The Prince and Princess of Wales took their children to school yesterday instead of tuning in to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell documentary, a royal expert has claimed.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, are said to have been focusing on their parenting duties and sticking to ‘business as usual’ amid the highly anticipated release, which saw Meghan appearing to brand the Princess as a subdued alternative to the Sussexes’ fiery activism.
Putting on a united front against The Firm, she and Prince Harry claimed that they’re now telling the story in their own words.
But senior aides told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that ‘keep calm and carry on’ was the motto at The Palace, with the family not expected to make remarks ‘at every twist and turn’.
The Prince of Wales (pictured with the Queen, his wife, and their children in June) didn’t watch his brother’s Netflix documentary as soon as it aired at 8am UK-time yesterday – and instead took his children to school, royal insiders told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, in the release revealed she was ‘barefoot’ and wearing ripped jeans when she first met Will and Kate.
Meghan admitted she did not know the ‘formality’ carries through behind closed doors and that she is a ‘hugger’ – which she did not realise was ‘jarring for some Brits’.
In the explosive new Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, the former actress admitted she was ‘surprised’ there is a ‘forward facing way of being and then you close the door’.
She said: ‘Even when Will and Kate came over and I was meeting her for the first time I remember I was in ripped jeans, I was barefoot. Like I was a hugger, I have always been a hugger I didn’t realise that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.’
The Duchess of Sussex , 41, in the release revealed she was ‘barefoot’ and wearing ripped jeans when she first met Will and Kate
King Charles appeared in great spirits as he attended a community hub in King’s Cross, London on Thursday
Meanwhile King Charles also seemed to show no hint of turmoil and appeared in great spirits as he attended a community hub in London on Thursday.
The monarch, 74, beamed as he met volunteers and beneficiaries of local community initiatives in King’s Cross, during a visit to King’s House, which is a community hub founded by King’s Cross Church.
The royal tried to tune out the the noise surrounding his son’s bombshell series, in which the couple took a series of new swipes at the Royal Family and Britain in their new series which is being described as a transatlantic ‘TV bomb’ aimed at The Firm.
Episode one begins with a thinly-veiled attack on Buckingham Palace’s decision not to co-operate with their six-part documentary charting their courtship, marriage and Megxit.
Meghan revealed she was ‘barefoot’ and wearing ripped jeans when she first met Prince William and Kate
As part of their $100million deal with Netflix, the privacy-conscious couple have handed over a trove of pictures and video from their relationship including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filming himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he emigrated in March 2020.
The first three episodes contain a series of barbs, including Harry’s claim that he was ‘literally brought up’ by a ‘second family’ in Africa where he chose to spend three-month stints in his late teens and twenties as he came to terms with his mother’s death.
Harry also describes a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family – with reference to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace.
And in a swipe at the choice of wives by his male relatives, viewed as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan sets him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’.
Meghan revealed she was ‘barefoot’ and wearing ripped jeans when she first met Prince William and Kate (pictured this month)
He said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her – and they believed it wouldn’t last.
Senior royals were said to be bracing for the worst and will be prepared to address any unfounded accusations as the new series drops on the streaming service.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had already made a number of claims in two trailers released by Netflix in recent days, saying they had no protection from the Palace and accused aides of actively leaking and ‘planting’ stories against them as part of a ‘dirty game’.
But the Royal Family was said to believe that the series will actually by slim on new revelations.
Kate, William, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019
In the bombshell documentary:
Harry claims he was ‘brought up by friends in Africa’ in fresh attack on Charles
Meghan and Harry shared pictures from Archie’s first birthday party
The couple revealed what really happened on their first date
The Sussexes shared unseen photos with their beloved dogs
Meghan lifts the lid on her ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham
Netflix show is branded a ‘TV bomb’ for the royal family
A source told The Mirror: ‘There’s a real feeling in the camp that Harry and Meghan are making a lot of noise and there isn’t much more to say.
‘But preparations are being made for all outcomes, especially if there are unjust accusations being made.’
It comes after the Sussexes faced an awkward grilling from journalists about their explosive documentary in New York.
Harry and Meghan were asked if they were putting money before family as they graced a star-studded gala hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation, where they received an award for fighting racism in the Royal Family.
The pair did not give a direct response, but the duke could be heard saying ‘so many questions’ before they were escorted inside.
Earlier, they told the ceremony that their war against ‘oppression’ has only just begun.