Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince William is sticking by his wife's side after the former actress revealed the two got into an argument before her 2018 wedding.
"William is very protective of Kate and can get very angry," royal expert and biographer Penny Junor told PEOPLE. "For Meghan to name Kate in a negative light is worse than being attacked himself."
During the chat, Winfrey asked Meghan, 39, if she made Kate, 39, cry. However, Meghan said "the reverse happened."
"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining — the flower girl dresses, and it made me cry and it really hurt my feelings," she said. "I thought in the context of everything leading up to the wedding, that it didn’t make sense to not just be doing whatever anyone else was doing, knowing what I was going through with my dad and what not."
She continued, "It was a really hard week of the wedding and [Kate] was upset about something but she owned it — she brought me flowers, she apologized, a note apologizing – she did what I would do if I knew I hurt someone. What was shocking – six, seven months after our wedding that the reverse of that would be out in the world. I would have never wanted that to come out about her, ever, even though it had happened. I protected that from ever coming out in the world."
The mom-of-one brought up the past to "highlight how differently they were treated," a source said. "The point of raising who made who cry was not to disparage the Duchess of Cambridge."
Unfortunately, it seems like the two ladies — who apparently haven't communicated "directly in over a year" — might not make amends anytime soon.
"I think what has really upset William is Kate being dragged into the interview," royal expert Katie Nicholl said. "I was told by sources that [William] is beyond livid over this interview and the damage that it has done, and I do know that behind the scenes, Kate really has tried to be a peacemaker and certainly tried to get the brothers back together, so I think she will certainly be upset she was brought into this."