Royal family blow to peace summit: Harry rift with Charles & William deepen as talks fail

Prince Harry ‘obviously felt bad’ after interview says expert

The first steps towards ending the monarchy’s worst crisis since Princess Diana’s death led to Harry chatting to both his brother and father, according to US news host Gayle King. Palace officials have been desperate to keep a lid on the bust-up that erupted after the Duke and Duchess gave an explosive interview to chat show queen Oprah Winfrey. King – who has joined Oprah as a close friend of Harry and Meghan – revealed the further blow to the family’s shattered relationships, live on air in America.

She said: “I did actually call [the Duke and Duchess] to see how they were feeling and it’s true Harry has talked to his brother and 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.

“And I think what is still upsetting to them is that the Palace keeps 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.

“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.” The intervention by King, 66, on CBS This Morning adds fuel to an increasingly toxic briefing war that is being conducted by the respective rival royal camps.

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Talks between Prince Harry, Prince William and Charles have broken down (Image: Getty)

Meghan claims that she and the couple’s son Archie were discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.

Ex-Palace staff, meanwhile, have alleged the Duchess bullied staff. One former senior aide said: “It’s despicable that she’s played the race card.”

The Sussexes have accused a royal household member – not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – of raising concerns about how dark Archie’s skin tone would be.

Meghan also claimed she asked for help when she was suicidal, but said the institution gave her no support.

King spoke out after Michelle Obama urged Harry and Meghan to heal their rift with Buckingham Palace.

The former US First Lady, who knows Harry well, revealed her thoughts about the Oprah interview.

Mrs Obama said on Access Hollywood yesterday: “My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time.

“Because there’s nothing more important than family.”

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Michelle Obama encouraged Meghan and Harry to heal the rift (Image: Getty)

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, opened up about their time as senior royals during their tell-all session with Oprah.

Their bombshell claims included that they had been cut off financially, that Archie was prevented from being made a prince – and that there were “concerns and conversations about how dark [their son’s] skin might be”.

Mrs Obama had been asked on America’s Today show about her time in the White House with her president husband Barack.

Jenna Bush Hager said to her: “I wonder, when you watched Meghan Markle speak out the other night, what went through your mind?”

The 57-year-old replied: “Public service, it’s a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don’t understand it, and nor should they.

“The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us in public service. It’s about the people that we serve.

“I always try to push the light back out and focus it on the folks that we are actually here to serve.”

Bush Hager then asked about racism, after the Duchess claimed to Oprah that prior to Archie’s birth his skin tone was questioned.

“But what about when she talked about the fact that she experienced racism?” she asked. “I feel like that was heartbreaking to hear, that she felt like she was in her own family, her own family thought differently of her.”

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Harry and Meghan opened up about their time as senior royals (Image: Getty)

Mrs Obama, who met most of the Royal Family when she was First Lady, replied: “Race isn’t a new construct in this world for people of colour, and so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear her feelings and to have them articulated. The thing that I hope for and the thing I think about is that this, first and foremost, is a family.”

She added: “I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so that they can use this as a teachable moment for us all.”

Last week, Prince William denied claims that his family is racist.

His rebuttal came after a Palace statement on behalf of the Queen, expressing how issues raised by Harry and Meghan – particularly racism – were “concerning” but adding “recollections may vary”.

Meanwhile it has emerged that a suspected trespasser held at the Sussexes’ California home has previously been convicted of assault.

According to court records, Nickolas Brooks was once sentenced to prison. The 37-year-old, from Heath, Ohio, is said to have driven more than 2,300 miles to the £11million Montecito mansion.

He was stopped by police on December 24 and given a warning but returned two days later and was arrested for trespassing.

Brooks served 90 days in jail after he was convicted in 2004 of taking part in an assault on a victim who suffered a facial fracture.

Two years later he was found to have violated his probation by driving while under the influence of alcohol and by not completing a drug treatment programme.

Brooks has said he may have been “high” as he drove to Harry and Meghan’s home.

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