Royal Family wanted to rebuild Meghan and Harry bond before Oprah ‘The war had stopped’

Prince William 'angry' about Oprah Winfrey interview says expert

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A source said that after announcing they were permanently stepping back as senior royals in January – Buckingham Palace wanted to call a halt to hostilities. But any chance of that happening was firmly blown out of the water when they “went nuclear” and accused an unnamed member of the family of racism during the highly controversial interview.

Prince William has since insisted the royals are “very much not a racist family”.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said during her interview she felt suicidal and claimed her pleas for help were ignored by courtiers.

Prince Harry, 36, was equally scathing, claiming that he was “trapped” in the Royal Family.

It has since emerged that before the interview sent them running for cover, the royals were trying to extend an olive branch to the couple after they relocated to America.

An insider told Sky News that with the Sussexes settled in America and the work separation sorted “the rest of the family had wanted to concentrate on rebuilding the personal relationships”.

The insider added: “The war has stopped so it’s probably best to stop bombing.”

But they explained that the interview has ended any chance of a reconciliation.

They said that “just agreeing to an interview felt like unnecessary point-scoring, but was also a surprising move for a couple who want to protect their privacy”.

The couple has faced criticism for claiming they wanted to live a private life but then signing multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify.

Omid Scobie, the author of Royal biography Finding Freedom, said the couple never wanted a totally private life, but a different kind of public life.

He said: “I think we have to really understand what privacy actually means.

“It is the ability to have control over what you keep private about your life and what you decide to share.

“So no, they don’t want Meghan’s handwritten letters to her father in the pages of a British paper and neither do they want their staff leaking stories to the press.

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“What they do want is the opportunity to control the narrative around their own lives and, given we’ve spent the past three or four years talking about them, I think it’s fair to let them have a couple of hours.”

Other royal observers have disputed many of the claims the couple made during their Oprah interview.

Leading royal biographer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that royals “are not trapped at all”.

Mr Vickers said: “They are working within the system, and what I think is terribly disappointing is that Harry and Meghan could have gone on working within the system because the Queen actually gave them the whole of the Commonwealth to deal with.

“They were both extremely interested in that at the beginning. They were both very, very good at those roles.

“Meghan had even addressed the United Nations before marrying into the Royal Family.

“When she first came on the scene I said she was the first royal bride to address the United Nations.

“They had so many opportunities. But it didn’t seem to be quite good enough for them.”

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