Prince William’s staff ‘planted stories about his brother’s mental health’ days after Harry said the warring royals were ‘on different paths’, according to Finding Freedom author
- Prince Harry’s biographer Omid Scobie made allegations about William’s assistants
- Harry told ITV’s Tom Bradby he and his brother ‘were on different paths’ in 2019
- In the same program, Meghan revealed she ‘survives, not thrives’
- Mr Scobie says it was “no coincidence” that William’s staff told the story the next day.
The bitter war of words between William and Harry was started by the Duke of Cambridge’s office which has been telling stories about Prince Harry’s state of mind, it has been claimed.
In a new documentary on the brothers’ feud tonight, Prince Harry’s biographer Omid Scobie says it was “no coincidence” that William’s assistants at Kensington Palace started an information campaign against him the day after he seemed to sensational confirm long-standing rumors of a breakup.
It was in 2019, at the end of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour of South Africa, that Harry told ITV’s Tom Bradby that he and his brother “were on different paths.”
In the same program, Meghan revealed to Bradby that she is “surviving, not thriving” and suggested the royals have been negligent, adding that “few people have asked me if I was okay”.
The bitter war of words between William and Harry (pictured arriving in Los Angeles after witnessing the unveiling of Diana’s statue in London) was sparked by the Duke of Cambridge’s office who told stories about the state of spirit of prince Harry, it has been claimed
But following the interview, which made headlines around the world, Mr Scobie claims reports that William was “worried about Harry’s mental health” were deliberately sown by his staff – and have sowed the seeds of an additional division between the two.
Mr Scobie did not provide any evidence to support his claims that palace assistants or anyone related to William were responsible for the alleged briefings.
Mr Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, tells the documentary: “I would say it was no coincidence that soon after the airing, even the next day there were quotes from sources from a high Kensington Palace official saying William was worried about his brother’s mental health.
‘It fed off something so ugly for Harry and it didn’t go unnoticed. Now whether William ran this or not, no one will ever know, but it comes from his house where he is the boss.
In tonight’s ITV documentary Harry & William: What Went Wrong ?, Scobie – who has been an outspoken champion of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – adds: “Meghan arrived driven and ready to work and it immediately ruffled the feathers. She’s a woman in her thirties: I think she’s proven to herself and to the people she’s worked with so far that she knows what she’s doing.
“She certainly wasn’t someone who was going to change just to please the people around her. I felt that they should also be reminded: “You are not the stars of the series here. There is a hierarchy and you do not get there very high. ‘
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex unveil a statue of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London on July 1
Prince Harry and Prince William stand together as a statue they commissioned their mother Princess Diana to unveil on what would have been her 60th birthday
When Harry spoke to Bradby in 2019, it confirmed what many royal watchers suspected – the once close brothers had drifted apart.
“We’re definitely on different paths right now, but I’ll always be there for him because I know he’ll always be there for me,” Harry said. “We don’t see each other as much as we used to, but I like it a lot and the majority of things are created from nothing. As brothers you have good days, you have bad days.
The program is billed as “an attempt to get to the bottom of this royal rift” and “to explore claims that many negative stories about Harry and Meghan were the result of briefings within the palace”. Indeed, some sources seem to come from relatives of the brothers.
Harry told ITV’s Tom Bradby that he and his brother “were on different paths” in 2019. In the same program, Meghan revealed to Bradby (pictured) that she “is surviving, not thriving”
Robert Lacey, whose Battle Of Brothers book on William and Harry’s relationship breakdown, said on camera: “Someone close to William told me that William sensed early on that Meghan had a program.” Royal biographer Penny Junor said: “I heard really bad stories early on that Meghan upset people. She wasn’t as charming as she looked.
Junor adds: “Harry and Meghan’s approach isn’t just California, it’s showbiz-y, celebrity. Our royal family is not a celebrity. They are active members of a public institution. J “I was appalled by the interview with Oprah. These are not statements that should be made for public consumption. They are the sort of thing that should happen in the privacy of a psychiatrist’s couch.”
Harry and William: what happened? is on ITV at 9 p.m. tonight.