The Crown’s expert on all things Royal Family has shared his views on the ‘division’ between Princes William and Prince Harry, after the latter moved to the US with wife Meghan Markle and stepped down from senior royal duties.
Robert Lacey has weighed in on the royal ‘feud’ between the two brothers, reflected in his new book, as he shed light on his career as a historical biographer just days after The Crown season four landed on Netflix.
He told Metro newspaper: ‘When I started, many of my friends thought I was a bit bonkers because the royal family wasn’t regarded as a serious topic but it’s endlessly fascinating and it explains how we as a society behave.
‘Who would have thought a few years ago that the once united brothers at the heart of Prince Charles’s slimmed-down monarchy would divide and go in different directions?
‘Now we have this picture of Harry creating a branch of the royal family on America’s west coast. People compare it with the abdication of King Edward VIII, and it was the same clash of duty and love, but whereas the Duke of Windsor produced one set of memoirs and never said anything again, Harry and Meghan will continue pursuing their causes and using social media to spread their word, and the division will remain.’
It’s been alleged the two once-close brothers have reportedly barely spoken since the beginning of the year, while the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan apparently ‘don’t communicate personally at all’ anymore.
Asked whether he ‘had a side’ when it came to the brothers, Lacey was careful to point out there are always two sides to every story – but insisted their apparent rift may be permanent.
He said: ‘I try to make clear in my book that there are two sides to the split and both sides have made mistakes but I’m pretty sure the split will now become permanent.
‘The “spare” is a very difficult role to play – look at Princess Margaret, Prince Andrew and now Prince Harry. Both William and Harry came from a troubled family background but Prince William drew the lesson of duty. He transferred his allegiance from his parents to the Queen, who became his mentor.’
While the current season of The Crown focuses on the story of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage, showrunner Peter Morgan has already ruled out covering Meghan and Harry’s departure from duties in an upcoming season.
Battle Of Brothers: William, Harry And The Inside Story Of A Family In Tumult by Robert Lacey is out now (William Collins)
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