Prince William is said to be “devastated” and “burning inside” after Prince Harry trashed the Royal Family in his book and a series of interviews.
The Duke of Sussex has taken aim at his brother, stepmother and a string of other royals in a stream of blistering takedowns to promote his new book, Spare.
The Royal Family has taken the high road so far and has not responded, but the Prince of Wales is said to be deeply upset by his younger brother’s behaviour.
“[William] is devastated. He is burning inside. That is how he is feeling,” Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah told UK breakfast show Good Morning Britain.
“But he has chosen not to go toe-to-toe with his brother and no to retaliate, it’s not what he does.
“William is devastated that so much personal stuff has come out, particularly given what he knows about his brother, his experience with his brother, how he looked after him [following the death of their mother].
“But he feels very strongly that it’s just not right to come out and go ‘that didn’t happen, this happened in a different way’. That’s just not how he rolls.”
Harry’s biggest revelation about William so far is his claim that his brother physically attacked him during a row about his marriage to Meghan Markle.
The Duke of Sussex claims he was floored by his brother, who called Meghan “rude” and “abrasive” in a conversation thought to be about her alleged bullying of Kensington Palace staff.
Harry told ITV’s Tom Bradby: “What was different here was the level of frustration, and I talk about the red mist that I had for so many years, and I saw this red mist in him.
“He wanted me to hit him back, but I chose not to.”
He also claimed during the ITV interview that William and his wife Kate Middleton iced out Meghan from the very beginning due to “stereotyping”.
He said it was for “lots of different reasons”, later adding that her being “divorced and biracial” made her a victim of stereotyping.
“I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get into a relationship with someone like Meghan, who had a successful career.”
“American actress, divorced, biracial.. there’s lots of different parts to that.”
In another excerpt, he brands Queen Consort Camilla “dangerous”.
Explaining that description in an interview with US broadcaster Anderson Cooper, Harry said: “Because of the need for her to rehabilitate her image.”.
“On her way to being Queen Consort, there would be bodies left on the street because of that.”
In another passage from the book, he calls Camilla his “wicked stepmother” and claims he and Prince William tried to persuade King Charles not to marry her.
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