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The Duke of Sussex’s relationship with The Firm has deteriorated since stepping down as a senior member of the Royal Family alongside his wife Meghan Markle. The couple now live in Los Angeles with their son, Archie.
But rumours of a rift between Prince Harry and his brother, William, have surfaced and now Royal biographer Robert Lacey has claimed the Duke of Cambridge was more “kindly treated” than Harry.
While speaking on the Pod Save the Queen podcast, Mr Lacey said: “I would say William has been more kindly treated than Harry has been, but that has always been the fate of the spare.
“Harry follows, sadly, in the tradition of Princess Margaret or Prince Andrew as number twos in the system, who are treated harshly by the logic of the royal system which actually favours the main bloodline.
“When they are born and are young and children, the spare is always so close to the centre of things and it is their destiny, through life, to be pushed ever outwards.
“In technical terms, of course, they go down the line of succession.
“From Harry being right next to William in the succession, he is down to six, seven, eight or so.”
Currently, Harry is sixth in line to the throne following Prince Charles, Prince William and the three Cambridge children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
Mr Lacey, who wrote the book Battle of the Brothers, which unpacked the relationship between the pair, claimed the rift between the two is worse than anyone thinks.
But he explained how their relationship is vital to the future of The Firm.
Mr Lacey said: “If this breach between the brothers is not healed in some way it will come to stand with the abdication crisis and the death of Diana as one of the traumas that changed the monarchy.”
It is believed the two princes have “cut contact” with each other for two months after Harry moved to the US with Meghan.
Omid Scobie – who co-wrote the Meghan Markle biography Finding Freedom – said their relationship is going to “take some time to heal”.
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Speaking on True Royalty, he said: “The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit.
“They hadn’t seen each other. That’s really going to take some time to heal.
“I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider.
“And that’s partly because of things that take place – and we discuss them in the book.
“I think really where it went wrong for Harry and Meghan and the Cambridges was that decision to go public with the road map to their new working model.
“The statements weren’t discussed internally.
“That’s really what caused the most amount of hurt to William, because he wears two hats.
“He’s not just the brother, he’s also future king and he felt that damaged the reputation of the family.
“That is put family business out into the public domain when it should’ve been discussed privately and there was a lot of hurt there that continues to this day.”
Mr Scobie then accused Kate Middleton of being instrumental in the damaged relationship between Prince Harry and the Firm.
He continued: “I don’t think there was really much attempt to make them stay.
“If I’m being honest – and that’s highlighted throughout the book – the relationship between Meghan and Kate really never progressed that far.
“Meghan felt there wasn’t much effort made on Kate’s side to look after her during some of the darker moments, particularly during her pregnancy.”
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