What Reportedly Shocked Kate Middleton And Prince William During Harry & Meghan's Interview

Prior to Prince William's very brief public comments on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, sources shared some new information about how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reportedly feeling after watching, according to an Us Weekly report on March 10, 2021.

While Meghan and Harry didn't speak badly about Kate Middleton and William per se, there were some things that the couple said that Kate and William may have not known. For example, Meghan revealed that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a senior member of the royal family. In another segment of the interview, Meghan discussed a concern that certain members of the institution expressed over the color of her then-unborn child's skin tone.

Interestingly, according to Hello! magazine, William and Kate have kept on with business as usual since the interview aired. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Twitter account has been active since. On March 8, 2021 — the day after the interview aired in the United States — the account retweeted a message from Queen Elizabeth about Commonwealth Day.

So, how do William and Kate feel after watching Harry and Meghan air out some dirty laundry on international television? Read on to find out what a source has revealed.

Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly wish Harry and Meghan had these conversations in private

According to Hello! magazine, Prince William and Kate Middleton had "chosen" not to speak out initially. However, there was a lot to unpack from Harry and Meghan's interview, and it would be nearly impossible for the couple to not have any feelings about what was said. A source told Us Weekly that William and Kate "were in total shock" after watching the interview. 

The source went on to say that "what shocked them most" was Meghan's admission about the suicidal thoughts that she had, and that there were allegedly conversations had involving Archie's skin tone. "William and Kate knew about some of their troubles with palace aides, but nothing to this extent," the source explained, adding that William and Kate "feel that these conversations could have been made in private." At this point, there is no word on whether or not William and Kate will try to reach out to Harry and Meghan in the coming days or weeks.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on March 9, 2021, following the interview (via CNN). The statement revealed that the "whole family is saddened" after hearing what Harry and Meghan had to say. The statement also noted, "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning." Per the statement, the comments are being "taken very seriously" and they reportedly "will be addressed by the family privately." 

Prince William and Kate Middleton were asked about the interview during an outing

During a visit to a school in east London on March 10, 2021, Prince William and Kate Middleton were asked about the shocking claims that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made during their interview with Oprah Winfrey. In their first public appearance since the interview aired, it's not at all surprising that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were asked their thoughts, according to NBC News

While the royal family is understandably reeling from the things that Harry and Meghan discussed with Winfrey, none of the senior royals had spoken out about it before William, outside of the aforementioned from Queen Elizabeth II, William and Harry's grandmother. Prince Charles was asked about his son's interview, but he chose not to respond, but, rather, laughed off the question as he continued on his way, according to a report from the Daily Mail. Read on to find out what William had to say.

Prince William does 'plan to' speak to his brother Harry

It is unknown if Prince William and Kate Middleton had planned to speak out about the headline-news-making interview, but journalists have a job to do and William seemed fairly open to responding to questions about his brother. William didn't say too much on the matter, but was very matter-of-fact with his response. "We're very much not a racist family," he said, defending the monarchy (via NBC News). He was then asked if he'd been in touch with his brother since the interview, to which he revealed he has not been, adding, "but I plan to."

William and Harry's relationship has been strained over the past year or so, which is what Harry discussed with Oprah Winfrey during the interview. Although Harry said he had a lot of love for his brother, the two have grown apart. "The relationship is space, at the moment. Time heals all things, hopefully," Harry told Winfrey (via CBS).

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.