Family feud. A brand new e-book excerpt claims Prince William and Prince Harry‘s rift deepened following allegations that Meghan Markle bullied a palace worker throughout her time as a working member of the royal household.
New particulars concerning the bullying allegations had been revealed in U.Ok. newspaper The Times on Saturday, June 19, as a part of an excerpt from Robert Lacey’s new e-book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, out June 24. The writer alleges that the Duke of Cambridge, 38, initiated the separation of his family from the Sussexes after complaints concerning the former actress, 39, had been filed.
“Prince William went ballistic when he heard the ‘dossier of distress’ that [former communications secretary Jason] Knauf had gathered,” Lacey wrote, including that he was “astonished and horrified.”
The second in line to the throne believed the California native had an “agenda” and was “undermining some precious principles of the monarchy,” the e-book claims. More importantly, William was allegedly involved that Meghan “seemed to be stealing his beloved brother away.”
Prince Harry, 36, nevertheless, was “equally furious” that his brother was extra inclined to consider employees members than his family. He defended his spouse whereas William felt “betrayed.” The “showdown” that adopted was mentioned to be “fierce and bitter.”
“He had seen it as his job to look out for Harry but this was the moment the protection had to stop,” Lacey wrote. “At the end of the day the British crown and all it stood for with its ancient traditions, styles and values — the mission of the monarchy — had to matter more to William than his brother did.”
As the connection deteriorated, “William simply did not want her or Harry around anymore,” the royal skilled added.
The Battle of Brothers excerpt ends by noting that Meghan and Harry’s transfer from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage and the division of their households was one which William allegedly orchestrated. “William wished to be separated from Meghan on a day-to-day basis — and that meant being separated from his brother as well,” Lacey wrote. “‘William,’ says a friend, ‘threw Harry out.’”
When accusations of bullying had been revealed in March, Buckingham Palace mentioned HR would look into the matter.
“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the palace’s assertion, launched through social media, learn. “Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.”
A consultant for the Duchess of Sussex denied the claims. “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” a rep for Meghan mentioned in a press release to Us Weekly in March.
The rep additionally instructed The Times that the bullying accusations had been a part of “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.” (Knauf, one in every of a number of staffers who complained about Meghan, stepped down from his position as CEO of the Royal Foundation in May, two months after the claims had been revealed.)
The alleged remedy of employees isn’t the one subject maintaining the brothers aside. Last month, a royal insider instructed Us that the connection between the siblings has solely gotten worse amid Harry’s latest candid interviews in his CBS tell-all and extra.
“William feels that Harry should discuss his issues privately and can’t comprehend why he continues to shade his own flesh and blood on TV,” the supply mentioned after the discharge of Harry’s docuseries The Me You Can’t See. “Of course, mental health is a serious issue, but William can’t get his head around why Harry keeps throwing his family under the bus.”
The supply added: “There’s no way they’ll ever trust him after this. The damage is done.”
Us Weekly has reached out to representatives for Kensington Palace and the Sussexes for touch upon the brand new claims.
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