TV presenter Gayle King, who is a friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's (she was in attendance at Meghan's baby shower for Archie!), says she called the couple to check in on them following their tell-all Oprah interview, and that Harry's conversations with the royal family have so far been "not productive".
Speaking on CBS This Morning, King said that Harry has been in touch with his brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles, but that Meghan has not been contacted by any royal family members, "Well, I did actually call them [Meghan and Harry] to see how they were feeling. It’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father, too," King began. "The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation."
She continued on to say that the Sussexes remain upset that the Palace have not shut down negative stories about Meghan, also alleging that the Palace are responsible for some of the press that has upset the Duchess: "I think what is still upsetting to them is that the Palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately but yet they release these false stories that are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan still. No one in the family has talked to Meghan yet or at this particular time. "
King said that the issue of race has also been a source of frustration when it comes to the conversations the Sussexes want the royal family to engage in them with too. During their interview with Oprah, Meghan expressed that one nameless family member had "concerns" over the colour of the then-unborn Archie's skin.
"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," King said. "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. They want healing in this family. At the end of the day, it’s Harry’s family."
Following Meghan and Harry's primetime interview, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
The comment also said that Meghan, Harry and Archie will "always be much loved family members".
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