'Shocked' Prince William & Kate Middleton Didn't Know 'Extent' Of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Troubles, Claims Source

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Mar. 10 2021, Updated 12:06 p.m. ET

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Prince William and wife Kate Middleton "were in total shock after hearing" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's stories during their March 7 interview with Oprah Winfrey, claimed a source.

"What shocked them the most was Meghan's suicidal thoughts and their quotes on a royal family member mentioning Archie's skin color," the source spilled. "William and Kate knew about some of their troubles with palace aides, but nothing to this extent."

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The source noted the duo "feel horrible" for Harry and Meghan — however, they "still wish" they had "not tried to take down the royal family" on TV.

"William and Kate feel that these conversations could have been made in private," the source told Us Weekly.

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In Harry and Meghan's tell-all, the former admitted that he and his brother are giving each other "space," while the Suits actress revealed that despite a report claiming the opposite, Kate had actually made her cry prior to her and Harry's 2018 wedding.

"William is devastated by this interview," royal expert Katie Nicholl shared with Entertainment Tonight. "Don't forget that the Duchess of Cambridge is being dragged into this whole saga."

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"I think that the idea that Kate's being dragged into this will be upsetting for Kate who behind the scenes has tried really hard to be a peacemaker between William and Harry," Nicholl explained. "She has been deeply saddened by the brothers' falling out. Don't forget she was incredibly close to Harry herself."

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"Harry has said time is a healer and it is," she added. "But I think there are so many raw emotions here, that it's far too early to talk about any kind of family reunion."

After the interview aired, they royal family released a statement to address the allegations that were made.

"The following statement is issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry," the letter read. "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."

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