Prince William and Prince Harry's love for Queen Elizabeth wasn't enough to heal their sibling rivalry. A source close to the Prince of Wales claimed the two royals butted heads while Her Majesty was on her deathbed — all because of the Duke of Sussex's desire to commute to Balmoral with his brother.
"It was insane," a friend of William’s told an outlet. "They had just spent two years slagging off the entire family and calling them racists. Harry had completely betrayed William, and he was holding the memoir [published after the Queen’s death] and the Netflix series over them as well."
"They hadn’t exchanged a cordial word in months. And then he is texting him, saying, 'Can we get a lift with you.' I think if it had just been Harry, maybe a way could have been found. But Meghan too? Er, no thanks,” the insider added.
Prior to Elizabeth's funeral, Harry and Meghan publicly criticized the institution she led, and the famous brood was aware of the tell-all memoir and docuseries the Sussexes were scheduled to release after the gathering.
Harry and Meghan fled their royal duties in 2020, and the couple slowly began to publicize why they decided to leave their coveted positions. In their 2021 tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, the pair alluded to Harry's family being prejudiced toward Meghan.
"Growing up as a woman of color, as a little girl of color, I know how important representation is. I know how you want to see someone who looks like you in certain positions," Meghan said. "In this position. And I could never understand how it wouldn’t be seen as an added benefit."
"I can give you an honest answer. In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time . . . so we have in tandem the conversation of 'He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born," Meghan shared with the talk show host.
"But the idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea of the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be," she later said.
William's friend spoke to The Daily Beast.