AceShowbiz - Reconciliation is seemingly not an option for Prince William and his brother Prince Harry. According to a royal expert, the Duke of Cornwall "simply can't forgive" Harry after he opted to step down from his role as senior royal member alongside his wife Meghan Markle in 2020.
Katie Nicholl, the author of "The New Royals - Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown", said on "Dan Wootton Tonight" on Thursday, September 22, "He always thought Harry would be his wingman, now he's doing it on his own." Referring to William's wife Princess Kate Middleton, she added, "Thank goodness he's got Kate by his side."
The rift between the once-close siblings allegedly started even before Harry married Meghan. Back in 2017, it was said that William was against Harry's plan to propose to the former "Suits" actress. William reportedly asked, "Why rush things?" Harry then angrily answered, "Who the hell do you think you are?"
In her book, Katie examines how the tension between the couple and members of the royal family continues to escalate following the Sussexes' decision to step down as senior royals and move to the U.S. The author claimed that William and Kate felt "relief" when the Sussexes revealed they'd be moving away as they felt as though the "drama was gone."
As for Queen Elizabeth II, the late queen was allegedly "hurt and exhausted" by the pair's decision. In an extract of the book published by Vanity Fair, the author wrote, "The Queen made it clear that if Harry and Meghan chose to leave, they could not reap the benefits of being royal."
"And according to a friend, privately the queen confided that she was exhausted by the turmoil of their decision. She was very hurt and told me, 'I don't know, I don't care, and I don't want to think about it anymore!' " she added.
The informant went on to say the Queen was disappointed because she wasn't able to spend as much time with her great-grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet. "It was a source of sadness to the Queen that she got to see so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were not able to join her for a weekend at Balmoral in August, when the queen used to host a 'sleepover' for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren," Katie noted.