Meghan Markle fury: Kate and William ‘happy to see Duchess and Prince Harry leave UK’
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Reports of a major fallout between the Cambridges and the Sussexes have rocked the Firm, and in recent months tensions are said to be deeper than ever, as a result of allegations made in ‘Finding Freedom’. The book, co-authored by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, claimed William and Harry fell out over comments the Duke of Cambridge made regarding his sister-in-law Meghan. But after Meghan and Harry decided to stand down from senior royal duties, to lead a “financially independent life”, Robert Lacey, author of the new book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, has claimed the Cambridges were happy to see them leave the UK.
He argued that the damage between William and Harry was “getting worse”, especially now they lead completely separate lives on different sides of the globe.
The historian said that there “is certainly a school of thought that William and Kate were not happy” at how Harry and Meghan – who he described as “royal rock stars” – had overshadowed them.
He explained: “They’re quite happy now to see them out of the country.
“That’s one of the reasons people close to the scene doubt whether there’ll be a reconciliation because you know it’s the old syndrome – this town is too small for both of us.”
He added: “So first of all it’s called battle of brothers, and you say that this feud between William and Harry is worse than people thought.
“I think every day makes it clear that it’s worse.”
The alleged row between William and Harry came, Ms Durrand and Mr Scobie say, after William referred to Meghan as “this girl”, in the lead up to the Duke marrying the Duchess.
Harry was reportedly unhappy at the “tone of snobbishness” that was “anathema to his approach to the world”, and royal insiders say this sparked the downfall of the two brothers’ burgeoning connection.
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Mr Lacey, however, argues the resentment between the two went further back, as Harry was painted out as a “court jester” type, in part due to his wild partying days during his youth.
The author alleges that following the infamous incident where Harry was pictured wearing a Nazi uniform, William’s role in encouraging the Duke to wear it was not made public.
He continued during an interview with Entertainment Tonight this year: “This is the first time we discover the conflict between the brothers, and Harry starts resenting this stereotype that is forced on him.
“William is the King of the castle, and he’s the dirty rascal. And when Kate comes along, he happily falls into the role of number three [in line to the throne] and it’s all so far so good.
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“Then Harry falls in love with Meghan and that really turns things around, and she makes him see things in a new way so that’s where the rift really started with William and Harry. When he saw how deep he was falling in love with Meghan.”
Despite being in different countries, the brothers appeared to try and silence reports of a row by releasing a joint statement on the 23rd anniversary of their mother Diana’s death.
Their rare comment confirmed a statue would be built in the garden of Kensington Palace, where the Princess of Wales formerly lived.
The statement added: “The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, marking the Princess’s 60th birthday.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
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