Get caught up on all the biggest global royals news you might have missed in June 2021, starting with these heartbreaking new claims about a war between brothers… New details about the deep rift between Prince William and Prince Harry have purportedly been revealed by historian Robert Lacey, a consultant on “The Crown” who’s just updated his 2020 book “Battle of Brothers: The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult” with fresh claims.
There’s long been debate and speculation about what really drove a wedge between the royal siblings in recent years. According to the author’s sources, things imploded when the Duke of Cambridge confronted the Duke of Sussex over allegations that his new wife, Duchess Meghan, had bullied palace staff in the fall of 2018 — claims that only came to light this past March and that Meghan has strongly denied.
As reported by People magazine on June 19 — the day excerpts were published in the U.K.’s The Times newspaper — Robert wrote that William confronted Harry with the bullying allegations, sparking a “fierce and bitter” argument as Harry defended his wife that led the future king to initiate a split between their then-joint households.
“William threw Harry out,” a friend told the author. On top of that, Robert wrote that Duchess Kate was “wary of [Meghan] from the start” and that William told a pal he believed Meghan had an “agenda.”
According to author Robert Lacey, widespread speculation that Prince Harry and Prince William’s deep rift began to heal when they were united in grief at grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April is far from true. “Some inching towards reconciliation seemed in progress. … But those hopes were dashed within minutes of the siblings getting inside the castle and beyond camera vision [after the funeral].
They started quarreling again,” the “Battle of Brothers: The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult” writer claimed in a June 25 op-ed in The Daily Mail. According to a family friend, “There they were, at each other’s throats as fiercely as ever.
The rage and anger between those two have grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said.” The author wrote that William was not having it after it was pointed out to him “that everyone has a difficult sister-in-law,” referring to Duchess Meghan.
The Duke of Cambridge suddenly raged, according to a source, “‘But look at the way that bloody woman treated my staff — merciless!'” Robert also claimed in the piece that Prince Charles has been working to get his sons to support his second wife as queen.
“The main thing Charles wants is for the pair of them to smile on Camilla becoming his full Queen Consort [instead of Princess Consort, as officially pre-ordained at present],” a friend told the author. “He’s fixated about it — something he never stops trying to negotiate with both of them. But they will never say ‘Yes’ to Camilla taking the place that should have been filled by their mother.”