Prince William and Harry’s bond DESTROYED by Meghan wedding – historian exposes rift
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Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, have seen a deterioration of their relationship in recent months and a royal historian has pinpointed the moment when tensions started to rise. Margaret Holder, who is known for her documentaries on the Royal Family, said warning signs first emerged in May 2018 – when Harry married Meghan Markle.
Writing in a column for the Daily Express, she said: “May 19, 2018, and a royal wedding like no other: Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
“The media were effusive with praise.
“One person present was not so sure: Harry’s brother, William, who had questioned the rush to the altar, thus opening a rift.”
The historian appears to be noting claims made by royal biographer Robert Lacey in his book “Battle of Brothers”.
In the book, he claimed the pair fell out after William told Harry he was moving too quickly with Meghan.
The Duke of Cambridge was so concerned about the pace of the relationship that he asked his uncle, Charles Spencer, to intervene.
An excerpt from the book claimed: “From time to time Diana’s younger brother had played something of an honorary godfather to both boys in the years since the death of their mother, and their uncle agreed with William to see what he could do.
“The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion. Once again Harry refused to slow down.
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“He didn’t blame his uncle. He understood why Diana’s brother should want to help.
“Yet he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the row.”
William and Harry’s relationship is understood to have deteriorated from then, with the younger sibling seeming to confirm the split in a TV interview last year.
During ITV’s documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke said: “Part of this role and part of this job, and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
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“But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. And we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.”
He added that the pair have “good and bad days”.
Meghan and Harry wed in a lavish ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor as millions watched the happy proceedings on TV.
The special day was attended by swathes of celebrities, including David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, Elton John and Serena Williams.
Ms Holder notes that this should have been a red flag for what was to come, as she pointed out several of Harry’s family members did not attend the wedding.
She said: “In retrospect, were we dazzled by the beauty of the occasion?
“Hindsight shows that far from the media criticising the bride, they were remiss in not picking up the warning signs.
“Half of Hollywood seemed to be in attendance but Harry’s second cousins and neighbours were not.”
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