William was furious at Harry and Meghan's 'insulting and disrespectful' response to The Queen after they were banned from using 'royal' - and he believes they DID 'blindside' her with Megxit website, say allies

 Prince William was furious that Harry and Meghan 'insulted' the Queen with a 'disrespectful' response to her ban on them using the word 'royal' in future business ventures, allies said last night in fresh revelations about the Royal Family amid the fall-out from the Sussexes' Oprah interview.

The Duke of Cambridge's rift with his brother is said to have soured even further in early 2020 when the Sussexes 'blindsided' Her Majesty with a terse statement hitting back at the Palace last year. 

William's allies have provided fresh insights amid the ongoing fall-out from Harry and Meghan's accusations of racism in the Royal family, and their revelation last week to US TV host Gayle King that peace talks with the prince and Charles had not been 'productive'. 


The sources said that the episode that 'most upset' William was in March 2020 when in a post on their SussexRoyal website the couple wrote 'there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy... over the use of the word "Royal" overseas'. 

The curt phrasing, issued as courtiers haggled over the Sussexes new settlement away from frontline duties last year, crossed a line for William, who felt it a rebuke to the Queen.  

'That was it for William, he felt they'd blindsided the Queen in such an insulting and disrespectful way,' a source close to the prince told The Sunday Times - in a piece which interviews numerous allies and makes the second-in-line to the throne's feelings clear.

Describing the Sussexes' response, the royal source added to the paper that 'the content and that it is still online is staggering', while adding that the brothers 'did not part shores as friends' - despite going for a lengthy walk together at the Sandringham summit during which Harry agreed he would step back from Royal duties. 

The tension was palpable during the brothers' last public engagement together, at a Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, and the SussexRoyal statement was still at the front of William's mind, friends said. 

The friends also say that William was a peacemaker during the 'tensions' leading up to Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018, during which the infamous incident in which Meghan claims Kate Middleton made her cry occurred. Differing accounts of that event say it was Kate who was the one in tears. 

The source said: 'Every time there was a drama, or a member of staff on the verge of quitting, William would personally try and sort it out.' The Palace has also opened an inquiry into claims that Meghan bullied staff.

The coronavirus pandemic is said to have made William embrace his role in public life 'more than ever', and while supporting frontline health workers  he has reflected on his time as an Air Ambulance pilot where he witnessed 'some very sad, dark moments on very traumatic jobs involving children'. 

However he still believes in his grandmother's approach of taking a 'more passive role' as head of state and does not wish to 'meddle' in party politics. 

But he was said to have been 'unhappy' at Boris Johnson putting the Queen in an 'unenviable' position over Brexit, a source told the Sunday Times. 

The Prime Minister asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament in 2019 - which the Queen had no option but to do under he role as head of state.

But the move move was later declared unlawful and sparked an apology from Mr Johnson to the monarch.

The Mail On Sunday also today revealed that The Queen is to boost the Palace's diversity initiatives after Harry and Meghan's accusations of racism continue to sour the relationship between Harry, his father and his brother – and was the reason Gayle King, a US chat-show host and friend of Harry and Meghan, last week described recent phone calls between them as 'not productive'.

And aides say the rift with Harry has brought William closer to his father, and William is said to have been responsible for stressing that the Royal Family take issues of race 'very seriously' in the statement responding to the Oprah interview.    

 The friend said: 'At William’s wedding there was a gag in one of the speeches that he was more like his father than he’d ever admit, which made a lot of us laugh. As their respective destinies get closer, it weighs more heavily on them and strengthens the bond. The rift with Harry has also brought them closer.”

Prince William was furious that Harry and Meghan \'insulted\' the Queen with a \'disrespectful\' response to her ban on them using the word \'royal\' in future ventures, allies revealed last night

Prince William was furious that Harry and Meghan 'insulted' the Queen with a 'disrespectful' response to her ban on them using the word 'royal' in future ventures, allies revealed last night

The tension was palpable during the brothers\' last public engagement together, at a Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, and the SussexRoyal statement was still at the front of William\'s mind, friends said

The tension was palpable during the brothers' last public engagement together, at a Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, and the SussexRoyal statement was still at the front of William's mind, friends said

The curt phrasing, issued as courtiers haggled over the Sussexes new settlement away from frontline duties, crossed a line for William, who felt it a rebuke to the Queen

The curt phrasing, issued as courtiers haggled over the Sussexes new settlement away from frontline duties, crossed a line for William, who felt it a rebuke to the Queen 

Harry and Meghan's announcement early last year they planned to step down as senior royals plunged the Family into crisis talks at Sandringham. 

Sources told the paper William and Harry went for a walk after the Sandringham Summit to cool tensions that had been mounting for some months.

After initially being hailed as the Fab Four set to broaden the monarchy's appeal to a younger generation, cracks had long started to appear in the Sussex-Cambridge dynamic. 

