The Express: No End to William & Harry's Feud While Duke of Sussex Is 'Under the Thumb' of Meghan

The feud between Prince William and Prince Harry seems unending. According to a royal expert, the Duke of Sussex is believed to be "under the thumb" of Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, have been unable to end the feud between them. Royal author, Hugo Vickers, believes that the rift would persist so long as Harry is under the control of his wife.

The author's words showed that the princes' attempt at reconciliation had been a failure. Harry and William, who kept the hopes of royal fans high after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, are still in dispute.

Prince William and Prince Harry at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9, 2017 in Vimy, France | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William and Prince Harry at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9, 2017 in Vimy, France | Photo: Getty Images

UNDER MEGHAN'S THUMB

Vickers, who has written several books about the royals, mentioned that William and Harry are expected to settle their differences at Princess Diana's statue unveiling. However, their dispute seems eternal and might overshadow the event.

A report surfaced that Prince William had referred to Markle as "that bloody woman."

The royal biographer revealed that any attempt at reconciliation would be unfeasible thanks to Prince Harry's wife, Meghan Markle. If Harry attempts to make peace, he would have to answer to his wife. In Vickers' words

"Harry is so under the thumb of Meghan it is not really possible until he emerges from that." 

The author added that the brothers could interact through phone or video calls, but the Sussexes don't want that. Vickers believes the brothers would end the Feud when Prince Harry "wakes up."

The author also mentioned that the reunion of the brothers at the statue unveiling event appears to be a bad idea. The friction between William and Harry might steal the show, and the public's attention would be on the brothers.

THE UNENDING FEUD 

Another opinion from Robert Lacey suggests that the Duke of Sussex is ready to improve his relationship with his family. Still, Prince William and Markle have refused to let their guards down. In his words:

"We've got William who doesn't seem prepared to concede anything...Harry wouldn't mind reconciling and then it's Meghan who is sticking to her guns on this issue."

The renowned historian explained that Prince Harry is willing to admit to the damages his bad temper has caused. However, Markle has refused to forget the past, and Lacey believes it is regrettable.

In his book, "Battle of Brothers," Robert detailed how Markle's bullying allegations led to an intense argument between the brothers. Willliam confronted Harry about the claims and reportedly threw the Sussexes out of Kensington Palace.

WILLIAM'S ATTITUDE TO MEGHAN

Fans may recall that Prince Philip's funeral in April brought a sigh when Prince William and Prince Harry were seen discussing the service. However, it seems the opposite was the case.

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Prince William had referred to Markle as "that bloody woman" in a conversation with friends during the funeral. He complained about Markle's attitude towards his staff.

KATE'S REACTION TO LILIBET'S BIRTH

Amid the feud between the brothers, the royal family is basking in the euphoria of their newest addition to the family. Harry and Markle welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4, 2021.

Days after the announcement, Kate Middleton opened up about her excitement to meet her new niece. During an outing with U.S First Lady Jill Biden, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that she couldn't wait to meet Lilibet.

She noted that she hadn't done a video call with the newborn but was looking forward to it. Middleton and Prince William were among the first royals to celebrate Lilibet's birth. They share a heart-warming photo of Markle's pregnancy announcement.

DIANA'S STATUE UNVEILING 

On Thursday, July 1, William and Harry, alongside other royal families, are set to gather at the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace to celebrate the unveiling of a sculpture commissioned in honor of their late mother.

Princess Diana's sons first announced their intention to commission the statue in January 2017 as a way to acknowledge their mother's impact in the UK and the world in general. However, the plans for the unveiling were changed.

In August 2020, it was announced that the unveiling ceremony was moved to July 1, the day that would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday. The ceremony is set to mark Harry's return to the U.K since Prince Philip's funeral.

Although Middleton had been a part of the status project from the start, reports suggest that she wouldn't be present at the unveiling as her name didn't appear on the released guest list.

It is believed that COVID-19 restrictions have a role to play. Markle, on the other hand, will not be attending as she just gave birth. Only Diana's close family, the sculptor, the statue committee, and the garden designer would be present.

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