When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on Sunday, March 7, the Duke of Sussex’s grandfather, Prince Philip, was in the midst of treatment at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Due to his recent absence, it’s likely the Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t aware of the ongoing fallout that has occurred in the days following the bombshell CBS sit-down.
However, as the BBC reports, Prince Philip left the hospital on Tuesday, March 16, after a month-long stay, during which he underwent a successful procedure for a preexisting heart condition. In a statement following the Duke’s discharge, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, “His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him… and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
Speaking to 9Honey, royal reporter Katie Nicholl has since revealed that following Prince Philip’s return to Windsor Castle, the royal family are “keen” to ensure the Duke of Edinburgh doesn’t learn the full details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly-publicized CBS interview. “The family are very keen that he’s not aware of the full extent of the interview,” Nicholl commented, adding that, although it’s “impossible” for Philip to “completely avoid it,” efforts have been made to “protect him from the full force of the fallout.”
The fallout of Prince Harry & Meghan's interview has intensified
As Cosmopolitan reports, the news comes shortly after CBS This Morning host Gayle King received backlash for leaking details of private conversations between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and senior members of the royal family. Speaking on Tuesday, March 16, King explained she had called Prince Harry and Meghan to “see how they were feeling” following the Oprah sit-down, revealing that the Duke of Sussex “has talked” to both his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Willian in the wake of the public fallout.
King went on to reveal that the private royal conversations in question didn’t go as planned (via Sky News). “The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive,” the CBS host quipped, adding, “But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.”
“And I think what is still upsetting to them is that the palace keeps 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,” King concluded.
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