When it comes to the feud between the royals formerly known as the Fab Four (Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), people generally fall into one of two camps—those who are beyond sick of hearing about the whole situation to the point that they get cluster headaches at the mere mention of the word “feud” and those who, while also sick of hearing about it on one level, can’t seem to shake a weird fascination with it, either.
If you’re in the first group, please feel free to leave now because what follows is definitely royal feud-related. If you’re in the second group, take a deep breath and keep scrolling.
The latest bit of expert insight into the breakdown of William and Harry’s relationship comes courtesy of Andrew Morton, author of multiple royal books, most famously the Princess Diana biography, Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words.
Morton also penned a Meghan biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, which was originally published in 2018 and is now getting an update in the form of six new chapters. In those new chapters, Morton digs into the origins of William and Harry’s infamous feud and the impact it’s had on Meghan, as well.
According to excepts published by The Mirror, Morton makes it clear that, in spite of reports to the contrary (including accounts Harry and Meghan shared themselves during their interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year), it’s his understanding that the Palace made Meghan’s wellbeing a priority.
“Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts’ and ‘violent threats were reported to the police,” he wrote.
Morton did, however, report that Will and Kate’s attitudes toward Meghan and Harry were a big factor in the brothers’ feud and, by extension, the Sussexes’ eventual decision to step away from royal life.
“The Duchess of Cambridge’s coolness towards Meghan, and William’s alleged bullying contributed to a devastating ‘Cain and Abel’ fallout between the brothers,” Morton wrote. “Harry was the ‘prime mover’ in souring relations between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, but it was Meghan who ‘took the hit.'”
This isn’t the first time claims have surfaced about William allegedly bullying Harry and Meghan. In January 2020, shortly after Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step back from royal duties, the Sunday Times reported that the Sussexes had been “pushed away from the royal family by the ‘bullying’ attitude of his brother the Duke of Cambridge” and quoted a source who said the couple decided on their royal exit after two years of “constantly being told their place.”
The royal family immediately shut down the rumors, with Harry and William even going so far as to issue a rare joint statement decrying them.
“Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge,” they said in the joint statement. “For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”
It’s not clear from the excerpts who Morton’s sources are for the new chapters or if there’s any new evidence or information that warrants revisiting the bullying claims, but that’s what’s new in the world of Overanalyzing the Royal Feud. Consider your daily royal gossip update complete.
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