Princess Diana was reportedly “disappointed” by the strained relationship between her sons after they once had an unshakeable bond.
The claim is made by its biographer Andrew Morton, who in 1992 wrote “Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words”, a bombshell book based on tapes recorded and delivered secretly by the Princess of Wales.
Most recently, the British biographer wrote the book “Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters”, which explores their fierce devotion to each other and the tensions they endured along the way.
“Obviously, like any mother, Princess Diana would have been very disappointed and quite upset. [over the alleged feud]Morton told Fox News. “She would work for a reconciliation.”
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Rumors of a split between the brothers came to light in 2019 when British bestselling author Katie Nicholl claimed that after Prince Harry, 36, announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, 39, in 2017, Prince William, 39, worried more and more about his younger brother. and his whirlwind romance with the American actress.
“William was very concerned that the relationship had evolved so quickly,” Nicholl said in the TLC documentary “Kate V. Meghan: Princesses at War?”. “And being close to Harry, you know, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘It seems to be going fast. Are you sure?’ And I think what was meant as well-meaning brotherly advice just annoyed Harry. “
“Harry is extremely protective of Meghan,” Nicholl continued. “He saw it as a criticism, he interpreted it as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union. And I don’t think things have gone well since then.”
In a new book titled “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult”, British historian Robert Lacey claimed that although relations between the princes improved by the time Harry and Markle were married in May 2018, they worsened later when William learned that a senior palace official had made bullying allegations against Markle.
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Lacey alleged that William had confronted Harry, but this led to a “fierce and bitter” argument. This confrontation led to William removing Harry and Markle from the common office they shared.
William reportedly told a friend that he felt “hurt” and “betrayed” because he always felt it was his duty to protect his younger brother. However, the British crown – and everything it stands for – came first.
“Harry, for his part, was just as furious as William gives credence to the accusations against Meghan, and he was fiercely combative in his wife’s defense,” reads an excerpt published in the UK Times.
Morton said that despite the alleged feud, Diana allegedly supported Harry’s move to California where he now resides with his wife and two children. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former ‘Suits’ star.
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“I think she would have applauded his move to America’s West Coast,” Morton said. “She also spent a lot of time in America. Towards the end of her life, she was looking for houses to buy in Malibu. She felt that California was a place of openness and possibility, not only for herself but for them. boys. “
Morton shared that Diana sat down with Markle and gave him much-needed advice on leading a royal life as a foreigner.
“What I’ve learned over the years is that it sounds easy,” Morton explained. “It’s not very difficult to become a member of the royal family. But it takes years to become comfortable in the role, especially as a woman in the public eye. William’s wife, Kate Middleton, had the love and encouragement of a supportive home, but it also took a long time for her. “
“Getting married into the royal family comes with rituals, traditions and rules,” Morton explained. “You have to learn all of these things before you can make a meaningful change. And even then, it will always come with challenges. Loyalty still belongs to the crown. It is something not only Diana, but every woman in the house of. Windsor had to learn by forging their own identity. “
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Markle’s team strongly refuted the bullying allegations when they were first reported by the UK Times in March, shortly before the couple spoke to Oprah Winfrey in a TV interview.
“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, especially as someone who has been the target of intimidation and who is deeply committed to supporting those who have suffered pain and trauma,” said a spokesperson. word of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a statement sent to Fox News.
“She is determined to continue her work of developing compassion around the world and will continue to strive to lead by example by doing what is right and doing what is right,” the statement added.
All eyes will be on the brothers as they gather on Thursday for the unveiling of a statue in honor of Diana at Kensington Palace. July 1 would have been her 60th birthday.
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Harry flew from California to his home country and isolated himself at Frogmore Cottage.
According to Kensington Palace, the brothers will be joined by close family members of the princess, as well as members of the statutes committee, sculpture Ian Rank-Broadley and Pip Morrison, the designer of the palace’s Sunken Garden.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the guest list has been reduced. Markle remained with the couple’s two children: Archie Harrison, 2, and Lilibet Diana, born June 4.
The plans were first announced in February 2017, and the statue was commissioned by Diana’s sons to honor her life and legacy.
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In March, Harry admitted to Winfrey, 67, that he and his brother were on “different paths”.
“I love William to the end,” Harry explained. “He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. But we’re on different paths.”
While Harry described his relationship with William as “space,” the prince stressed that he “will always be there” for him.
Diana died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Paris. She was 36 years old.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.