William is 'still hurting about what Harry put Queen through'

Prince William is ‘still hurt and angry about what Prince Harry put the Queen through in her final years’ and his brother’s attacks on Kate Middleton ahead of his Coronation appearance, Rebecca English tells PALACE CONFIDENTIAL

  • Daily Mail’s royal editor discussed the state of Harry and William’s relationship 
  • Read More: Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle had a ‘frosty but polite’ relationship before Megxit, royal expert claims

Prince William is ‘still hurt and angry about what Prince Harry put the Queen through’ in her final years and his brother’s attacks on the Princess of Wales, the Daily Mail’s royal editor has claimed. 

Appearing on the most recent episode of Palace Confidential, Rebecca English discussed the state of William and Harry’s relationship ahead of King Charles’ coronation on 6 May.

Earlier this month, the Duke of Sussex confirmed that he will attend the state occasion without his wife Meghan Markle – who will remain in California with their two children Prince Archie, three, and Princess Lilibet, one.

Reflecting on Harry and William’s relationship in recent years, the royal expert said that those closest to them told her they ‘couldn’t imagine a time where they wouldn’t be able work things out”.

She said: ‘[William and Harry] had been through so much together. But those same people are not saying that now.’

Prince William (pictured with his brother in July 2021) is said to still be ‘angry and hurt following the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

Discussing the Prince of Wales’ current feelings towards his brother, Rebecca continued: ‘I know that William is not just hurt but he’s very angry.

‘Not just for himself but what Harry put their late grandmother through, the things he’s said about his father and also [William’s] own wife.’ 

As such, Rebecca says it will take a ‘lot more’ than Prince Harry flying over for the coronation to heal their relationship. 

In the last few years of her life, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched a series of scathing attacks on the Royal Family – including their Oprah Winfrey interview which aired when Prince Philip was in hospital.  

What’s more, the Daily Mail’s Diary editor Richard Eden said that Prince Harry had made his brother out to be a ‘villain’ in his biography.

He added: ‘If I was Prince William, I would avoid Prince Harry like the plague [at the coronation].’

One of the most explosive claims Prince Harry made in his biography Spare was that a ‘piping hot’ Prince William ‘knocked him onto a dog bowl which cut his back’ during an argument at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Sussex claimed the altercation took place in early 2019 while the brothers were arguing about their relationship, Harry’s rows with the press and Meghan Markle.

The Queen, Prince William and the Princess of Wales pictured at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019

The Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English says Prince William is still ‘hurt’ about what his brother ‘put the Queen through’ in the final years of her life

What’s more, the Princess of Wales didn’t come out unscathed from Prince Harry’s memoirs either. 

As well as detailing a series of awkward moments at the Royal Foundation forum in 2018, Prince Harry also shared tense text messages exchanged between Kate and Meghan about Princess Charlotte’s flowergirl dress.

Sharing his side of the story at the heart  of ‘Megxit’, Prince Harry says his sister-in-law got in touch with Meghan after Princess Charlotte ‘cried when she tried it on at home’.

Harry insisted the incident was driven by his sister-in-law Kate, who appeared irritated that it had taken Meghan a day to get back to her about the problem.

The disagreement between the two women was, he claims, further exacerbated by Kate’s unwillingness to visit Meghan’s tailor at Kensington Palace and suggestions that they hold a party for the page boys when his bride-to-be was busy dealing with a row with her father, Thomas Markle.

In February 2021, The Queen confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not be returning to the UK as senior working royals after their year-long trial of ‘Megxit’.

At the time, the late monarch described the couple as ‘much loved members of the family’ and said she was ‘saddened by their decision’.

The Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’ with Meghan Markle (pictured with the Queen)

The statement said that Meghan and Harry had ‘written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.’

Minutes later, the couple fired back with their own statement saying they ‘remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world’.

They added: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’

Earlier this month, a new biography claimed the late Queen felt as though Prince Harry’s devotion to his wife ‘clouded his judgement’.

The news is disclosed in Robert Jobson’s new book Our King: Charles III — The Man And The Monarch Revealed.

In the lead-up to Megxit, the late monarch is said to have not enjoyed her long conversations with her grandson, finding them difficult and his behaviour strange. 

A source said: ‘Her Majesty found Prince Harry’s calls quite difficult and wearisome. She didn’t want to interfere in the father/son relationship and would urge him to speak to his father.’ 

But Prince Charles simply stopped taking Harry’s calls after his son swore at him and repeatedly asked for funds.

When the Queen asked Charles why he hadn’t given in, he told her that he wasn’t a bank.

The royal couple had stepped down from royal duties in early 2020, moving to Canada before decamping to California, where they live now. 

Queen Elizabeth II was ‘devastated’ when Prince Harry and Meghan announced they would be leaving the royal fold and especially after the bombshell interview with U.S. television giant Oprah.  

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