royals handle the matter privately” and she “thinks that retaliating will only add fuel to the fire and make the situation worse.”
However, William reportedly wants to defend the royals against some of Meghan and Harry’s claims, with the source saying, “William is struggling to hold back. He wants to get his side out there.”
According to the report, William specifically wants “firstly to protect Kate [Middleton]” in regards to Meghan saying Kate made her cry at a bridesmaid fitting ahead of the royal wedding. He also wants to “clear the racial allegations” surrounding Meghan and Harry’s revelation that the royals expressed racist “concern” about the color of Archie’s skin.
During his interview with Oprah, Harry opened up about his brother, saying, “I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together, and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths.” He also claimed that William is “trapped” in the royal family, explaining, “My brother can’t leave that system. I can’t speak for him. But with that relationship and that control and the fear by the UK tabloids, it’s a toxic environment. But I will always be there for him. I will always be there for my family. And as I said, I’ve tried to help them to see what has happened.”
As a reminder, Buckingham Palace issued a brief statement on the interview, saying, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While 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.”
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