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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to put their differences with Prince Harry aside for the funeral of Prince Philip earlier this month. Harry, William and Kate were pictured chatting at the sombre event after the Duke of Sussex left the Royal Family in crisis with his bombshell exit from the Firm, dubbed Megxit. The rift was intensified further following a series of explosive claims made by both Harry and Meghan during a now-infamous tell-all with American TV superstar, Oprah Winfrey.
During the bombshell interview, Meghan made allegations of racism, citing “concerns” raised by an unnamed Royal Family member over the colour of her unborn baby’s skin.
Prince William was forced to issue a rare rebuke, insisting his family was “very much not racist” in an extraordinary intervention during a visit to a London school.
And now, royal expert Dan Wootton, who first broke the news of Megxit, has claimed, “the level of bitterness and rancour between the Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex has, if anything, been underplayed”.
Writing in the Mail Online, Mr Wootton said: “Wills was angry about the behaviour of his sister-in-law for well over a year.
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“And that was before she sat down with Oprah Winfrey to attack his beloved wife and then accuse his flesh and blood of racism and uncaring behaviour towards someone with mental health issues.”
The royal commentator went onto cite a royal source, who claimed William was furious with Meghan after she tried to “disrespect” the Firm.
The royal insider told the Mail Online: “William soon began to wonder about some of Meghan’s traits and motivations.
“He was worried that at times she seemed to be more concerned about her personal progression or profile over the wider goals and aims of the Royal Family.
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“But he largely kept any reservations to himself as he desperately wanted her to be happy and appreciated the huge adjustment of entering the Royal Family.
“Following Megxit though, everything changed. He could no longer hide his true feelings because he felt like she had publicly attempted to disrespect his family and the Queen.”
Mr Wootton then sensationally claimed Prince William’s feelings of reservation for the American-born former actor were shared by the Queen’s senior staff.
He said: “I’ve learned senior staff working for the Queen had shared with William their reservations about some of Meghan’s behaviour.
“William is believed to have backed a decision – approved by the Queen – to ban Meghan from borrowing items in the Royal Collection, including tiaras and jewellery once worn by his mother Princess Diana.
“Kate is also thought to have shared with William details of an awkward encounter with Meghan, which I first revealed in December 2018, where she warned her sister-in-law not to talk rudely to staff at Kensington Palace.”
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A source added to the Mail Online: “Her and Kate fell out when she boll**ked Kate’s staff.”
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are currently living in California in a sprawling nine-bedroom house with their one-year-old son, Archie Harrison.
The £11.4million Montecito mansion also boasts a staggering 16 bathrooms.
Prince Harry is expected to be reunited with his brother Prince William, 38, and Catherine, 39, in July this year.
The brothers are set to take part in the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the life of their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
The event is scheduled for July 1, on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.
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But there has been speculation Prince Harry may use the “convenient excuse” of his newborn baby girl as a reason not to return after he was left “shocked” by the response he got when he came back for his grandfather’s funeral.
Commenting, royal expert Russell Myers told talkRADIO: “Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.
“One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I’m sure he could jump on a private jet and made a flying visit.
“But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn’t have to come back and face the family?”
But the Duke’s biographer Angela Levin has issued a word of caution.
She said: “Prince Harry told me he believes that Diana is looking down on him and approving all his moves and actions.
“Does he really think she will endorse this decision?”