Details about the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry will be laid bare in a new book about the royals, with claims William further angered his brother at the beginning of his relationship with Meghan Markle by going to their uncle for help.
It has been reported William, 38, became concerned Harry, 36, was moving too fast in his relationship and voiced his concerns to Harry, who was offended when William warned him to “take as much time as you need to know this girl”, his use of the words “this girl” allegedly leaving Harry feeling incensed.
Robert Lacey, author of Battle of the Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, writes the rift between the brothers became worse when William sought out help from their uncle, their late mother’s brother, Charles Spencer, which he says lead to a “bitter explosion”.
“From time to time Diana’s younger brother had played something of an honorary godfather to both boys in the years since the death of their mother, and their uncle agreed with William to see what he could do,” Lacey writes.
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“The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion. Once again Harry refused to slow down.”
Lacey says Harry “didn’t blame his uncle” but felt “anger and mistrust” towards Prince William as a result, causing a distance between the brothers that “has lasted to the present day”.
The author further explains the rift, saying Prince William took almost a decade to commit to Catherine Middleton whom he married in 2011 “for the sake of the monarchy” after “auditioning” her for the job “all those years”.
Lacey claims Prince Harry wondered whether William’s concerns about his relationship were about his “personal happiness” or if he was thinking about “the Firm”.
He says this falling out between William and Harry led to the couple’s split with the royal family which remains to this day.
It is a sad state of affairs for the monarchy and one that will be explored in detail in the book which is out on October 20.