Prince William’s ‘famous warning’ to Harry discussed by expert
Harry recently admitted his relationship with his brother was strained as he told Oprah Winfrey in his and Meghan’s shocking interview that they were on “different paths”. William was also the first person to shoot down Harry and Meghan’s claims about the Royal Family to Oprah as he told reporters the family was “not racist” before adding he had not yet spoken to Harry. Now William has reportedly severed ties with his friend Tom Bradby, an ITV royal correspondent with whom he first met in 2001, for appearing to take Harry and Meghan Markle’s side over the royal fallout.
It comes as Meghan is said to have asked to live at Windsor Castle after she married Harry, but the Queen did not agree to this and instead gave them Frogmore Cottage nearby.
Writing an open letter to William for the Daily Mail, Mr Wootton said: “The final straw for you came with the way Harry and Meghan behaved over the Megxit debacle.
“You are right to feel it’s unforgivable that they twice tried to publicly jump your grandmother – now 94 – into giving into their ludicrous demands.”
Royal expert Rebeca English added William’s anger may have also stemmed from Harry “blindsiding” the Queen over his decision to step down as a senior royal to live in the US with Meghan and their son Harry.
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Speaking on the Mail Plus’ Palace Confidential, she said: “The Queen was aware Harry was very unhappy, and I know this from my own sources, but they had no idea he was going to put out the statement that he did when he did it.
“And they had no idea that him and Meghan had spent months creating the Sussex Royal website to go along with it.
“So she was blindsided… William did feel that Harry had done their grandmother quite a great disservice.”
Mr Bradby is also thought to have helped ITV secure the rights to Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Concern was raised this week after it emerged that police have been called to Meghan and Harry’s home nine times in as many months. This was after the couple expressed disquiet about the decision to strip them of round-the-clock police protection.
Since the couple moved into their most recent property in Montecito, Santa Barbara, last summer, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has responded to calls listed as “phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes”.
They are said to have had their eyes set on the luxurious 21-bedroom apartment right next door to Kate and William’s Apartment 1A, according to a 2018 report by the Daily Mail.
It told of how renovations had been spotted at the apartment, with “new mortar optioning over the chimney stacks clearly visible”.
Pictures showed scaffolding works enveloping the royal residence.
A source told the Mail: “He keeps popping round and asking when it will be ready.
“He seems in a real hurry to move in with Meghan.”
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While speaking at an IMF and World Bank meeting, Prince William warned that protecting nature was only a small part in tackling global warming.
He also said investing in reforestation and sustainable agriculture were “cost effective” ways of tackling the issue.
It comes as banks have also come under increasing pressure to step up efforts to help fight climate change.
William said: “We cannot recover sustainably from coronavirus, eradicate global poverty, achieve net-zero emissions, or adapt to climate change, without investing in nature.
“We must invest in nature, through reforestation, sustainable agriculture and supporting healthy oceans… because doing so is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways of tackling climate change.
“It removes carbon from the atmosphere, helps build more resilient communities, tackles biodiversity loss and protects people’s livelihoods.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex now live in the US after quitting as senior royals
Body language expert Judi James explained they may have ditched formalities and shown the more “playful” side of their relationship.
She said: “They have always been a hilariously and openly competitive couple, especially when they’re pitted against one another in any sport and they have always been the most relaxed and vivacious-looking when doing so.
“Recent poses seem to take that playfulness to a new level.
“Kate is what looks like helpless with laughter while a grinning and beaming William signals sharing and approval via some congruent signals of glee as he stands beside her.”
Mike joined the Queen’s cousin the Duchess of Gloucester for a virtual engagement earlier this week. The former England champion took part in a video meeting with Duchess Birgitte as the patron of Cure Parkinson’s trust, a charity focused on finding treatments and a cure for this progressive neurological disease.
The Duchess of Gloucester spoke to Mike in her role as a patron of Parkinson’s UK.
Their meeting was recorded in the Court Circular, the royal diary noting every royal engagement carried out by senior royals.
An entry dated April 7 read: “The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Parkinson’s UK, this morning held a meeting with Mr Michael Tindall (Patron, Cure Parkinson’s) via video link.”
The joint engagement was recorded under the Kensington Palace household, where the Gloucesters live.
Readers voted in our poll on this website which asked: “Should Prince Harry return to the UK for the unveiling of Diana statue?” Some 78 percent of respondents said no, while 21 percent said yes and one percent did not know.
Commenting on the poll, one reader said: “A big NO….”
Another wrote: “Though I feel for William and he may have wanted his brother there for the unveiling, I do not think Harry will be welcome back into the UK and I think that would take Diana’s unveiling away from the occasion it should be.”
A third commented: “He might receive a few boos for the way he has conducted himself. He is a massive let down.”
Another added: “Harry should stay where he is and watch the proceedings on Zoom, after all, I am sure he will want to keep his carbon footprint to a bare minimum.”
Harry, who is living in America with Meghan Markle after quitting royal duties last year, is expected to return to Britain for the event.
The memorial by Ian Rank-Broadley is due to be unveiled in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1.
Last September the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they had signed a multiyear deal with the streaming giant Netflix to produce a variety of programmes.
On Wednesday the royal couple revealed that their first feature would be called “Heart Of Invictus” and would be produced by their Archewell Productions company. The documentary-series will follow competitors as they prepare to take part in the 2022 games.
However, a leading royal commentator believes that the choice of film carries a hidden message for the Queen.
Daniela Elser suggests that Harry is making a pointed reply to the British monarch’s decision to strip him of his military titles earlier this year.
In an op-ed for news.com.au, she wrote: “However what is notable about the news is that it carries with it more than a hint of a swipe at the palace.
“The world has waited more than six months, since news first broke of the Sussexes ‘megawatt’ deal with the streaming giant broke in September last year, to get our first glimpse at what sort of thrilling, novel projects the duo might cook up.
“However, the very choice of this specific series to be their debut outing reads like a stinging rejoinder after he was stripped of his treasured military titles earlier this year.”