They had a "fierce and bitter" argument when Will confronted Harry about the claims, according to historian Robert Lacey.

By Alicia Brunker
Jun 20, 2021 @ 10:47 am
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Back in 2019 (before the royal drama hit a fever pitch), it was announced that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, would be splitting from Kate Middleton and Prince William's charity, the Royal Foundation, and would establish their own charitable endeavor. Confirmation of the split was shocking and seemingly came out of nowhere, but according to historian Robert Lacey, there was much more going on behind closed doors.

In his book Battle of Brothers: The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, Lacey added new chapters and material, and in new excerpts published in The Times on Saturday, he offered more insight into Will and Harry's decision to severe professional ties. Per Lacey, the tension between the brothers reportedly reached an all-time high in October 2018 when a senior palace aide claimed Meghan was bullying staffers. William learned of the accusations and confronted Harry about it, which lead them to engage in a "fierce and bitter" argument.

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"When Harry flared up in furious defense of his wife, the elder brother persisted," Lacey wrote. "Harry shut off his phone angrily, so William went to speak to him personally. The prince was horrified by what he had just been told about Meghan's alleged behavior, and he wanted to hear what Harry had to say. The showdown between the brothers was fierce and bitter."

A friend told Lacey the argument is what prompted Will to remove Harry and Meghan from their joint office, adding: "William threw Harry out."

Lacey also claimed that William previously confided to a pal that he thought Meghan had an "agenda," and that the bullying allegations confirmed his reservations, while Kate was equally as "wary" of the Duchess of Sussex.

The brothers have yet to officially resolve their disagreement, but next month, they will come together to unveil a statue commemorating their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday at Kensington Palace.