Harry and William deny claims of bullying within royal family - Too Interesting

Harry and William deny claims of bullying within royal family

Prince Harry and William have issued a joint statement denying claims of ‘bullying’ within the royal family. The pair dismissed a story speculating about their relationship today as ‘false’ ‘offensive’ and ‘potentially harmful’. Spokespeople for the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge said: ‘Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge. ‘For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.’ The statement did not name the UK paper that wrote the story.

(FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex have announced they are to step back as Senior Royals and say they want to divide their time between the UK and North America. LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compi??gne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year??s centenary. (Photo by Paul Grover- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Some media outlets reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel that they have been pushed out of the Royal Family by Prince William’s ‘bullying attitude’. The story cited an unnamed source saying the Duke of Cambridge had not been welcoming to Meghan from the moment she started dating his brother. It said Harry felt William was ‘insufficiently welcoming’ and that this played a part in the Sussexes deciding to quit as senior members of the royal family last week. Prince Harry will sit down with the Queen, his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles today to thrash out plans for his future with Meghan and Archie. The ‘crisis summit’ at the Queen’s private Sandringham estate will be the first time Harry has met with senior royals since issuing his bombshell statement. It is believed the Duchess may join talks over the phone as she is currently in Canada with the couple’s baby Archie.

epa08116627 (FILE) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal British Legion Village in Aylesford, Kent, Britain, 06 November 2019 (reissued 10 January 2020). Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced in a statement on 08 January that they will step back as 'senior' royal family members and work to become financially independent. EPA/ANDY RAIN *** Local Caption *** 55605765

She flew back a few days ago after the family spent an extended break over Christmas in British Columbia. William will today travel to the estate in Norfolk from his Kensington Palace apartment and Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle to attend the crunch meeting. Harry and Meghan want to become financially independent of the royal family and spilt their time between the UK and North America. However, their statement and new official website sussexroyal.com raised important questions about funding for the couple’s round-the-clock security, media access to royal events and how they will pay for their future lifestyle. The couple said they will give up their sovereign grant, which is money from the tax payer, but this only covers 5% of their costs with the rest coming from Prince Charles’ private estate.

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It is unclear if Harry’s father will turn off the financial tap after it emerged neither he or the Queen were consulted before the couple made their decision public. The Queen was said to be ‘hurt’ by the news and will be ‘calling the shots’ on how Harry and Meghan’s desired progressive new role within the institution will look. This includes whether they could retain their titles and keep their official residence at Forgmore Cottage, which last year was renovated with £2.4m of public money. The pair want to make their own money but could face criticism if they are seen to monetise their royal brand. It is not known what time the family plan to meet, how long the summit is expected to last or whether the entire day has been set aside to find a solution. Before the meeting, the royals will be given written proposals produced by their offices and others, including relevant government departments from the UK and Canada, where it is thought Harry and Meghan will establish a second home.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch a performance during their visit to Macarthur Girls High School on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

It is not known who else, if anyone, will be at the meeting – but it is likely the private secretaries of the four royals may join part of the talks to assist with any questions. On Saturday it was reported that the Queen set a deadline of Tuesday January 13 for a solution to be found. She has insisted the drama last no longer than the six days that elapsed between Prince Andrew’s disastrous Newsnight interview and his decision to step back from royal duties, according to reports in the Telegraph. Some at Buckingham Palace are reported to fear that Harry and Meghan could conduct a potentially damaging television interview if they do not get what they want. In an article for The Sunday Times, broadcaster Tom Bradby – a friend of both Harry and William – said: ‘I have some idea of what might be aired in a full, no-holds-barred, sit-down interview and I don’t think it would be pretty.’

 

 

source : metro.co.uk

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