Harry ‘frustrated’ by royal family response
Prince Harry has torched an olive branch from Prince William, saying that a conversation with his brother following his bombshell Oprah interview was "unproductive".
Details have emerged of the first private chat between the royal brothers in a year following an extraordinary briefing to an American TV host.
Prince Harry and Meghan spoke with CBS anchor Gayle King about conversations that the duke had with Prince William, 38, as well as a private chat with Prince Charles.
They spoke following Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
But "no-one" in the Royal Family has yet spoken to Meghan.
Ms King said "Houston we have a problem" in reference to the famous call from Apollo 13 astronauts about an explosion on their spaceship in 1970 when discussing the matter.
The Californian couple accused the Royal Family of racism and said that Meghan did not receive any help when she was having suicidal thoughts.
"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," Ms King, 66, said on CBS This Morning.
"The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive but they are glad that they have at least started a conversation."
In a concrete sign of the "new era" that their friend Janina Gavankar, 40, revealed last week, Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, are now giving a running commentary on the feud.
The leak to Ms King came within hours of a frail-looking Prince Philip, 99, leaving a London hospital after a month of treatment for a heart condition.
It adds to complications with Prince Harry's plan to attend his grandfather's 100th birthday and the unveiling of a statue in honour of his late mother Princess Diana on July 1.
The latest shot in the royal war was fired following reports in The Sunday Times in London about a bullying investigation into the way Meghan allegedly treated staff, which she has described as a "smear campaign".
Buckingham Palace has hired independent lawyers to probe the claims, with their former staffers likely to be called up to provide statements.
Prince Harry and Meghan were unlikely to be asked to give evidence in the bullying investigation.
Ms King revealed that the couple were angry at the story that detailed the process of the investigation.
"And I think what is still upsetting to them is that the palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately," she said.
"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 …"
The exiled couple were not satisfied with the royals' response to their claims of racism, based on a comment that an unnamed senior family member asked "how dark" baby Archie's skin would be, Ms King added.
"I think it's frustrating that it's a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate false stories, that definitely have a racial slant," she said.
"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 both want healing in this family, at the end of the day that's Harry's family."
And she questioned the timing of the bullying complaint against Meghan, which resurfaced following a report in The Times ahead of the Oprah interview.
"The bullying thing was raised in 2018 and now there's an ongoing investigation about bullying from Meghan Markle when anyone that's worked for her will tell you exactly who she is," Ms King said.
"She's really a very sweet caring person and as I say, Meghan has documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah's interview.
"The family has to acknowledge that there are issues, right now no-one is acknowledging Houston we have a problem here.
"They want a conversation, they both want a conversation."
The Queen had said that the dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan would be settled privately in a 61-word statement released two days after the Oprah "special" had aired.
The Queen, 94, also said that she would probe racism allegations raised by Prince Harry and Meghan, which she described as concerning.
However, she added that some recollections may vary.
In Britain, the focus was on Prince Philip, who returned to see the Queen at Windsor Castle after 28 days in hospital.
Prince Charles, 72, during a visit to a mosque in Finsbury Park north London that has become a COVID-19 vaccine centre, said he was "thrilled" that his father was out of hospital and that he had spoken with him several times.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, also revealed that she had the AstraZeneca jab, following a decision by France, Germany and Italy to suspend the use of the jab while an investigation was done into claims that it caused blood clots.
The duchess said that she did not have any side effects.
Originally published as Harry 'frustrated' by royal family response