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Kate Middleton is "staying strong for the Royal Family" after the broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey, it is claimed.
During the CBS special, Meghan claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge had made her cry during a row over bridesmaid dresses.
The Duchess of Sussex also alleged that a senior royal had raised concerns about how dark Archie’s skin might be.
While Kate did not publicly comment on the claims, husband Prince William insisted the royals are "very much not a racist family".
Privately, she does not want her children to "see her upset or struggling", a source told Us Weekly.
They added: "The interview was particularly difficult for Kate to digest, but she’s pulled herself together and is staying strong for the Royal Family and her children.
"Kate’s an extremely protective mother and while she’s all about open communication, George, Charlotte and Louis are still young."
The source continued: "Kate is definitely strong enough to get through this. She has a lead by example attitude, so it’s important for her to be a good role model to them.
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"George and Charlotte are back at school, but she’s been spending her evenings with them.
"The children always brighten up her day, and she always says that when she goes through a difficult time, having her family there always helps."
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Meanwhile, senior royals are reportedly trying not to "overwhelm" Prince Philip with the fallout from the interview.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, left the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London in the back of a black BMW on Tuesday morning, March 16.
Philip, who was initially admitted on February 16, had been recovering from a heart procedure carried out earlier this month.
A source told US Weekly: "He obviously knows about Harry and Meghan’s interview, but the Queen, [Prince] Charles and [Prince] William are trying to avoid overwhelming him with their problems so are keeping their conversations with him about the aftermath light.
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"While the Queen has been busy working, she says it’s nice to have her husband back."
William and Charles spoke with Harry after it was aired, according to US journalist Gayle King – a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah.
However, she said the talks were "unproductive".
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- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
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