Prince William Started the Feud With Prince Harry With a ‘Snobbish’ and ‘Condescending’ Opinion

The royal family has been a source of constant media attention, with the focus of the ongoing feud between Prince Harry and Prince William at the forefront. A new tell-all biographyFinding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, is set to hit newsstands in early August 2020. The Times reported that the book “lays bare the bitterness and infighting that Harry and Meghan feel drove them to quit the royal family.”

The details that led up to the feud are candidly explored by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. They stated, “The book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps” and that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not contribute to the book in any way.

According to palace insiders, The Duke of Cambridge gave his personal opinion to his brother, who found his comments to be condescending. It is that conversation that led to the decline of their once-close relationship.

Prince William and Prince Harry, slightly smiling
Prince William and Prince Harry | Samir Hussein/Getty Images

The ongoing feud between Prince Harry and Prince William

As England’s most prestigious brothers struggle to maintain a long-distance relationship, the media has grabbed hold of what is now being referred to as the “Royal Rift.” Loyal supporters of the two men find it to be “incredibly sad,” considering what they have had to endure with the loss of their mother at such an early age.

Princess Diana’s youngest son, Harry, reportedly felt suffocated by his older brother, who was always attempting to protect him. In the book, the authors claim that when Meghan and Harry began dating, Prince William “wanted to make sure the American actress had the right intentions.” He was reportedly concerned that his younger brother was “blindsided by lust.”

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Extracts from the highly anticipated book reveal that Prince William told Prince Harry, “Don’t feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.” The Duke of Sussex was reportedly insulted by his older brother and felt he heard “a tone of snobbishness” in him calling his future wife, “this girl,” according to Tatler. The new biography claims that Prince Harry felt his brother was being unreasonable, and expressed that “there was a fine line between caring and condescending.”

According to the Daily Mail, “Harry went mental and accused his brother of trying to finish their relationship before it had started.” The young Prince knew that his “love was real, and their feelings for each other were genuine.” Because of the strong connection to his future wife, he became very protective of Markle. The Duke said, “he will do everything he can to keep her safe and away from getting hurt – even if that means distancing himself from those people.” He was adamant that “Meghan was right for him.”

A royal correspondent for The Sunday Times defends the action of Prince William, stating his conduct was “that of a protective sibling and an understandably cautious future monarch looking out for him [Harry] and the institution.” She suggested that “the suggestion that the Cambridges cold-shouldered Harry and Meghan from the start will also raise bemused eyebrows.”

Did Prince William’s comments instigate the start of the highly publicized feud?

Prince Harry’s opinion of his brother deteriorated when Markle began having problems with her father. According to The Sun, “The Duke of Cambridge reportedly couldn’t understand ignoring a parent, whatever they’d done, having lost his mum at such a young age.”

After the royal couple was married, it became obvious that the two brothers were growing apart. When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex indicated that they wanted to live in Windsor, further away from Prince William and Kate, it became the start of the “Dueling Duchesses.”

A royal correspondent refers to the whole situation as “troubling and upsetting,” saying that “words like snobby don’t look good for an institution that’s worked so hard to be relatable.”