The official word from the queen is that the royal family is addressing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey privately. But behind closed doors, Prince William is said to be “devastated” about what his brother and sister-in-law revealed on CBS March 7.
“William is devastated by this interview,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight, per Us Weekly. According to Nicholl, Prince William is particularly upset about Kate Middleton being brought into the conversation. (Markle told Winfrey rumors she made Middleton cry before her 2018 wedding weren’t true. In fact, the Duchess of Sussex says Middleton made her cry.) Reportedly, per Nicholl, the Duchess of Cambridge has “behind the scenes…tried really hard to be a peacemaker between William and Harry” and was close to Prince Harry at one point.
In the interview, Markle actually spoke highly of Middleton, calling her “a good person” and saying she apologized for the pre-wedding incident. Markle only brought it up to highlight the fact that what was reported in the tabloids was not correct, and the palace didn’t do anything to refute it.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, is reportedly upset as well. “Royal author” Sarah Gristwood told Vanity Fair Prince Charles is “in a state of despair” over the interview. But this despair, per Gristwood, is more about perception than love of family. Gristwood speculates that “just at a time when by and large Charles had started to look like a more popular king than one would have guessed, here’s a major blow to his reputation. That his son felt let down by him. It’s hard to know if Harry is aware of the damage this has done. Did he actually intend to cast this damaging light on his father and his family? We don’t know.”