The old ‘never complain, never explain’ mantra appears to be thriving in royal circles—particularly for Prince William and Princess Kate who just stepped out in public together for the first time since Prince Harry released his explosive memoir, Spare.
The Prince and Princess of Wales attended an engagement at Liverpool’s Royal Liverpool University Hospital where they thanked staff for their contribution to healthcare in the winter months.
While they’re no stranger to a media scrum as they arrive at any event, this one was a little different given the bombshell allegations Prince William’s brother made against him.
As the pair made their way into the building, awaiting media and photographers watched every sign, signal and interaction closely—a few even yelled out to William, “Do you have a comment on Harry’s book?” To which the Prince pointedly ignored (although the wind was quite strong so there’s a chance he didn’t hear).
One of the biggest takeaways from Harry’s book was his fractured and potentially irreparable relationship he now has with William (or should we say Willy?), with the Duke of Sussex alleging that the pair had an altercation several years ago where William pushed Harry to the floor inside his home, resulting in an injury.
There were other accusations involving the Princess of Wales, too. Harry alleged in the book that both William and Kate encouraged Harry to wear his now-infamous Nazi costume to a 2005 Halloween party, the photos of which catalysed a media storm.
We could go on and on with more revelations from the book, and if you want to know more, we’ve done a roundup of the biggest bombshells here. So far, the royal family haven’t responded to any of the accusations Harry has made, which isn’t unexpected given The Firm’s notorious ‘never complain never explain’ mantra.
For the engagement, Kate wore one of her old favourite tartan coats by Holland Cooper, which retails for around AUD $1,300.
Underneath, she wore a fitted navy dress accessorised with a belt, leaving her hair long and loose to finish the smart-casual look.
The Prince and Princess chatted animatedly to hospital staff about the work they’d been doing over recent months.
“The Princess asked me what I did,” one healthcare worker told PEOPLE. “They were talking to as many people as possible.”
While their silence on anything Spare-related is, in Harry’s words “deafening”, their response to the PR crisis is actually pretty loud and clear—it’s business as usual through rain, hail or shine. Go figure.
Spare can be purchased online, $35.95 at Booktopia.