Prince William and Kate Middleton refused to have a sit-down with Prince Harry following Prince Phillip’s funeral because they feared Meghan Markle would leak details to her pals in the media.
While the trio was photographed chatting for several minutes after the service, that was the extent of it.
However, new details have emerged that their interactions were brief — and restrained.
Royal historian Robert Lacey wrote in the updated version of his book, Battle of the Brothers, no conversation occurred because of Kate and Wills’ PR fears.
“They told friends that they could see no point in talking to Harry since any discussion of substance would go straight back to Meghan to be leaked via Oprah [Winfrey] or some other tentacle of the Sussex network,” Lacey wrote.
Their fears were well-founded.
Markle’s friend, TV personality Gayle King, revealed on CBS that Prince Harry had talks with his brother and father after his interview with Oprah but the talks were “not productive”.
King proclaimed: “Well, I did actually call them to see how they are feeling, it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and his father, too. The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation.”
Lacey added that Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex snubbed Harry at the service for a reason.
“People felt incensed by what they saw as the calculated and focused cruelty of the TV interview and by the hypocrisy of Meghan — relating so brightly to Oprah how she had phoned the Queen to show her concern about Philip’s condition without even considering, apparently, the impact that their televised catalogue of grievance might have upon the invalid’s morale and health,” Lacey wrote.