Prince William ‘deeply let down’ after Harry opened up on rift – ‘never fully trust again’

Prince Harry's interview analysed by body language expert

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Prince William and Prince Harry’s much-publicised “feud” has been ripped open once again with claims that William felt “let down” by his brother after he commented publicly on the issue. The comments were made by Harry during a trip to Southern Africa in 2019, and revisited this weekend ahead of the publication of an explosive new book. 

Speaking in the ITV documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, the Duke of Sussex revealed that he and William were on “different paths” and had “good days and bad days” in their relationship.

Harry said: “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under… stuff happens. 

“But look we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.”

He went on: “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.

“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly.”

He added:  “The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers it’s just…you have good days, you have bad days.”

However, according to royal author and expert Robert Jobson – who has published an excerpt of his new book, ‘‘William at 40: The Making Of A Modern Monarch’ in the Mail on Sunday – the comments did far more harm than good to the relationship between the brothers. 

Mr Jobson wrote: “At the time, William kept silent but staff were aware of his simmering resentment.”

He quotes a “member of William’s circle” saying: “To say William felt deeply let down would be an understatement. 

“He wasn’t sure if he could ever fully trust his brother again.”

Things would soon turn even thornier, as Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, made some staggering allegations about the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

These included Harry’s claim that his brother and father were “trapped” in royal life. 

Harry told Oprah: “I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”

In a scathing rebuke of the comments, Mr Jobson said William was “staggered” by the comments: “ Far from feeling trapped, William told friends, he now fully embraced and understood the path laid out before him.”

According to Mr Jobson, a senior figure said: “He was furious. He thought it was not only bad manners, but frankly bloody rude to make those claims on his behalf, with no authority, and made worse because it was total nonsense.”

Mr Jobson added: “The Oprah interview had, in short, destroyed any remaining trust in his younger brother. 

“As far as William was concerned, say friends, Harry had ‘totally lost the plot’.”

William allegedly snapped into action after this, with Mr Jobson saying he “decided he had to take the lead in helping the Royal Family to form a clear strategy and action plan on how to deal with the renegade royals”.

The Duke is since said to be a “key figure in ongoing conversations between the Queen and Charles on how to counter Harry and Meghan’s verbal attacks”.

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