Harry called Meghan ‘this girl’ despite being ‘p***** off’ when William made same remark

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Meghan and Harry are currently embroiled in a row with the Royal Family following their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The pair made several allegations against the Firm including issues on race and mental health. While the family is largely unable to respond on an individual level, Prince William this week broke his silence.

When asked by a reporter whether the Royal Family was racist, he replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”

He said he had not yet spoken to his brother but “will do” soon – something that happened this weekend, according to The Sunday Times.

The two have had a rocky relationship in the preceding years, enduring lengthy spells of broken communications.

Tensions erupted last year when it was claimed that Harry took offence when “snobby” William cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan.

The claim came in the bombshell biography of Meghan and Harry, ‘Finding Freedom’.

Authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie repeated allegations that William questioned the speed at which Harry’s relationship with Meghan was moving.

According to the book, Harry was furious when William told him: “Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”

He is said to have considered the words “this girl” to be condescending.

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The book said: “In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world.

“During his ten-year career in the military, outside the royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.”

The Prince, however, appeared to forget his anger when in 2017, he himself referred to Meghan as “this girl”.

It came during his and Meghan’s engagement interview with the BBC.

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When BBC presenter Mishal Husain asked: “Do you have that sense of responsibility, Prince Harry, for what you are asking Meghan to do?”, Harry replied: “Of course, that sense of responsibility was essentially from day one, or maybe a couple of months in, when I started to realize actually this is, I feel I know that I am in love with this girl and I hope that she is in love with me but we still have to sit down on the sofa.

“You know, I still have to have some pretty frank conversations with her to say what you are letting yourself in for it’s a big deal. It’s not easy for anybody.

“But I know at the end of the day, she chooses me and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually, it will always be us together as a team.”

Meghan, pleased with the comment, said: “That’s so nicely said, isn’t it?”

In response to William’s “this girl” remark, a source is cited as having said in Finding Freedom: “William may have felt he was acting out of concern, but Harry was offended that his older brother still treated him as if he were immature,’ claims the book, which is sympathetic to the Sussexes.

“Harry was p***** off.

“P***** off that his brother would ask such a thing.”

In another excerpt from the book, a friend of Harry’s told the authors: “A happy and content Harry is rare, so to see him practically skipping around was a delight.

“But at the same time, William has always felt he needs to look out for Harry, not as a future Monarch but as an older brother.

“Their whole adult lives he’s felt he should keep an eye on Harry and make sure he’s not in trouble and on a good path.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, Buckingham Palace said the Royal Family were “saddened” to learn about Meghan and Harry’s struggles.

It read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

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