New details have emerged about the alleged fallout from Prince William and Prince Harry.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey, who is also the official consultant for Netflix’s “The Crown”, updated his book “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult” with added chapters and new elements. In the original book, which was published in 2020, the British historian touched on the continuing woes being plagued by the Royal Family.
In new snippets published by the UK Times on Saturday, the veteran writer further explored the alleged feud between the brothers.
Rumors of a split came to light in 2019 when British bestselling author Katie Nicholl claimed that following Harry’s announcement of his engagement to Meghan Markle in 2017, William became increasingly worried about his brother and sister. whirlwind romance with the American actress.
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“William was very concerned that the relationship had evolved so quickly,” Nicholl said in the TLC documentary “Kate V. Meghan: Princesses at War? “. “And being close to Harry, you know, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘This seems to be going fast. Are you sure ?’ And I think what was meant as well-meaning brotherly advice just annoyed Harry. “
“Harry is extremely protective of Meghan,” Nicholl continued. “He saw it as a criticism, he interpreted it as if his brother was not really behind this marriage, this union. And I don’t think things have gone well since then. “
Now Lacey has written that although relations between the princes improved when Harry, 36, and Markle, 39, married in May 2018, they worsened in October 2018 when William, 39, learned that a senior palace official made bullying allegations against Markle.
According to Lacey, William confronted Harry after learning of the allegations. However, this led to a “fierce and bitter” argument. This confrontation led to William removing Harry and Markle from the common office they shared.
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“William threw Harry out,” a friend said, quoted by the outlet.
Lacey alleged that the angry confrontation happened first over the phone and then in person when William asked Harry about the bullying allegations.
“When Harry got on fire to furiously defend his wife, the older brother persisted,” the excerpt read. “Harry angrily turned his phone off, so William went to talk to him personally. The prince was horrified by what he had just been told about Meghan’s alleged behavior, and he wanted to hear what Harry had to say. The confrontation between the brothers was fierce and bitter. “
Lacey also alleged that William’s wife Kate Middleton had “been suspicious of Meghan from the start”. He also claimed that William told a friend that he believed the former “Suits” star had an “agenda” and that the accusations he was hearing supported that theory.
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William reportedly told a friend that he felt “hurt” and “betrayed” because he always felt it was his duty to protect his younger brother. However, the British crown – and everything it stands for – came first.
“Harry, for his part, was just as furious that William gave credit to the charges against Meghan, and he was fiercely combative in his wife’s defense,” the excerpt read.
A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, Markle’s team strongly refuted the bullying allegations when they were first reported by The Times in March, shortly before the couple spoke to Oprah Winfrey in a TV interview.
“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, especially as someone who has been the target of intimidation and is deeply committed to supporting those who have suffered pain and trauma,” a spokesperson said. of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a statement sent to Fox News on Wednesday.
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“She is determined to continue her work of developing compassion in the world and will continue to strive to lead by example by doing what is right and doing what is right,” the statement added.
Lacey previously told Fox News that at one point William turned to his uncle, Earl Charles Spencer, to see if he could speak to Harry about his concerns.
“Let’s make it clear that William’s reservation was not whether Meghan was good for Harry, but if she was good for the Royal Family and royal life,” Lacey explained. “When it came to Kate, William was slow and careful. He followed his duty. Harry immediately fell in love and discovered a new destiny for himself, a new meaning in his life. William saw Meghan as a self-taught woman who created her own fame and wealth in the process. The royal family, on the other hand, has a mission to represent values. “
“The Royals are supposed to know their place,” Lacey continued. “And Harry, of course, had to marry a nice girl named Henrietta or Gabriella who lived in the provinces of Britain in the countryside and settle down. But Meghan and Harry have both made it clear that they want to do a lot more than that. And let’s just say there are things you can and can’t do when it comes to leading the Royal Family and what they stand for. “
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When Harry finally announced that he and his wife were stepping down as royals, Lacey said their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, had suggested hosting a family lunch to discuss negotiations regarding the exit.
He said the reigning monarch was aware of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s displeasure and wanted to work things out. However, a royal refused to attend.
“There was a prince who said, ‘No, I’m not going to have lunch and sit with my brother,’” Lacey said. “’I am absolutely pissed off. I don’t think I can be trusted to keep my cool around him. ‘ And which brother was that? It was William who refused to go to the family lunch and who only negotiated with Harry around a table. “
“Both sides lost their cool which resulted in bitter negotiations,” said Lacey. “The relationship between the two brothers has certainly deteriorated. I think their respective bad mood and anger played a big part in that. “
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Lacey said it would take some time for the relationship to heal.
“I think it would always have happened that Meghan and Harry lived on the other side of the world,” he explained. “I think Meghan and Harry will remain based in North America. Unless the brethren find a way to be reconciled, they will have to go their separate ways and maintain mutual respect. “
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former ‘Suits’ star. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California.
After stepping down from royal duties, they gave Winfrey an explosive TV interview, in which the couple described painful comments about the color of their son Archie’s skin before he was born. The Duchess has spoken of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
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Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “concerning” and would be dealt with in private.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth to the British throne.
The name pays homage to both Harry’s grandmother, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.