Prince William’s eyes ‘red with tears’ after Princess Diana admitted to affair on TV
Prince William’s eyes were red with tears after watching his mum Princess Diana admit to adultery on TV, a new book has claimed.
The future Duke of Cambridge is said to have wept after watching Diana’s explosive interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.
The Panorama interview saw Diana admit she had fallen in love with Army Officer James Hewitt.
Battle of Brothers, a new book by Robert Lacey, claims William, who was 13 at the time, was found slump on the sofa by his Eton housemaster after watching the interview.
He refused to speak to his mother when she phoned him an hour later, the book also alleges.
The book also claims William and his brother Prince Harry began to drift apart when the Duke of Sussex was pictured in a Nazi costume.
The siblings went to Maud’s Cotswold Costumes in January 2005 and chose an animal outfit for William and, for Harry, a khaki-coloured uniform, in which the young duke was photographed while displaying an armband with a swastika.
The response to the incident prompted Harry to reconsider his older brother’s involvement and the differing treatments of the pair, notes Mr Lacey.
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.”
It also claims that William enlisted his uncle’s help in an attempt to slow down Harry’s fresh romance with Meghan Markle.
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.
Mr 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.
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