Prince William has remained “extremely loyal” to his father as his relationship with Prince Harry worsened.
The claim is made by bestselling author Christopher Andersen in his new book, Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.
In it, Andersen alleged that Harry confronted William and Prince Charles over shocking comments about his future child’s skin color. Instead of defending his younger brother, William sided with their father.
“There’s a lot of bad blood between them right now,” Andersen told Fox News. “It’s really Charles and William versus Harry and Meghan. William is deeply loyal to his father. He thinks his father is a great historical figure that has been underestimated. He feels like his father. They all love the Queen, but when you’re probably going to be king when you’re about 80, it’s Sad situation to be in. So William was on his father’s side.”
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He claimed that “William has not answered Harry’s phone calls and has not done so for months.” Charles and Harry never spoke.
Andersen claimed that Charles was the king who speculated about Archie’s skin color before he was born. He said the comment came on the day Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle, the biracial American actress, was announced.
“I was able to track down someone in the royal family who was responsible for this comment and caused all these problems,” Andersen explained. During the interview with Oprah Winfrey [in March]Harry and Meghan talked about a member of the royal family who commented on how their child could be light or dark. They will not reveal his identity. Harry later said the comment did not come from the Queen or Prince Philip. Well, I found it to be a very innocent comment made by Prince Charles.”
He turned to Camila and said, ‘I wonder what the kids would look like. “You know, the color of the hair, the color of the eyes and the skin. It wasn’t racially motivated or anything. But the gray-clothed men who run things behind the scenes in the palaces have turned it into something that looks even more sinister. Harry was upset and asked Charles and William what was going on. They told him: You are overreacting, you are hypersensitive. Let’s go.’ It has added fuel to the fire. There was a lot of tension already, and that made things so much worse.”
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Andersen claimed that this is the only time Charles has made any comments about the skin color of the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“William said this isn’t a racist family – I think he’s right,” Andersen said. “But I also understand Harry and Meghan’s reaction that they didn’t hear the truth. What they were hearing was something triggered by people pulling strings behind the scenes in an Oz-like fashion.”
“We don’t know their names,” he said. ‘The audience doesn’t know their names. But they run the show. Even the Queen is kind of at their mercy. Princess Diana’s servant, Paul Burrell, once took her aside and whispered, ‘There are forces at work that we know nothing about.’ It’s a sad situation, but it was created by the people Diana called “Men in Gray.”
Andersen said that since Harry and Markle, 40, announced their date to Winfrey, 67, in March, Charles, 73, had been “furious.”
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“Charles is angry at the situation he and the Queen are in,” Andersen said. “Her husband is dead. There’s the pandemic and Brexit is still a problem. She needed everyone to be together. She needed all hands on board. Instead, she had this mess that Megxit handed her.”
Andersen said he “really doubts” Harry’s relationship with Charles will improve any time soon. He noted that the British royal family had had plenty of opportunities for reconciliation since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would step down as senior royals.
After Prince Philip’s funeral [in April]Andersen said, “They had a meeting with the three of them – Harry, William and Charles – with no one else around.” The next day, Harry boarded a plane and left. To unveil the statue of Diana [in July]Something similar happened [with William]. Although they were smiling from ear to ear, they walked with their backs to each other. And the Queen’s platinum jubilee, which will take place next year, may be their next chance.”
In response, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Fox News, “We never comment on this type of book.” A Kensington Palace spokesperson, who represents the family of William, 39, and wife Kate Middleton, “did not comment.” A spokesperson for Clarence House, which represents the home of Charles and Camilla, did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. However, a spokesperson told The New York Post, “This is fiction and does not merit further comment.” A spokesperson for Duke, Duchess and Sussex also did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
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Andersen sticks to the claims he made in his book.
“I have sources that I have taken care of for 50 years,” said Andersen, who has previously written several books about the royal family.
Shortly after Harry and Markle met, Buckingham Palace released a 60-word statement on behalf of the Queen, 95.
“The entire family is saddened to learn the full extent of how difficult the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement said.
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“The issues raised, especially race, are worrisome,” the statement added. “While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be taken up in private by the family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very lovable members of the family.”
After announcing they were stepping back as senior royals in early 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved with their first child to the coastal city of Montecito, California. On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lillibet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name is a tribute to both the Queen, whose family surname is Lillibit and Harry’s late mother.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.