A small group of mutual friends shared by William and Harry have spent three years trying to calm down tensions between the two to no avail, one royal author claimed.
Despite these pals' efforts, the Kensington Palace row that drove Prince Harry and Prince William apart shows no signs of ending, claims Robert Lacey, author of bombshell book Battle Of Brothers.
According to Lacey, friends of the two princes have been trying for several months to encourage them to sit down and clear the air – but the sticking point remains Harry’s devotion to his wife Meghan, who one pal of his even admitted “ can be a 500% nightmare”.
The former Hollywood star’s “endless PR” spin makes it difficult for the quiet reconciliation many palace insiders are hoping for, claims Lacey.
It looks like William may have to be the one to compromise. He will have no choice “but to swallow his pride and smile” beside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on next year's Platinum Jubilee balcony.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Lacey goes on to say that the sad occasion of Prince Philip’s funeral, which some hoped might be an opportunity to bring the two brothers together in shared grief over their grandpa, was a very frosty affair.
“There they were, at each other's throats as fiercely as ever,” a source reportedly told the author.
“The rage and anger between those two has grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said.”
According to Lacey, Harry has been telling friends he would like to bury the hatchet with William, and is willing to admit some of the mistakes he has made.
But he reportedly remains as protective of ever of his wife, and the Kensington Palace bullying inquiry – which is expected to bring on for months – is a constantly simmering source of resentment.
The controversy started after Jason Knauf, who worked in communications for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes, collected a list of alleged grievances from members of staff from the shared household.
To counter the allegations Harry and Meghan has reportedly drawn up a dossier that runs to some 30 pages.
Speaking at the time the allegations of bullying were made public, Meghan’s spokesperson said: “The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.”
William reportedly came close to a compromise at one point, Lacey says, before erupting “But look at the way that bloody woman treated my staff — merciless!”
Lacey writes that William was "appalled" by the bullying allegations and for him it was evidence that "Meghan was fundamentally hostile towards the royal system".
Her Majesty the Queen has herself agreed to foot the cost of the bullying inquiry, with a royal source saying: “There is no Sovereign Grant money spent on this review. It’s private. It is met privately. It’s not public money.”
Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and representatives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been contacted for comment.
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