William and Kate celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with video as ‘Megxit’ row deepens


Prince William and Kate Middleton have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day – as the ‘Megxit’ row deepens.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined world leaders in wishing the Irish well in a special video message.

William, 38, began by delivering his greeting, saying: “Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh” – ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’.

This was followed by Kate, 39, who said: “We’re delighted to wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”

William then quipped to his wife: “How come you got that easy bit?”

The duke and duchess were appearing amid ongoing tensions in the royal family and as Prince Philip, 99, was discharged from hospital.

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Kate Middleton and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, celebrate St Patrick's Day
William, 38, began by delivering his greeting, saying: “Beannachtai na Feile Padraig oraibh”

Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview

There are fears that Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, have blown apart any hopes of reconciliation with their latest actions in the ongoing saga after their interview with Oprah Winfrey, 67.

Gayle King, a friend of the Duchess of Sussex, revealed yesterday on the CBS show ‘This Morning’ that the couple had given her an update on royal relations.

The television personality, 66, said that Harry had spoken to both William and his father Prince Charles, 72.

Gayle King attends the premiere of Tyler Perry's
Gayle King has revealed that the princes have already spoken about the Oprah interview

She added she was told “those conversations were not productive but they are glad that they have at least started a conversation”.

Ms King said: “I’m not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling and it’s true Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too.”

This public revelation is said to have upset Buckingham Palace, who said they hoped to address the Oprah interview “privately”.

Royal sources told the Mirror the revelations “would cause alarm” among senior royals, that private conversations were being used against them.

And insiders added: “This type of behaviour could have huge implications for trust between the camps moving forward.”

Crisis talks have been scheduled after Meghan said she was suicidal during her time in the Firm and accused her in-laws of being concerned about how dark son Archie’s skin would be during the bombshell sit-down.

Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in central London on Tuesday after his operation
Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London on Tuesday after his operation

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She also claimed Kate made her cry in the lead up to her wedding in 2018, and not the other way around as previously reported, in the interview.

William and Kate also made their public appearance the day after Prince Philip, 99, was discharged from hospital.

The Duke of Kent was kept in for treatment for 28 nights, his longest-ever stay in hospital.

The senior royal received surgery for a pre-existing heart condition and has since returned to Windsor Castle, a statement said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared alongside US president Joe Biden, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern and Australian PM Scott Morrison, among others, on the video.

The couple, who were both dressed in shades of green – the republic’s national colour – recalled the warm welcome they received during their visit to Ireland last March just ahead of the first lockdowns.

William said: “We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all of our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic.”

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
The royal family has been in turmoil since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to Oprah

Kate added: “The warm welcome that we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries, and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland.”

The duke said they recognised this St Patrick’s Day would be different, but he hoped people would still be able to celebrate safely.

William added: “We know that for Irish people all around the world today won’t be the same as normal, but we hope you can celebrate safely in any case.”

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