After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched scathing attacks on the royal family in their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s memoir Spare, the palace has declined to act on the couple’s claims.
The motto of the royal family has long been “never complain, never explain,” and as members of the family resume their royal duties, they seem to be following that tradition.
However, there seem to be subtle hints that the royals could quietly hit back at the Sussexes after Prince Harry claimed they hadn’t welcomed his wife Meghan to the company.
From outfits on public outings to blink-and-you-miss-them hilarious jokes, FEMAIL examines the signs the royals may be responding to Harry and Meghan in their own way…
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Kate’s Christmas service at Westminster Abbey in matching burgundy outfits following the second episode of the Netflix series The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
On the day that the second part of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series was released on the streaming platform, the royal family turned up at Westminster Abbey for the Princess of Wales’ Christmas service.
In episodes four, five and six of the docuseries, Harry claimed his brother William “yelled and yelled at” him during crisis talks at Sandringham before he and Meghan decided to step down as senior royals.
Mike and Zara Tindall (pictured) also wore bright burgundy when they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Christmas service
He claimed his father, King Charles, and grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth, had remained silent while, per Harry’s suggestion, William yelled that he and Meghan could be “half in, half out” of the royal family.
All eyes were on the royals in their first public appearance after the Sussexes revealed details from those private conversations.
Arriving at Westminster Abbey for Kate’s carols, the Prince and Princess of Wales stepped out in matching burgundy and black outfits in what could have been said as a show of solidarity.
Kate looked dapper in a burgundy coat, while William wore a tie of the same shade. And as more royals arrived at the abbey, Pippa Middleton and Zara Tindall seemed to have gotten the memo – as they also wore burgundy coats. Ex-rugby ace Mike Tindall wore it with a tie.
Meghan claimed in the Netflix documentary that she wore “a lot of muted tones” and shied away from wearing bright colors during her time as Queen of Service, so the colorful show of solidarity could be a subtle swipe at that statement.
MORE matching outfits in Merseyside
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in another set of matching outfits last week
The Prince and Princess of Wales re-matched their outfits while visiting the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Merseyside.
When they arrived at the new hospital last week, they were both wearing navy blue and dark green colors.
A video of the prince and princess meeting an administrator named Nikki showed the couple laughing as she pointed to them and said: “Matching.”
William replied, “I know,” before smiling at Kate.
Upon arrival, the couple beamed as they waved to royal fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals and appeared unfazed by Harry’s claims.
Kate has ‘already moved on’
Sources told the Mirror that the Princess of Wales (pictured in Merseyside) has “already moved on” from Prince Harry’s memoir claims
In Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, which was officially released in the UK this week, the Princess of Wales was attacked when he claimed she and Prince William “stereotyped” Meghan as a “biracial American actress” when she was first introduced to the family would.
The Duke of Sussex also claimed Kate, 41, sent Meghan, also 41, a few short text messages a few days before Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, discussing Princess Charlotte’s ill-fitting bridesmaid dress.
Harry said Kate claimed that all bridesmaid dresses needed to be remade just days before the wedding day after Charlotte “cried” over her dress being “too big”.
The Duke also claimed his brother and sister-in-law did not invite him over to their home for dinner when they all lived on the Kensington Palace estate.
Still, a source said this weekend the Princess of Wales has “already moved on” from the excitement surrounding Harry’s book.
An unnamed source close to Kate downplayed the allegations in the book, telling The Mirror she was “stunned” by what Harry wrote but ultimately ignored it and focused on her charity work.
The source said she hasn’t “taken too much notice” of Harry’s claims in the book as she prepares to launch a new early years program that will focus on children ages three to five.
Zara and Mike’s “my love” quips
Zara smiled cheekily when she appeared on the Mike Drop podcast and greeted her husband Mike Tindall with “Hello my love”.
While many members of the royal family have been the subject of attacks from Prince Harry in Spare and his Netflix documentary, his cousin Zara Tindall, 41, has received little mention.
She and her husband, ex-rugby ace Mike Tindall, 44, have been 10,000 miles away in Australia for the past week while the UK royals grappled with a crisis over the release of the memoir.
As part of their work with Magic Millions, an equestrian charity, the pair teased a Tindall-hosted podcast called Mike Drop this week.
Each week he will interview a guest about horse racing, a passion Mike shares with his wife, with his first guest being his wife Zara.
The trailer for the podcast, released last week, teased a cheeky exchange between the couple as Zara sat down to be his first guest.
The couple greet each other with “Hello my love” – a phrase often used by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In addition to referring to each other by their initials ‘H’ and ‘M’, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have often called each other ‘my love’ in public and in the documentary.
Of course, the couple may have always greeted each other this way. But perhaps the cheeky joke was a subtle parody of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Summary of Kate and Williams Merseyside
When the Prince and Princess of Wales showed up in Merseyside for their first official engagement in 2023, they were inundated with hundreds of fans lining up to meet them.
Clips from the day showed the royal couple greeting staff at the hospital, which opened in October.
Her appearance on Thursday at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital was the first since the publication of Harry’s explosive memoir Spare, in which he made multiple accusations against his brother and sister-in-law.
Despite the Duke of Sussex’s claims as he shared his side of the story, the Prince and Princess of Wales seemed as popular as ever as crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of them on Merseyside.
At the end of the visit, they posted a series of photos from the trip to their Instagram account – and the last one could have been interpreted as a sneaky dig at Prince Harry.
The last photo showed a crowd gathered at the hospital to take photos of the Prince and Princess of Wales, suggesting they were popular guests that day.
The choice of photo could be taken as a signal to the Sussexes that, despite the Duke’s claims, they are still in demand as royals and that his allegations have not damaged their public image.
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