An explosive book about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry laid bare the truly fractured relationship between the couple and the Monarchy.
Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand thrusted the Royal Family into the spotlight once again and loaded on fresh embarrassment to the fiercely private Palace walls.
The book lifts the lid on the 35-year-old prince's relationship with his brother William, 38, which seemingly began to take a dramatic downturn when Harry and Meghan became engaged in 2017.
It's no secret the brothers haven't always seen eye to eye, with Harry admitting to friend and ITV news presenter Tom Bradby in a documentary last year: "we’re certainly on different paths".
He added: “Part of this role and part of this job, and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
"But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. And we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.”
He continued: “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but you know, I love him dearly. The majority of this stuff [in the press] is created out of nothing, but you know, as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”
And it has emerged that the incident that is said to have sparked increased tension between the pair was in November when Harry and Meghan, 38, became engaged.
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According to The Telegraph, William took his brother aside and said: “Are you sure about this?”
A source previously told The Sun that Harry “went ballistic and said: 'You’re trying to wreck this relationship before it’s even started.'”
Other sources have also claimed Kate and William “did not make Meghan feel particularly welcome” when she moved to the country.
“You have to remember that Kate and Harry were always very close too,” said one insider.
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“It wasn’t a rivalry between the brothers but more a sense that they would be competing over who would lead on their various issues."
Harry and Meghan went on to split from the Royal Foundation charity, formed by William and Harry, to set up their own one.
Before meeting Meghan, Harry had also reportedly "felt awkward as a plus one", but when he met the actress and women's rights activist that's when he is said to have finally found his confidence to make a change.
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Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the Royal family in March and temporarily relocated to Canada.
They are now based in Meghan's home city of Los Angeles with their one-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
A spokesman for the Sussexes told The Times: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
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