Prince Charles, William wanted to correct Meghan Markle and Harry's claims but didn't want to give 'ammunition'
Royal expert Kate Nicholl revealed that Prince Charles and Prince William were keen to send out a point-by-point response but decided against it
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a number of claims about the royal family life, the response from 'the Firm' regarding the British press hounding Meghan among other things. Some of the claims made by them also led to the public believing that members of the royal family could be racists.
In response to this, royal expert Kate Nicholl has said that Prince Charles wanted to provide a point-by-point response, but decided against it because he did not want to give their claims "more ammunition". Nicholl noted that both Prince Charles and William wanted to respond to the claims, and correct a few allegations made by Prince Harry on the interview.
Speaking to ET Online, Nicholl said, "My understanding is that Prince Charles did want to issue a more detailed statement [in response] to the Oprah interview and possibly address some of those issues point by point." She then added, "But there was an evening to think about things and in the end, it was decided that a shorter statement would be better, [and] that going at things point by point could be potentially more damaging and give more ammunition for the row to continue."
She also said that she believed that the two royal members of the family were keen on correcting allegations and said, "I think Prince Charles and Prince William were keen to correct some of the things that the couple had said." She also revealed that Prince Charles was "particularly frustrated" with how Prince Harry had alleged that his father had cut him off financially. She said, "If you speak to sources in Charles' camp, that wasn't the case," and explained. "He did continue funding them for quite some time after they moved first to Canada and then to America."
Nicholl also said, "so yes, I think there was at one point the feeling that they did want to address more than just the issue of race." These claims come after Gayle King claimed that the discussion between Prince Harry and Prince Charles was not fruitful. She had said on CBS, "well, I'm 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 he has talked to his father too. The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation."
King then added, "And I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still. No one in the royal family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time. And I think it's frustrating for them to see that it's a racial conversation about the royal family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant."
She also observed, "And until you can acknowledge that, I think it's going to be hard 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, that is Harry's family."