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Tensions among Harry and William have been circulating for some time but things were turned up a notch when Harry decided to sit down with Oprah Winfrey and his wife Meghan Markle to talk about their lives as royals. A series of allegations were made by the Sussexes which included lack of support, struggles with mental health, and racism. The interview with Oprah aired in March and William responded by saying that the Firm “is very much not a racist family”. The last event that Meghan and Harry attended as working royals was the March 2020 Commonwealth Service.
Body language expert Judi James analysed the brothers and talked about the “frostiness between them”.
Ms James said: “At the Commonwealth Service we saw no public acts of unity, just a frostiness that was horrible to watch between two men who had been so close.”
However, this is not the first royal sibling dispute to occur.
The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 was the first major event to be shown on television in the UK.
It was an event watched by over 20 million people but the focus soon shifted from Queen Elizabeth II and onto her younger sister Princess Margaret.
Margaret had been seen touching divorcee, Peter Townsend, by reporters and this act ultimately confirmed what many had been trying to find out for months.
The press had received information that Margaret was having an affair but could not confirm it until they had evidence.
The affair had serious implications because royals were not allowed to marry divorcees, the Church of England did not support divorce and as head of the church, the Queen could not encourage or publicly support her sister’s relationship.
In the Netflix documentary ‘Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty’ Margaret’s authorised biographer, Christopher Warwick said: “One thing about the Queen is that she is such an uncomplicated character.
“She could not understand – why her sister – had to fall in love with a married man.
“She just plummets really.”
As William is second-in-line to the throne he has more duty on his shoulders than Harry, so the Duke of Cambridge’s frustration with the Duke of Sussex is very similar to the Queen’s feelings for Margaret.
When Meghan and Harry set up their account Sussex Royal in 2020, the Queen then ordered them to remove the word ‘royal’ because they were no longer working royals.
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This was quickly met with a response from the couple who released a statement saying: “While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy . . . over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ . . . or . . . ‘Royal.’”
A senior member of royal staff told reporters that the statement was “it for William” as “he felt that they had blindsided the Queen in such an insulting and disrespectful way”.
William and Harry will be unveiling a statue on July 1 to honour their mother Diana, Princess of Wales who would have celebrated her 60th birthday.
The brothers recently condemned the BBC and former BBC journalist Martin Bashir following an independent report by Lord Dyson into how both parties were able to secure an interview with Diana for its Panorama show which aired in November 1995.
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