Prince William urged to ‘pick up the phone’ to Harry as royals face huge test at weekend

Prince William: Expert tells royal to ‘pick up the phone’

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Prince William said on Thursday that Britain’s royals were not racist after Meghan Markle claimed an unnamed member of the Royal Family had asked how dark their son Archie’s skin might be. Royal correspondent Peter Hunt said his comments on the matter highlight how “fractured” the relationship is between the brothers. He urged the Duke of Cambridge to speak to his brother instead of communicating through the press.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Hunt said: “Three days on, William has told us he has not yet picked up the phone to this couple.

“It just highlights yet again how absolutely fractured is that relationship between two brothers who were once unbelievably close.”

Asked about the lack of off-the-record briefing from royal staffers since the airing of the interview, he added: “I think the crucial test will be at the weekend.

“The weekend, if the Sunday royal reporters don’t have any stories because they aren’t being briefed, then I think that’s a clear indication that those within the Palace have suddenly realised it does have to stop.

“In recent weeks there’s been a barrage of such leaks and the only way this family was communicating was either through Oprah or off-the-record briefings.

“It will be interesting to see if that carries on and holds tight over the next few days and into the weekend.

“Instead of it, they could just pick up the phone.”

Meghan, 39, had made the allegation during an explosive tell-all interview that she and Harry, 36, gave to Oprah Winfrey and which was aired on Sunday, plunging the British monarchy into its biggest crisis since the death of Princess Diana, William and Harry’s mother.

Prince William: Royals are 'very much not a racist family'

On a visit to a school in east London, William said he had not talked to Harry since the interview was broadcast just over three days ago.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do,” William, 38, said.

Asked by a reporter if the royal family was racist, William said: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

In the two-hour show, nearly three years after their star-studded wedding in Windsor Castle, Meghan said the royals had ignored her pleas for help while she felt suicidal, while Harry said his father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, had let him down and that he had felt trapped.

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On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth, the princes’ grandmother, in which she said the family were saddened by how challenging the couple had found the last few years.

But it was the couple’s accusation that one of the royals had made a racist comment which has dominated coverage and has the potential to cause lasting damage to the 1,000-year-old monarchy.

In the statement from the queen, the palace said issues of race were concerning and would be treated very seriously but pointedly stated “some recollections may vary”.

The Palace has said that it was a family matter that should be dealt with privately.

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