Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive claims still very ‘raw’ – issues ‘unresolved’

Meghan Markle will be ‘incredibly sad’ says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s sit-down chat with the US chat show host aired last month, which saw the couple make a number of incendiary claims against the Royal Family. The pair accused an unnamed family member of racism and Harry claimed both Prince William and Prince Charles are “trapped” within the institution. The interview prompted a fierce backlash in the UK, and an expert has said the fall-out is “still raw” among royal circles.

Royal commentator Richard Kay has said there remain several “unresolved” issues within the Royal Family, in the wake of the Oprah interview.

Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, he said: “The fall-out from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview is still raw and its issues, not least the claims that a member of the Royal Family had made racist comments about the colour of their son Archie’s skin, remain unresolved.”

But the expert did point out there were signs of hope for a reconciliation between Harry and his brother at Saturday’s funeral.

He was referring to the moment at the end of the service, when the two Duke’s walked side-by-side and chatted for a brief moment.

The decision to ditch the limousines, which were meant to take them up the hill to Windsor Castle, was a momentous one, according to Mr Kay.

He said: “For instead of hiding behind the bulletproof glass of their chauffeur-driven cars, the family walked side by side together, ripped off their face masks and talked.

“This could have been a moment of risk, instead it allowed us the first glimpse of the possibility that somehow William and Harry can put their bitter split behind them and rebuild that once whisper-close bond.

“It is hard to read too much into this encounter, for it was all too brief, but if there is to be reconciliation between the brothers, this was surely the moment of its inception.”

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He added: “Clambering into cars to travel silently back to the castle might have preserved royal dignity, but going by foot allowed us to see them in all their vulnerability.

“Crucially it also provided a chance to build bridges between William and Harry and it was Kate who seized the opportunity.

“As they emerged into the castle precincts she was already chatting animatedly with Harry.

“With no cars to collect them there was no alternative but to walk.

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“Soon William, who had exchanged pleasantries with the Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, had joined them.

“And just as she had arrived at Harry’s side, Kate then melted away.”

But royal insiders have cautioned not to read too much into their brief chat.

One royal figure told the Mail: “Make no mistake, this was as much for the benefit of the cameras as anything substantial.

“Don’t read too much into it. Baby steps maybe.”

But the two brothers are understood to have spent two hours together after the funeral service.

Their father Prince Charles was also present, sparking hopes their relationship will be mended.

A source told the Sun: “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”

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