The two princes will see each other on Thursday after Prince Philip’s funeral has reportedly failed to significantly mend their damaged relationship.
The brothers will be side by side as a statue in honor of their mother is unveiled at Kensington Palace, creating a new opportunity to move the negotiations forward.
Robert Lacey traced the royal rift in his explosive biography Battle of the Brothers, which details how William kicked Harry out of Kensington Palace over bullying allegations against Meghan.
However, of the three royals, it is Prince Harry who is most willing to admit his fault, the historian said.
He said News week: “What’s interesting is that on one side we have William who doesn’t seem ready to concede anything and on the other side some friends have told me that Harry wouldn’t mind reconciling. and then it’s Meghan who sticks to his guns this problem. “
“Surely it should be possible,” he continued, “for both sides to say the past is in the past. It’s very unfortunate that Meghan isn’t stepping back just a little. Why can’t she tell it was the pressure? Was getting used to this incredibly complicated system, I was just pregnant, I couldn’t sleep.
“’I wandered around all night sending emails. Maybe in retrospect I crossed the line. ‘ “
Meghan has been accused of intimidating two Royal Family aides and targeting a third staff member in an email sent by Communications Secretary Jason Knauf in October 2018.
A story has leaked Sunday opening hours that December suggested Meghan’s staff were struggling to work for her and said she would email requests as early as 5 a.m.
More recently, UK newspapers reported that staff were shaking or crying after a Meghan disguise.
Lacey’s book details how internally the bullying allegations sparked a fierce row between William, who supported his staff, and Harry, who supported his wife.
Battle of the Brothers quoted a friend who said this led to William throwing Harry and Meghan out of Kensington Palace, with the Sussexes going their separate ways to form a new office at Buckingham Palace in March 2019.
However, even Harry and Meghan’s exit from royal life did not put the issue behind them as Meghan returned to the dispute during her lawsuit against the British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.
Lawyers for the Duchess told the High Court in London that she was not protected by the institution while she was pregnant in the summer of 2020.
When the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was announced earlier this year, Knauf’s email alleging bullying was leaked to Time.
Meghan then launched damning allegations in prime time, accusing the palace of leaking false stories about her and denying her access to a mental hospital while she was suicidal.
Despite explosive allegations from both sides, Lacey says Harry is willing to concede mistakes privately to friends.
He said News week: “Harry is ready to recognize the role that simple temper has played in unfortunate times, most notably in the so-called blindsiding in early 2020. He is actually ready to admit, in a way that William doesn’t seem to be. , the fact that both are irascible both are angry, both are Spencer [Princess Diana’s family name] if you want. “
Harry was accused of cheating on Queen Elizabeth II by sources cited in British media when he published his plans to leave the royal family at short notice in January 2020.
However, Lacey said now is the time for both brothers and Meghan to put the past, including the bullying allegations, behind them.
“There has to be a way to minimize it and move forward,” Lacey continued. “It’s not like Meghan has royal staff anymore, she lives in a different country. It’s not a live issue, so it would be nice, it seems to me, if she could figure out a way to put him to bed. “
However, the author also suggested that William and Kate might feel justified over the doubts they had at the start of Harry’s relationship.
Battle of the Brothers describes how William urged Harry to slow down early in the relationship with Meghan, but the advice was not well received.
Lacey a dit News week: “We now know that William had doubts early on about at least whether Meghan would fit into the system, whether Meghan had the right personality for the system and the situation and that’s the sort of thing he would have discussed with Kate and she approved it.
“Kate has shared her doubts and her question mark from the start. Events seem to have brought them to light. Meghan was not the right kind of person to fit into the protocols of the British Royal Family. There is a very fair case as to why should she? She is a self-taught woman and why should she put up with all of this? “
The book “Battle of Brothers” by British historian and writer Robert Lacey traces the breakdown of relations between Prince William and Prince Harry.
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