Kate and William ‘winning transatlantic popularity contest’ Harry and Meghan ‘created’

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The future king shared his disgust over the racist abuse aimed at footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Royal fans quickly praised William and Kate for supporting the cause, particularly as the Royal Family usually stays neutral on issues such as this. However, royal author Duncan Larcombe, said he believes William and Kate made a deliberate statement by responding following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s racism accusation about an unnamed member of the Royal Family.

He added the couple are also showing the Royal Family is not damaged by the couple’s controversial claims about the monarchy, as they are “winning” without them.

Mr Larcombe said: “William and Kate are definitely on the charm offensive right now – and it’s working.

“While William has always spoken out against racism, his statement this time was really powerful and especially relevant after Harry and Meghan’s accusation about the royal family.

“William and Kate have kept a dignified silence but now they’re letting their actions do the talking.”

He added: “Harry and Meghan created a transatlantic popularity contest with William and Kate when they chose to speak out and do Oprah – and it’s William and Kate who are now winning.”

William’s statement on Twitter following the Euro final earlier this month said: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

During their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry and Meghan alleged that one unnamed royal had asked how dark their son Archie’s skin might be before he was born.

Oprah later confirmed that Harry had said it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who made the comments.

Megan said when she was pregnant, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

Harry also said during the interview: “That conversation, I’m never going to share.

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“But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”

Meghan and Harry also took a swipe at Kate and William individually during the interview.

Meghan said Kate made her cry in the run-up to her 2018 wedding in a disagreement over flower girl dresses.

She said: “I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone because it was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something.

“A few days before the wedding, Kate was upset about something. Yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses.”

Harry also said he was on a “different path” to his brother William.

He said: “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 we’re on different paths.”

William said after the interview was aired that the Royal Family was not racist.

Buckingham Palace also quickly responded that “recollections may vary”.

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