Prince William has been seen for the first time since Prince Harry admitted the brothers were on “different paths” during an explosive TV interview.
Harry told American TV presenter Oprah Winfrey during the interview – which was watched by more than 11 million people in the UK last night (March 8) on ITV – there is “space” between him and William and the rift between the pair continues.
The 36-year-old, who was appearing alongside his wife Meghan Markle, told Oprah that he still feels compassion for his older brother and his father Prince Charles, who also made his first public appearance today since the interview was first aired.
During the show, the Duke of Sussex said that Prince William and the Prince of Wales are both “trapped within the system”.
He added that he feels let down by his father after he stopped taking his calls after leaving the UK.
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The Queen, Charles and William are facing mounting pressure to respond to Meghan and Harry’s bombshell tell-all, including a damning claim that a member of “the Firm” made a racist comment about their son Archie before his birth in May 2019.
Wearing a face mask, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, was seen driving a car in west London today (March 9), less than 24 hours after the interview was screened on ITV.
William, wife Kate Middleton and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, have returned to the capital after spending time at their country estate in Norfolk during England’s third Covid-19 lockdown.
George and Charlotte returned to Thomas’s Battersea in London as the shutdown was eased and schools reopened on Monday.
Charles, meanwhile, toured an NHS pop-up coronavirus vaccination centre at the Jesus House church in Brent, north-west London.
The 72-year-old heir walked by with a “nervous chuckle” and didn’t respond when a reporter asked him to comment on the Oprah interview.
He wore a face mask as he spoke to NHS and church staff, and people receiving jabs.
It was his first public appearance since the tell-all in which Harry claimed Charles had stopped taking his calls after the Sussexes left the UK for Canada more than a year ago.
Harry also accused his family of failing to give enough support to him and Meghan, 39, and failing to understand their situation.
The duke told Oprah he hopes his relationships with Charles and William improve in the future.
Harry said of his older brother: “You know, as I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But, you know, we’re on different paths.”
As Oprah pressed him on the rift, Harry said: “The relationship is space, at the moment. Time heals all things, hopefully.”
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