Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on relationship with William
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Royal commentator Angela Levin discussed the impact the two-hour-long interview with Oprah could have on Prince Harry’s relationship with Prince William after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex put the spotlight on senior members of the Royal Family. The author was asked by commentator Andrew Pierce whether she thinks the Sussexes will eventually be able to rebuild relations with their family across the pond.
But Ms Levin said the decision to drag Kate into the interview could have long-term repercussions, especially on the relationship between the brothers.
Appearing on The Andrew Pierce Show, Ms Levin said: “I suspect what happens in the end is that William and Harry will have a sort of, ‘Gosh is colder today than it was yesterday’ type of relationship.
“I don’t think William would ever forgive Harry because he feels very protective of his wife and he is shocked at their rudeness about the Queen.
“So I think you can’t really repair that.”
However, she believes Kate, who used to be very close to Prince Harry and comes from a “stable background” could play an important role in mending this rift.
Ms Levin added: “But I think that Catherine, who comes from a very stable background and is very caring about families might try to persuade him to have at least some sort of relationship.”
Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah aired in the UK on Monday evening, sending shockwaves across the country.
In this landmark chat with the US journalist, Meghan touched upon claims widely reported in November 2018 according to which she had made Kate cry.
However, the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah it had actually been the other way round, with Kate reducing her to tears during a clash over the dresses of flower girls ahead of the Sussexes’ wedding.
The Duchess added: “She made me cry and it really hurt my feelings… I thought in the context of everything else going on in the days before the wedding, didn’t it make sense to do what everyone else was doing knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.”
Meghan said she didn’t share this detail “to be in any way disparaging about” Kate but, rather, because she hoped her sister-in-law also “would have wanted that corrected”.
The Duchess of Sussex also said that, following their clash, Kate “owned it and apologised”, giving her a handwritten note and flowers.
Prince Harry also spoke about his relationship with his brother, saying it is one “of space, at the moment.”
He said: “I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together.
“I mean, we have a shared experience. But we… you know, we’re on… we’re on different paths.”
During their groundbreaking interview, Meghan also claimed that, while the Duchess was pregnant, there had been “concerns” over the colour of her baby’s skin.
These discussions, she said, were held in tandem with ones regarding his title and entitlement to security.
Yesterday, Prince William sensationally responded to questions during an engagement at a London school.
Asked by a reporter whether he had spoken to his brother, he answered: “I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will do.”
Pressed by the reporter on whether the Royal Family is racist following Meghan’s claim there were “concerns” regarding Archie’s skin colour before he was born, William added: “We are very much not a racist family”.
ITV royal editor Chris Ship said yesterday the brothers have rarely been in touch over the past year, since Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he said: “There is a huge distance I would say, for example, I know that the two brothers have not actually spoken directly for the best part of a year.
Prince William ‘is livid’ about Oprah interview claims expert
“Actually what the documentary has done because it has been that big, is started some movement as it was described to me.
“No more than that, but some movement between the two brothers, I do not know what that is, it could be some messaging between them.
“It could be that their two private offices are talking and arranging an interview, this is how distant they have become.”
In January, royal commentator Katie Nicholl reported the relationship between the brothers had improved over Christmas, with the Cambridges and the Sussexes sending each other presents and speaking over the phone.
This, she noted, was particularly extraordinary in the wake of claims Prince William was so mad at his brother in January 2020 he could not even bring himself to have lunch with him, the Queen and Prince Charles before their summit in Sandringham.
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