Prince Harry and Prince William are unlikely to mend their now-damaged relationship as members of the royal family “specialize in very, very long feuds,” according to a new episode of news week‘S The Royal Report podcast.
The strained relationship between Harry and William has been well documented in recent years, with Harry making a number of allegations against his brother in his recent media projects, including his Netflix documentaries and Blockbuster memoir.
On Wednesday, reports that he and Meghan had been evicted from their home, Frogmore Cottage, on the estate of Windsor Castle following the release of Harry’s memoir, which was important to the couple for safety reasons when visiting the UK, were confirmed by the couple issued a statement via a spokesman who announced: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been ordered to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
This latest blow, which is expected to be authorized by King Charles, could spell an end to Harry and Meghan’s presence in the UK.
“Let’s assume Harry and Meghan all make visits to the UK, but do you think we’ll then see Charles and William go out to see Harry in America or is that basically complete estrangement?” The royal chief correspondent Jack Royston asked Tom Quinn, author of the new royal book Gilded youthAt The Royal Report.
“The royal family specializes in very, very long feuds,” he replied. “If you believe that over a period of about 40 years Queen Victoria never forgave her son, later Edward VII, for causing what she saw very unfairly to be Albert’s death. She never forgave him for that. And that’s exactly what I think is going to happen with Harry now.”
“The argument between William and Harry, I think it’s going to be very difficult,” he continued. “It will be a feud between the generations. I think it is very unlikely that they will be comfortable with each other. It’ll be like the Queen Mother – she’s finally met Mrs Simpson [the Duchess of Windsor] some 50 years after she first met her, and that wasn’t until after Edward VIII died. So I can imagine that this will continue for a long time.”
The Queen Mother (known as Queen Elizabeth during the reign of her husband George VI) was involved in a widespread feud with the Duchess of Windsor. When Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry then-Wallis Simpson, a divorced American, it prompted his younger brother (and his wife Elizabeth) to shoulder the monarch’s burden, which Elizabeth reportedly never had for the couple forgiven.
William has not officially commented in his memoir on the claims and allegations made against him by Harry on the Netflix show spare part, or the interviews that promote it, despite being the most criticized alongside Queen Camilla.
Among the personal observations Harry made in his memoir, he commented on William’s “alarming” baldness, the fact that he was losing his physical resemblance to Princess Diana, his envy of his younger brother’s beard, and his unspoken rivalry.
Among the more serious allegations was a report of a physical attack William allegedly perpetrated on Harry during an altercation at Kensington Palace in 2019.
Reportedly upset by Meghan Markle’s treatment of palace staff and Harry’s unwillingness to address the issue, Harry wrote: “He [William] turned off the water, called me another name, and then approached me. Everything happened so fast. So very quickly. He grabbed my collar, broke my chain and threw me to the ground. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which broke under my back and the pieces cut into me. I lay dazed for a moment, then got up and told him to get out.
“‘Come on, hit me! You feel better when you hit me! What are you doing? Come on, we always fought.
“‘No, only you’ll feel better if I hit you. Please… just go.'”
On the future of the brothers’ relationship, Quinn suggests that they might want to meet in person again at some point.
“I think they could try to have a private meeting because I think William and Harry were close,” he told Royston.
“They were close because of all the horrible things that happened around them when they were younger, but sadly that glue later went away. So, I think they could try to meet privately at some point, but how can you do that? […] it would be very difficult. You’re not going to want the press to jump on it right away, so I think you have that barrier and you have the royal family’s natural tendency to be quite unforgiving.
In summary, the author offered, “These feuds can go on forever, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens with William and Harry.”
Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family by Tom Quinn is published in the UK by Biteback Publishing and is available now.
James Crawford Smith is latestpagenewss royal reporter based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and keep reading his stories latestpagenewss The Royals’ Facebook page.
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