PRINCE HARRY did reportedly have the support of his older brother Prince William in his relationship with Meghan Markle and when he chose to rebel against the Palace – despite claims that the brothers feuded over the romance.
Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave their lives as senior royals behind caused a stir, particularly behind Palace walls. The Royal Family were reportedly stunned by their announcement especially after the couple revealed their shocking news on social media. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams noted that William and Kate in particular “will not have appreciated the way the Sussexes have so flagrantly disrespected the Queen” through their decision.
However, the sympathetic new biography, ‘Finding Freedom’, has tried to show the last few months from the Sussexes’ perspective.
It claims that a feud between Harry and William had been stirring ever since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were introduced to Meghan.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand suggested William had urged Harry not to feel that he needed to “rush” his relationship.
William allegedly said: “Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
The authors wrote: “In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world.”
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince William (Image: Getty)
Royal Family news: Tensions between the Cambridges and the Sussexes were palpable back in March (Image: Getty)
Yet, a source also told the authors: “As William didn’t know a whole lot about Meghan, he wanted to make sure Harry wasn’t blinded by lust.”
The book claims Harry, on the other hand, did not want to be looked after by his brother anymore and wanted to establish his own path.
Both the Sussexes and the book’s authors deny collaborating for the account.
However, Harry was actually supported by William on one key occasion early on in his relationship with Meghan.
The royal released a surprising statement confirming his relationship with Meghan while pleading for her privacy in November 2016, six months after they first started dating.
Harry allegedly thought William had shown signs of “snobbishness” towards Meghan (Image: Getty)
The statement claimed “his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment”.
It added: “Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safely and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”
It concluded: “He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.”
Sources said at the time that William was “deeply unhappy” with Harry’s decision to confirm his relationship with Meghan.
Meghan and Harry during their first public outing as a couple in 2017 (Image: Getty)
Harry and William are thought to still be feuding (Image: Getty)
An insider told the Daily Mail: “He thinks Harry made a mistake in confirming the relationship and releasing such an emotional statement so soon.
“William knows that his brother can be hot-headed and understands that it is something he felt very strongly about.
“Privately, he shares a lot of the sentiments he and Meghan expressed as, make no mistake, she was very involved in the statement too.”
Kensington Palace then quickly shut down such remarks and showed that William publicly supported Harry’s act — even if it was unusual for a royal to speak out in such a manner.
Harry and Meghan have been keen to pursue privacy throughout their married life (Image: Getty)
A spokesman told The Independent: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
William even released a similar statement asking the press to respect Kate Middleton’s privacy back in 2007, on her 25th birthday.
The statement read: “Prince William is very unhappy at the paparazzi harassment of his girlfriend.
“He wants more than anything for it to stop. Miss Middleton should, like any other private individual, be able to go about her everyday business without this kind of intrusion.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK