PRINCE William was left at his “lowest point” as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Firm took its toll.
The Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview shook the Royal Family to its core, but sparked “added anguish” for Prince William, a royal author has claimed. After quitting royal duties in 2020, the Sussexes moved across the pond to pursue their own opportunities and to be “financially independent”. In March last year, the couple sat down with TV chat show host Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview where they made a series of bombshell claims about their time as senior royals.
In the aftermath of the interview being aired, Buckingham Palace released a statement addressing the accusations, which read: “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.” According to royal author Robert Hardman, the interview particularly impacted Harry’s older brother William.
In an extract of his new book, ‘Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II’ published by Macmillan on March 17, Mr Hardman wrote: “For Prince William, there was the added anguish of seeing the younger brother whom he had protected (and who had idolised him) now throwing incendiary and, in some cases, unanswerable charges into the public domain, fully aware of their likely impact.‘William,’ says one friend, ‘was as low as I’d ever seen him.’
“Since the Oprah interview, the brothers have only met twice — at Prince Philip’s funeral and at the unveiling of the statue of their mother at Kensington Palace.”
Prince Harry ‘would be a distraction’ at Prince Philip’s memorial – POLL
PRINCE HARRY would be a “distraction” if he travelled to the UK for Prince Philip’s memorial, a poll of Express.co.uk readers has shown.In the poll, which ran from 11am on Saturday, March 5 to 3pm on Sunday, March 6, Express.co.uk asked its readers: “Should Prince Harry come to the UK to pay his respects to Prince Philip despite the ongoing protection row?” A total of 7,639 people cast their votes, and hundreds of comments were left in a lively debate.Overwhelmingly, people said “no”, the Duke of Sussex shouldn’t travel back to the UK from the US for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial, with 89 percent (6,786 people) choosing this option.
A further 10 percent (801 people) said “yes”, he should pay his respects. And one percent (52 people) said they didn’t know. In the comments, readers said they thought Harry’s presence might distract from the memorial, with the huge public interest surrounding his relationship with the Royal Family.Username GKatrichis wrote: “Harry’s attendance would be a distraction from the ceremony remembering Prince Philip.”The Duke has begun legal action against the Home Office over the issue, with Harry’s lawyers saying the UK “will always be his home”.
In a preliminary hearing last month Harry’s lawyer, Shaheed Fatima QC, said the Duke doesn’t currently feel safe visiting Britain under current arrangements. She said Harry wants to be able to “come back to see family and friends and support the charities that are so close to his heart”.
The Duke lost the usual taxpayer-funded security afforded to members of the Royal Family when he and his wife stepped down from their roles as working royals and moved to California in 2020.Harry has said he now wants to pay for police security himself, but Government lawyers said this offer was “irrelevant” to how officials make decisions over security for the royals.
The Duke now awaits a judge’s decision over whether his claim will be heard in full. Meanwhile, speculation is growing over whether Harry will attend regardless of the security arrangements.
Russell Myers, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor and Ian Vogler, the publication’s royal photographer, recently spoke about Harry’s potential return on an episode of the podcast Pod Save The Queen.Of Harry, Mr Myers said: “He’s put himself into a difficult position to be honest because of the court case which is ongoing against the British Government, claiming that he can’t come back to the UK or bring his family because it’s too dangerous.
“The fact that he had his security stripped away from him by the Home Office is obviously an ongoing issue. “I think if it was something like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Thanksgiving Service, that probably does change it somewhat because, as the Home Office has said, he would be offered special protected persons category and they would give him the appropriate support and protection.” Mr Vogler added: “We’re heading into the Invictus Games in April as well so I’m sure we’re going to see Harry, either at that service…
“He’s got to come for that [Prince Philip’s Memorial Service] surely. I think people looking to spot Harry, I think there’s going to be some sightings. I’m sure he’ll come for the memorial event.”