Britain’s royal family put on a dazzling display of unity at Princess Kate’s Christmas concert on Thursday, with King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla and Prince William all in attendance for the ‘Together at Christmas’ event. .
Of course they weren’t everything whole.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in their $14.5 million home in Montecito, California, dealing with the fallout from their Netflix docu-series finale
The last three episodes have seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a series of explosive statements against the Royal Family as cameras follow them through some of their most intimate moments, from Prince Philip’s death to family time with their children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet. , 1.
The most heartbreaking moments come when Harry, 38, talks about William – the older brother he had relied on for most of his life and, before his marriage to Markle, his closest confidant.
Harry says William yelled at him in front of Queen Elizabeth during a conversation about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving the Royal Family. He also states that William broke a vow the brothers had made not to pit their offices against each other in the press. William, the heir to the throne, is stuck in the “institution” they were both born into, Harry says.
“I think that’s it,” a well-placed royal source told Page Six of Harry and William. “They’re done…”
While Buckingham Palace has remained significantly silent, the Daily Mail reported that William would take Harry’s comments “very personally”.
Speaking about Thursday’s photos which showed the Royal Family, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Countess of Wessex, smiling at Westminster Abbey, the royal source said: ‘The photos of the family together said it all, while that Harry and Meghan were distant, sad and bitter in Montecito.
Harry also admits during the series that he had lost friends after leaving the UK and that he had missed ‘the strange family gatherings’ – although he adds that his mother, the late Princess Diana, had loved the United States and would have “potentially” ended up living. here.
Another insider pointed to the show’s revelation that the couple made Hollywood bigwig Tyler Perry godfather to their daughter Lili, despite only meeting him months before she was born. “Do they have real friends, or is it just Oprah Winfrey? asked the insider. “They seem to be quite isolated.”
The royal source speculated that Markle, 41, may not understand the extent of the royal family’s broken bones. “Meghan [who has half-siblings] considers herself an only child, I don’t think she understands sibling dynamics.
Yet a London socialite who knows the Sussexes well said Markle contacted William herself a few times after they moved to the US, only to be rebuffed by the future king.
“I was told William said he wanted to talk to Harry himself and didn’t want to go through Meghan,” the socialite told Page Six.
A Kensington Palace representative had no response.
The Sussexes have spent the past few years shooting footage for the documentary series, including on their own phones as they leave the UK and royal life behind.
But behind the scenes, as Page Six previously revealed, the couple tried to scrap pieces of the series, which was directed by Liz Garbus, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September – apparently worried about how they might be perceived.
“They were concerned about the show premiering – with their many complaints – at such close proximity to the Queen’s passing, but the reaction would have been the same no matter when it aired,” a knowledgeable insider said. from Netflix.
“Harry and Meghan had made promises to Netflix, saying ‘We won’t step on your toes’, but then they wanted to push it to next year and cut pieces. Netflix said no,” said one Netflix’s second source.
Page Six has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Perhaps one scene the couple wanted to delete is the part where Harry – who fought two wars as a British soldier – says he was ‘terrified’ when his brother ‘screamed and screamed’ at him during the Sandringham summit, a meeting called to discuss his royal future.
He also accuses his father, King Charles, of saying things that “just weren’t true” as the late Queen “sat there and figured it all out” at the emergency meeting.
Harry – who says he and Markle offered to give up their royal titles – claims he was given five options, including staying, and chose the ‘half, half out’ option, which meant the couple would have her own job but would also work in support of the Queen.
“The saddest part of it all was this rift created between me and my brother so he’s now on the side of the institution,” Harry said of the reunion. “Part of that I get, I understand, it’s true, it’s his legacy. So to some extent it is already ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survival and continuation of this institution.
The episodes are full of mockery of both William and his wife, now the Princess of Wales: Markle recalls meeting Kate for the first time, barefoot and dressed in ripped jeans, and greeting her with a hug.
“Like I’m a hug, I’ve always been a hug,” Markle adds. “I didn’t realize that was really shocking to a lot of Brits.”
A Welsh friend told People magazine this week, however, that “Kate is a big hug. She is warm and friendly and greets everyone with a big hug and kiss. It’s natural for her to be like that.
In one of the series’ most damning moments, the Sussexes accuse William of being behind a plot to get their former communications chief to fight against them. The couple have learned that ex-rep Jason Knauf – who also worked in William’s office – provided a witness statement and texts from Markle, as part of the couple’s legal privacy case against the newspaper. Mail on Sunday.
Upon learning of Knauf’s statement, a distraught Markle said to Harry on camera, “So how do we handle this? It is your brother. I won’t say anything about your brother, but it’s so obvious…”
Asked about the allegation that he submitted a witness statement with the consent of William’s office, Knauf’s rep said, “These claims are entirely false.”
“Meghan and Harry don’t want to be kicked out of the family completely. Meghan is particularly attached to what she perceives as the agenda against them and she’s on this quest to clear her name – to tell the truth or, at least, his version,” a royal insider who knows the Sussexes told Page Six.
Page Six, meanwhile, has been told by multiple sources that Kate and William have no plans to watch the Netflix show and that assistants are watching it instead. Despite an apparent olive branch after Queen Elizabeth’s death in September, when Harry and Markle joined William and Kate – at Welsh request – to pay their respects to the monarch outside Windsor Castle, the brothers never spent much time together while Harry was in London.
As Page Six previously reported, King Charles would want Harry and Markle at his coronation in 2023 — and there’s very little chance he’ll ever strip them of their titles.
In Harry and Markle’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the prince admitted that his relationship with William “is space at the moment”, but added that he “loves William to pieces – we’ve been through it. hell together. And you know, time hopefully heals everything.
However, there remains Harry’s memoir, ‘Spare’, due out on January 10, with no doubt more accusations against the Royal Family.
But as the well-placed royal source put it: “How can you get on TV and talk about your only brother like that?”
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