Prince Harry Has 'Torpedoed Any Remaining Bridges' With The Royal Family, Insider Claims: 'The Trust Is Gone'

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Mar. 29 2023, Published 11:40 a.m. ET

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Prince Harry has been vocal about his issues with his family since leaving the U.K., but his decision to write a tell-all novel might have permanently destroyed his relationship with his brother. A source close to King Charles told an outlet that the Spare author "torpedoed any remaining bridges" after he accused his famous brood of "withholding information."

Harry's difficult relationship with his father took center stage during his lawsuit against Associated Newspapers.

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While in court on Tuesday, March 29, the Duke of Sussex blamed the firm for the media conglomerate's alleged breach of privacy. "There was in place an agreement between the Institution and NGN that we would not engage, or even discuss, the possibility of bringing claims against NGN until the litigation against it relating to phone hacking was over," he said in his witness statement.

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"The Institution made it clear that we did not need to know anything about phone hacking and it was made clear to me that the royal family did not sit in the witness box because that could open up a can of worms," the father-of-two shared. "The Institution was without a doubt withholding information from me for a long time about NGN’s phone hacking and that has only become clear in recent years as I have pursued my own claim with different legal advice and representation."

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Although Harry went to London to continue his fight against the British press, it's been reported that he won't be spending time with Charles or Prince William anytime soon. "William is over it at this stage. If this was about his vendetta with the Mail that would be one thing," a source said. "But Harry keeps doing everything in his power to try and embarrass the family. How can you have a relationship with someone who is doing that?"

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"In 2020 when I moved out of the United Kingdom, there was never any centralized discussion between us about who had brought claims as each office in the Institution is siloed. There is this misconception that we are all in constant communication with one another but that is not true," Harry said, according to court records.

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The veteran also mentioned Princess Diana while pursuing his case. "Following the death of my mother in 1997 when I was 12 years old and her treatment at the hands of the press, I have always had an uneasy relationship with the press," he confessed.

"Following the death of my mother in 1997 when I was 12 years old and her treatment at the hands of the press, I have always had an uneasy relationship with the press," the veteran continued. "However, as a member of the Institution, the policy was to 'never complain, never explain.' There was no alternative; I was conditioned to accept it. For the most part, I accepted the interest in performing my public functions."

Ultimately, those within Buckingham Palace have taken offense to the prince's damaging claims.

"All anyone at the palace ever tries to do is look after the principals. And yes, that might include encouraging them not to take legal action on a regular basis as it rarely turns out well for anyone," a staffer said. "The royal family could spend their entire lives suing everybody if they wanted. It’s so unfair to suggest those people, most of whom spend their whole lives working very hard for the family, for very little reward or recognition, were conspiring against Harry."

Sources spoke to the Daily Beast.

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