Prince William’s ‘controlling’ nature blamed for Harry and Meghan rift as Kate steps in


PRINCE WILLIAM played a role in his and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s rift with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, according to an unearthed interview with a royal insider who claimed the future king could be “quite controlling”.

“She can sense that despite everything that has happened, William still feels the loss of Harry.”

The insider, who spoke to US Weekly last week, claimed that Kate is “frantically trying to play peacemaker” between William and Harry, and has spoken to them both.

However, as Kate tries to mend Sussex-Cambridge ties, an unearthed interview exposes William’s alleged role in the feud between the two royal couples.

A longstanding former royal staffer for Harry and William’s father Prince Charles claimed in 2019 that the Duke of Cambridge has lost the “control” he once wielded over his fellow royals after Meghan married into the Royal Family.

Prince William’s role in Sussexes rift as Duke lost ‘control’ after Meghan Markle arrived

Prince William’s role in Sussexes rift as Duke lost ‘control’ after Meghan Markle arrived (Image: GETTY)

Rift: Reported between Sussexes and Cambridges

Rift: Reported between Sussexes and Cambridges (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to the Sunday Times, they said: “William’s quite controlling, and he was in control when it was just the three of them, but now he’s not.

“I personally wouldn’t overegg Meghan’s role in all this because it’s unfair, but equally she knows what she’s doing as an actress from Hollywood.

“She knows all the tricks, she understands the power of social media, and Harry’s getting into all that because he doesn’t much like traditional media either.

“So, they’re maxing up their standalone brand. William’s going to have to get used to it.”

In her analysis of the rift, author of the piece, Sophia Money-Coutts described Kate and Meghan as “very different people”.

Kate: Has tried to play peacemaker

Kate: Has tried to play peacemaker (Image: GETTY)

They said: “Palace insiders are actively briefing against Meghan because people are finding her so difficult to work with.”

In recent months, Meghan and Harry have continued to carve out new lives for themselves in their new home of Montecito, California, where they spend much of their time.

However, earlier this month, the Sussexes did make a rare trip to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The couple attended a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London as part of the celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.

Meghan and Harry: At Queen's Jubilee in June

Meghan and Harry: At Queen’s Jubilee in June (Image: GETTY)

However, they were sat separately from William and Kate, and were not spotted mixing with the Cambridges at any point.

Last week, another royal insider also hinted at continued disharmony between the Cambridges and the Sussexes.

The source claimed that Harry and William’s brotherly bond “hit rock bottom” after the Sussexes’ infamous sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for CBS last year.

Speaking to US Weekly, they claimed William “doesn’t know who [Harry] is anymore and the trust between them is strained.”

However, the Duke of Sussex also claimed that his brother still held a special place in his heart.

During the interview, he said: “I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths.”


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