Prince William and Harry’s rift ‘started when younger brother wore Nazi costume’
Prince William and Harry developed a serious rift when the younger brother was pictured in a Nazi costume, a new book claims.
The brothers picked outfits at Maud’s Cotswold Costumes in January 2005 for a fancy dress party.
William chose an animal costume and Harry decided on a khaki-coloured uniform.
The Duke of Sussex was later photographed while displaying an armband with a swastika, hitting headlines around the world.
The response prompted Harry to consider the differing treatments of the pair, royal biographer Robert Lacey claims in Battle of Brothers, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail.
The book says Harry began to feel alienated from his family following the costume party incident, with a former aide saying of the brothers: “For the first time, their relationship really suffered and they barely spoke.
“Harry resented the fact that William got away so lightly.”
Mr Lacey also claims the boys’ nanny Barbara Barnes acted as a surrogate mother due to Diana’s health concerns and humanitarian commitments, with Ms Barnes teaching them to walk, talk and read.
She was later dismissed without being allowed to farewell the young princes.
Mr Lacey wrote: “Following the death of Diana in 1997, people remarked on how well the two young princes reacted to the unjust and unexpected removal of a mother figure from their lives – surprised, bewildered and distraught though they were.
“In fact, ten years earlier, they’d had a little practice.”
The book also alleges:
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