Prince William’s birthday marred by ‘pot shots at Harry’ as brothers rift continues


PRINCE WILLIAM’S 40th birthday was marred and “wasted taking pot shots at Harry”, according to a royal executive editor.

The focuses around the Prince’s birthday were his campaigning with the ‘Big Issue’ about homelessness, his role with his family as the future of the monarchy and his anger toward Prince Andrew.

However, Mr Scobie aptly noted that “front and centre” was still the fractious relationship between the two brothers which was fuelled by their lack of interaction over the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The journalist wrote in Yahoo! News: “When royal aides and off-the-record friends turn coverage of the prince’s birthday into a list of familial complaints about brother Prince Harry, I was left scratching my head at the bizarre direction they chose to take things.”

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Prince William’s birthday has been overshadowed by the rift with Harry (Image: Getty)

Harry and William did not publicly interact over the Jubilee celebrations (Image: Getty)

One friend of William’s told The Mirror that “William is also very principled and believes Harry has crossed a line”, especially after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

The source added: “He’s thrown accusation after accusation, knowing that silence is the family’s only option because it doesn’t want to get dragged into a public slanging match.

“He sees how upset his father has been by it all, and it hurts. William is absolutely allergic to drama, but Harry has ensured that the family laundry is being aired on a global scale.

Mr Scobie wrote in his column: “I can’t help but feel this assortment of sanctioned mouthpieces are doing William a huge disservice here.

“‘William is absolutely allergic to drama,’ one close friend proudly told the newspaper. . . while ranting about the Duke of Sussex. Could have fooled me!”

The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly urged Prince Harry to reach out and attempt to resolve the rift between him and Prince William in what would be the “best birthday gift ever”.

The royal course said that the Duchess even went as far as to contact Harry by “quietly [sending] a message” saying it would be meaningful to William if there was contact from Harry on his birthday.

The source said: “Kate’s a wonderful diplomat and an eternal optimist.
“It’s her firm belief that one day Harry will snap out of his trance and be his own man.

“If she can somehow get the boys to make peace – even temporarily – it would be the greatest birthday gift William could wish for.”


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