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- Experts discuss Prince William’s speech on racism in Britain – and how it may have been inspired by Harry
- Commentator Sarah Vine believes William is still ‘smart’ over comments made by Harry on Oprah interview
- Daily Mail editor-in-chief Richard Kay says Harry’s departure sent ‘great sadness’ on William
Prince William’s speech on racism in Britain will be prompted in part by the fact that he is still “smart” about the comments Harry and Meghan made last year, commentator Sarah Vine said.
The Sussexes’ claims of racism in the royal family in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey made headlines worldwide.
‘I think it’s a problem that’ [William] I think he should tackle it right away and I think that’s a good way to do it,” she told Palace Confidential.
“Maybe he just wants to draw a line under that and just make sure people understand where he stands.”
Daily Mail editor-in-chief Richard Kay believes William came across “great grief” following Harry’s departure, exacerbated by his brother’s subsequent “ad hominem attacks” in interviews.
In a speech delivered this week at the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station in London, Prince William said he learned so much about racism during his and Kate’s tour of the Caribbean.
According to commentator Sarah Vine (pictured), Prince William’s recent speech about racism in Britain will have been inspired in part by the fact that he is still “smart” about the comments Harry and Meghan made last year
“I think he will find it very difficult to forget what happened, even if he can forgive,” he told the program.
“William won’t close the door on him, he’ll have it back, but I think there will have to be some fundamental changes in the nature of Harry’s relationship with the Royal Family before William will allow that change. †
The anticipation of Harry’s memoir will put an end to any rapprochement for the time being, says Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden.
‘I really think that’ [Harry] keeps his family at bay until his book comes out,” he says. “I think he’s going to say some things that are unpleasant and will end badly with Prince Charles and Prince William and he can hardly face them.”
Meanwhile, the focus on Prince William when he turns 40 has inevitably sparked speculation about how both are preparing for the monarchy.
During their much-discussed interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Harry and Meghan said an unnamed senior royal made racist comments about the skin color of their future children.
Sarah Vine believes the attention given to William and his family about Charles will sting the Prince of Wales.
“I think he must feel very acutely that a lot of people, if you ask them, will say it should go to William, and I think that’s very unfair,” she says.
“So there’s the perception that Prince Charles is some sort of ghost between the Queen and William. And I think if I were him, that would really annoy me a little bit.’
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