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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their bombshell accusations of racism in March 2021 it was allegedly Kate Middleton that hardened up the Royal Family’s response and set the tone for relations between Buckingham Palace and Montecito ever since, a source has claimed.
The draft statement from the Royal Family didn’t include the crucial “some recollections may vary” line that made headlines around the world.
A palace insider allegedly spoke to Valentine Low in an updated edition of his book Courtiers, where an extract was published in The Times, that claimed the original statement being discussed in royal circles had been “a much milder version”.
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But William and Kate "wanted it toughened up a bit,” the source said. “They were both of one mind that we needed something that said that the institution did not accept a lot of what had been said”.
The precise phrase was reportedly coined by William’s then-new private secretary Jean-Christophe Gray, but once it included in the draft, it was Kate that ensured that it was placed front and centre.
Speaking in her news.com.au column, royal critic Daniela Elser said: "So, Kate the duchess a driving force, back that first draft went to the staffers who ably wield the macbooks and that iconic line – 'recollections may vary”'- was added in."
The now Princess of Wales also alleged brushed aside concerns from some courtiers that the line might “rile” the touchy Sussexes.
“It was Kate who clearly made the point, History will judge this statement and unless this phrase or a phrase like it is included, everything that they have said will be taken as true, ” a source revealed.
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The revised statement went from the Cambridges back to Her late majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who gave her royal assent and the controversial phrase duly flashed around the world.
The source added that Kate doesn’t often get the full credit for her toughness “because she is so subtle about it”.
“She is playing the long game,” they added. “She has always got her eye on, ‘This is my life and my historic path and I am going to be the Queen one day.’ ”
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The full statement also took on the racism question head-on, rather than brushing it under the carpet. It read: “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.”
Constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor said that Meghan’s accusation of racism within the royal family had been “pretty wounding,” and the firm response – driven largely by Kate – showed that the Firm was in no mood to back down.
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- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
- Kate Middleton
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