On Thursday March 11, 2021, Prince William became the first senior Windsor official to respond directly to the series of allegations made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While the latter revealed that he had not spoken to his brother since his interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, his comments were greeted by insiders who said Kate Middleton’s husband had “done very well. considering the emotion and the enormity of it all. ” Last night royal insiders claimed Prince William was ready to stand alongside the Duke of Sussex as the statue of their late mother is unveiled. Sources told the Mirror: “Tensions are, without a doubt, high, but they both realize that it is important to at least put any difference aside for the ceremony. There is definitely a feeling that the two camps are ready to come together and unite for such a special occasion. “
Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, the official residences of Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, both reportedly supported William’s solo intervention on Thursday March 11, 2021. While Prince William and his wife attended a school in east London to support a mental health support service for young people, it was at the insistence of a journalist who asked him if he had spoken to Prince Harry in recent days that Prince William had said, “I haven’t spoken to Harry yet, but I will.” After the reporter asked him if the royal family was racist, he added: “We really are not a racist family.” Kensington Palace declined to comment, saying the Duke of Cambridge had said everything he wanted to say. However, sources confirmed that the questions were entirely spontaneous and that Prince William had not prepared his answer.
“We take this very seriously”
Prince William’s statement came after Buckingham Palace on Tuesday March 9, 2021 issued a statement on behalf of the Queen expressing the family’s sadness to learn “the full extent of the challenge of recent years for Harry and Meghan. ” The statement said the issues they raised, particularly race issues, were of great “concern.” However, it was clear that Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family want to set the record straight. “We take this very seriously and will discuss it with the family in private,” it read before it was made clear: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will forever remain loved members of the family.”
Prince Charles, Elizabeth II, Prince George and Prince William © Royal Mail via Bestimage