Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn't hold back while speaking with Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired on March 7, and now Prince William would like to defend himself after the Duchess, 39, claimed someone in the royal family was "concerned" over Archie's skin color, and that the couple felt unsupported while living in the U.K.
“William is struggling to hold back,” a source told Us Weekly. “He wants to get his side out there.”
For one, William, 39, wants to "protect [his wife] Kate [Middleton]" after Meghan claimed that the mom-of-three made her cry ahead of her 2018 wedding, the insider dished, adding that he also wants to "clear the racial allegations."
However, “the queen is insisting that the royals handle the matter privately,” the source noted, adding that Queen Elizabeth II “thinks that retaliating will only add fuel to the fire and make the situation worse.”
While speaking with Winfrey, Harry revealed where he stands with his older sibling. “I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together, and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths," he explained of their relationship.
The red-headed royal also claimed that his brother and father Prince Charles are "trapped" within the royal family.
“My brother can’t leave that system,” he said. “I can’t speak for him. But with that relationship and that control and the fear by the U.K. tabloids, it’s a toxic environment. But I will always be there for him. I will always be there for my family. And as I said, I’ve tried to help them to see what has happened.”
A few days after the interview made waves, the Queen responded to the bombshell allegations.
“The following statement is issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement, which was shared on social media on Tuesday, March 9, began.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Meanwhile, William quickly fired back, telling reporters: "We are very much not a racist family."
“I don’t think they could ever have the same closeness that they had before,” royal expert Angela Levin shared.
“Prince Harry told me that William was the only person he could really trust and the only person he could say anything to because of their unique experience of losing a mother,” Levin — who previously interviewed Harry for her 2018 book, Harry: A Biography of a Prince — said. “They have a lot in common, although they’re very different personalities. But I think it’s gone too far.”