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'No one has spoken to her yet': Meghan Markle still uncontacted by senior royals after revealing suicidal thoughts

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·6-min read

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No one from the Royal Family has spoken to Meghan Markle since the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she said she had felt suicidal while she was a senior royal, according to her friend.

Gayle King, CBS This Morning host and friend of Prince Harry and Meghan, said no one had contacted Meghan more than a week since she revealed that she "didn't want to be alive" when she was five months pregnant with their son Archie.

King also told viewers on Tuesday that Princes Harry and William has spoken, but that little progress was made, calling their talks "not productive".

Harry, 36, recalled an "awkward" conversation he had with a family member in which the person asked about the colour of Archie's skin before he was born, in an interview with Winfrey which aired in the US and the UK last week.

But Harry and Meghan, 39, refused to say who had made the comment, though alleged it was linked to concerns about the colour of their future children.

It's led to William being forced to defend himself and his family members as "very much not a racist family".

Watch: Royals 'very much not a racist family', says Prince William

King, who is also friends with Winfrey, said: "I did actually call them to see how they were feeling, and it's true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too.

"The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation and I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still.

"No one in the Royal Family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time and I think it's frustrating for them to see that it's a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant.

"And until you can acknowledge that, I think it's going to be hard to move forward. But they both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that is Harry's family."

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan declined to comment. A Kensington Palace spokesman also did not comment when approached by Yahoo UK.

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: CBS This Morning Co-Host Gayle King broadcasts live from Washington DC on Inauguration Day 2021. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
Gayle King, here on Inauguration Day 2021, said she had spoken to the couple over the weekend. (Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

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William, 38, spoke in public about Harry and Meghan's interview on Thursday during a visit to a school in London as he accompanied his wife Kate on a visit, connected with their Royal Foundation's Mentally Healthy schools work.

He said the family was not racist, and added that he had not spoken to Harry, but said he would.

His father, Prince Charles, had laughed nervously when asked about the interview on an engagement earlier in the week.

In the interview, Harry described his relationship with William as "space" and also said he wanted to restore his relationship with his father, saying it was a priority.

The Duke of Sussex accused Prince Charles of not taking his calls in early 2020, when they were setting up their plans to step back as senior royals.

King also addressed the ongoing investigation into allegations of bullying made by some of the former staff of Harry and Meghan, first reported by The Times.

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She said: "The bullying thing was raised in 2018 and now there's an ongoing investigation about bullying from Meghan Markle, when anyone who has worked with her will tell you exactly who she is.

"You know, she's really a very sweet, caring person. And as I say, Meghan has documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah's interview. Everything."

King also said: "The family has to acknowledge there are issues and no one is doing that.

"They want a conversation."

Buckingham Palace has passed the inquiry to an external law firm, which will work with the palace's HR team.

Meghan denies bullying anyone in her time as a senior royal, and her lawyers said the allegations were a smear campaign in the run-up to the Winfrey interview.

Another of Meghan's friends, Janina Gavankar, said the duchess had "emails and texts" which would prove she was "not a bully".

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
William and Harry at The Cenotaph in November 2019 in London. The two brothers reportedly spoke over the weekend. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Following King's comments on the breakfast show, Chris Ship, ITV's royal editor, tweeted: "Clearly, @GayleKing would not have shared these comments with millions of viewers without Meghan's permission so this marks a significant new approach.

"Private family dissuasions will now be made public if Meghan wants it out there. She has plenty of people who can do it for her."

The Palace statement after the interview, on behalf of the Queen, said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While 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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