Royal family 'horrified' by Oprah interview says insider
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Throughout the decades, the Royal Family has shown its ability to adapt to the changing world and survive crises. Despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dealing a heavy blow to the Firm with their two-hour-long chat with Oprah Winfrey, a royal commentator said the Royal Family will “come back in some form”.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star: “The royals have a habit of fighting back.
“They have tended to adapt over the years. I am sure they will come back in some form.”
The Royal Family, he believes, needs to mend the rift with Prince Harry and Meghan.
However, not knowing what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “are really after” is making the healing process all the more challenging.
He said: “You must know the route you are going. The only route is of some healing.
“But how can you heal rifts when you are unaware what it is the Sussexes are after?
“It’s going to be very challenging.”
Mr Fitzwilliams also said the Sussexes’ decision to relay private details of Prince Harry’s conversations with his father and brother to US broadcaster Gayle King isn’t helping the healing process.
He said: “What’s their real agenda? [The interview] has caused huge damage.
“What is it the Sussexes really want and are really after?
“Until we know that, you aren’t building up trust if you let a friend talk about sensitive matters on TV.”
Ms King, a US broadcaster and friend of the Duchess of Sussex, revealed last week during CBS This Morning she was told by the Sussexes Prince Harry had finally spoken with Prince William and Prince Charles, a week after the Oprah interview aired in the US.
However, she added, their talks had been “unproductive”.
She said: “I am not trying to break news but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling and it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and his father too.
“The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive.”
However, she added, Meghan and Harry “are glad they at least started a conversation.”
Ms King, who attended Meghan’s baby shower in New York in February 2019, also said: “And I think what it is still upsetting to them is that the palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately and yet they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan still.
The broadcaster added no member of the Royal Family had “talked to Meghan yet at this particular time”.
She continued: “I think it is frustrating for them to see there is a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair inaccurate false stories that have a racial slant.
“And until you can’t acknowledge that I think it’s going to be difficult to move forward, but they both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family, at the end of the day this is Harry’s family.”
The Royal Family chose to respond to the interview through a brief statement issued by the Queen two days after it first aired in the US.
In her message, the monarch said the whole family was “saddened” to learn how challenging the Sussexes had found the last few years and that it will address “privately” the issues raised.
After this statement was issued, Prince William made the rare decision to respond to the questions of a reporter during a royal engagement.
Following Meghan’s claims there had been conversations surrounding “how dark” the skin of her firstborn would be while she was pregnant with Archie, William was asked whether the Royal Family was racist.
He replied: “We are very much not a racist family”.
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