Harry and Meghan uprooted from Kensington Palace to set up their own household at Frogmore Cottage, while reports started emerging of friction between the duchesses.

A year later and the Royal Family - and the brothers' relationship - has been rocked by a fresh saga following explosive claims during the Oprah Winfrey interview.

William is the only royal to have so far addressed the interview publicly, telling reporters he was due to speak with his brother and stressing 'we're very much not a racist family'.

But friends told The Sunday Times his 'head is all over the place' and he's still reeling from the couple's remarks. 

Those close to him refute Harry's claim that William is 'trapped' within the institution of the monarchy, rubbishing it as 'way off the the mark'. 

However while the situation is still 'raw', William is said to have resolved to repair the relationship with Harry 'in time'. 

The gulf between him and his brother has brought him closer to Charles and his grandmother, The Queen, a source said. 

A year later and the Royal Family - and the brothers - have been rocked by a fresh saga following explosive claims during the Oprah Winfrey interview

A year later and the Royal Family - and the brothers - have been rocked by a fresh saga following explosive claims during the Oprah Winfrey interview 

Meanwhile a former Palace aide described how William had been left with 'the absence of his brother' after he decided to step back as a senior royal and migrate to California.

They said: 'Once he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother.

'They shared everything about their lives, an office, a foundation, meetings together most days and there was a lot of fun along the way. He'll miss it forever.'    

Elsewhere another close friend of both brothers said comments made by Prince Harry that his brother was 'trapped' within the system 'were way off the mark' and said: 'He has a path set for him and he's completely accepting of his role.' 


Earlier it was revealed that more than 90 minutes of unseen footage from the Oprah interview could be aired to the public by ITV and further scupper peace talks between the Duke of Cambridge and his brother. 

A source told the Sunday People: 'There is a lot of interest in showing the interview in full.

'The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK and was bought by firms around the world.'

They added: 'Oprah's production company know they're sitting on a goldmine so it's possible a deal could be done.'    

It comes after CBS presenter Gayle King said she had spoken to the Sussexes who told her that Harry had talked to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales after the interview. 

But she said the conversations were 'not productive' and the Sussexes were keen for the 'royals to intervene and tell the Press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant'.

CBS presenter Gayle King said she had spoken to the Sussexes and that conversations between Prince Harry and his brother and father were \'not productive\'

CBS presenter Gayle King said she had spoken to the Sussexes and that conversations between Prince Harry and his brother and father were 'not productive'

Prince Harry arrives with his best man Prince William at St George\'s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 2018

Prince Harry arrives with his best man Prince William at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in 2018

Ms King, 66, who is also close friends with Oprah, failed to give any examples of the stories she was referring to, but added that Meghan had 'documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah's interview'.

She told CBS This Morning: 'Well I'm not trying to break news, but I did actually call them to see how they were feeling, and it's true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too. 

'The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.

'And I think what is still upsetting to them is the palace keep saying they want to work it out privately, but yet, they believe these false stories are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan, still. 

'No one in the Royal Family has talked to Meghan yet, at this particular time. 

'And I think it's frustrating for them to see that it's a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the Press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant.

'And until you can acknowledge that, I think it's going to be hard to move forward. But they both want to move forward with this and they both want healing in this family. At the end of the day, that is Harry's family.'

During their interview this month the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said racism drove them out of Britain and claimed their son Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race.


Earlier this week\u00A0Prince William spoke with Syrian aid workers about how donations from Britain are being used to help millions of vulnerable people

Earlier this week Prince William spoke with Syrian aid workers about how donations from Britain are being used to help millions of vulnerable people

Meghan Markle claimed she entered the Royal Family 'naively' and didn't do any research about her husband or the institution and Prince Harry accused his father Prince Charles of refusing to take his calls when the pair emigrated to the US last year.   

Last week, Prince William defended the Royal Family, saying it was 'very much not a racist family' while on a trip to a school in London, and said ominously of Harry: 'I haven't spoken to him yet but I will do.' 

This evening Kensington Palace released footage of Prince William speaking with Syrian aid workers about how donations from Britain are being used to help millions of vulnerable people.

Speaking with humanitarian workers Fadi Hallisso, Kawther Mohamad Ali, and Shahinaz Muamar via video call on Thursday, the duke said he was 'amazed' by the money raised to date, but acknowledged it is 'nowhere near what you need'. 

 
William was furious at Harry and Meghan's 'insulting and disrespectful' response to The Queen after they were banned from using 'royal' - and he believes they DID 'blindside' her with Megxit website, say allies William was furious at Harry and Meghan's 'insulting and disrespectful' response to The Queen after they were banned from using 'royal' - and he believes they DID 'blindside' her with Megxit website, say allies Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 10:05 Rating: 5

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