Prince Harry and Prince William had ‘furious row’ when families first met Archie
Prince Harry and Prince William had a “furious row” leaving their relationship “deeply damaged”, it has been claimed.
Harry and Wills are said to have suffered a big fallout the night before the Cambridges and Sussexes appeared together at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club last July.
The brothers bond is alleged to have not recovered since the furious row – which was said to have happened the first time the families had met since the birth of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie.
Reportedly the argument was the night before the polo event which saw Harry and Will clash on horseback.
Following the argument relations between the brothers are said to be “tense and deeply damaged”, reports The Sun.
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Harry and William’s rift deepened significantly when Wills told Harry he was “changing” and “speaking rudely to staff”, the source claimed.
They said: “It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see just how damaged William and Harry’s relationship has become.
“They’ll always love each other as brothers, but right now things have never been so bad. William feels betrayed and let down by Harry.
“Harry feels like William and Kate never gave Meghan a chance. And now they’re leaving the country in this state.”
The Daily Star Online approached Kensington Palace for comment on two occasions over the row allegations.
The claims came as yesterday the brothers issued a rare joint statement to strongly deny the claims Wills had been “bullying” Harry and Meghan.
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It had been reported Harry and Meghan feeling forced out by William was one of the main reasons they decided to quit the Royal Family.
In a joint statement, the Dukes slammed the reports as “false” and added the claims were “offensive and potentially harmful”.
The pair added: “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge.
“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”
Harry and William’s statement came just hours before they met with the Queen at Sandringham – where it was decided the Sussexes will leave the family after a transition period.
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Despite this statement, Harry had previously hinted at a troubled relationship with William.
Speaking in an ITV doc in October “We're brothers, we will always be brothers. We're certainly on different paths at the moment.”
The 35-year-old added: “I'll always be there for him, and I know he'll always be there for me.
“We don't see each other as much as we used to, because we're so busy.
"But I love him dearly and the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But as brothers, you know, we have good days and bad days."
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Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the The Firm comes after months of speculation about them drifting away from the rest of the Royals.
William had reportedly warned Harry about rushing into marrying Meghan after first meeting her – citing advance from their mum Princess Diana.
And there were rumoured to be further tensions between William’s wife Kate and Meghan.
The Sussexes spent Christmas and New Year far away from the rest of the family in Canada.
And once they returned Harry reportedly had a flurry of talks with The Queen and Charles before suddenly releasing the statement announcing their intentions.
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Following the intense meeting yesterday at Sandringham, The Queen said she would allow Harry and Meghan to quit as senior royals – but expressed her sadness.
The 93-year-old monarch said they had “constructive discussions” and that the family were “entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family”.
She added she was disappointed the Sussexes wouldn’t remain full-time working members of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan are now expected to spend most of their time in Canada with Archie.
Meghan has said she will not come back to the UK to live, according to reports, and it is said the couple always attended to cross the Atlantic.
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Meghan was not involved in yesterday’s conference, with the Duchess of Sussex barred from joining due to concerns about eavesdropping via Skype.
The Queen has reportedly ordered staff to find solutions to further questions about the Sussexes’ new position “within days”.
Royal aides are expected to draw up guidelines about what the Harry and Meghan can use their branding for in future commercial ventures.
Prince Charles has reportedly warned Harry and Meghan he will not prop up their new lifestyle – with the heir-to-throne already giving them a £2.3 million allowance from the Duchy of Cornwall.
It is expected Harry and Meghan are going to look to capitalise on brand Sussex, starting new business ventures, sponsorships and even looking for more movie roles for The Duchess.
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The Queen has indicated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to start a more "independent life" away from full-time royal duties.
They will begin a transition period of splitting their time between the UK and Canada.
She said her family "respect and understand" their wishes for more independence while still remaining a "valued part" of the monarchy.
In a highly unusual move Harry and Meghan were not referred to as the duke and duchess in the statement, only as the Sussexes and by their first names.
It has raised questions about whether they will retain their titles in the future.
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Talks between the four Royals – the first time they met face-to-face since Harry went public with his plans – were described as “very constructive”.
It is unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name – when not paying condolences following a natural disaster or the death of a world leader.
The move is seen as symbolic of the sovereign taking charge of the crisis that threatens to cause lasting damage to the monarchy.
The head of state also expressed the "support" of herself and the rest of the family for the couple's aspiration to create a new life together with their eight-month-old son Archie.
But she stressed the discussions were "complex matters" for her family to resolve but she wanted "final decisions" in the "coming days".
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The Queen said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family.
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
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"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."
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