Prince William asked uncle to ‘stop Harry rushing to marry Meghan Markle’
Prince William enlisted his uncle’s help in an attempt to slow down Prince Harry’s fresh romance with Meghan Markle, a new book claims.
He reportedly asked Princess Diana’s brother to intervene – feeling Harry was moving too quickly with his new love sparking the ‘rift’ between the siblings, according to the royal insider’s exposé.
In his new book Battle of Brothers, which charts allegations of the row, author Robert Lacey claims William confronted his younger sibling over the relationship once he became aware marriage was on the cards.
William reportedly felt Harry was considering the nuptials too soon, just two years after his first meeting with Meghan.
Ultimately, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would announce their desire to split from the royal family 18 months after their wedding, sending shockwaves through ‘The Firm.’
But before Harry and Meghan had wed, William had reportedly approached his brother to warn him against sealing the union too hastily.
The Duke of Cambridge had himself taken a long time to propose to now-wife Kate Middleton after a nearly decade-long courtship.
According to the latest excerpt from the new book, being serialised in the Daily Mail, William was wary of his role as heir to the throne, and had felt he must treat the relationship like an ‘audition.’
Faced with his younger brother’s desire to wed Meghan, he is said to have told Harry, who was sixth-in-line to the throne, that he too should be cautious about who he picked to join the royal family, according to the author.
“This all seems to be moving rather quickly,” the book claims William told his brother, citing the testimony of more than one friend.
He then added: “Are you sure?”
According to the book, Harry was offended by his older brother’s suggestion – believing William was less motivated by his personal happiness by his own duty to ‘The Firm’ to protect the future of the monarchy.
So William reportedly turned to his uncle, Princess Diana’s brother the Earl Charles Spencer, for help.
The brothers viewed the Earl as a godfather figure after their mother’s tragic death.
But even his intervention was rebuffed by a defensive Harry – and sparked a ‘bitter explosion’ from the younger Prince, the book claims.
Harry empathised with his uncle’s intentions, but was reportedly furious with his brother – who he viewed as trying to enlist their family in meddling in his love life to safeguard the interests of the Crown, according to the author.
The book claims this disagreement was the trigger for many yet to come between the brothers.
And despite attempts to patch up the fracturing relationship and public shows of unity, the rift reportedly deepened.
Despite the alleged acrimony, the book claims the splitting of the business of the Sussexes and Cambridges was initially a practical move the brothers had agreed on.
It was felt that Meghan and Harry should have their own home at Frogmore Cottage, while William and Kate should remain at Kensington Palace.
But the dividing-up of the charitable Royal Foundation was said to have been a sign of troubled waters as the brothers took separate paths. separate ways.
Shortly after Meghan and Harry’s baby Archie was born, it was decided the foundation’s assets would be divided and William and Kate would take over the existing organisation – while Harry and Meghan would establish their own charity.
But the pair’s attempt to trademark ‘Sussex Royal’ put them offside with Buckingham Palace, which the book claims the Queen viewed as an attempt to commercialise the Crown without her blessing.
Mirror Online has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.
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