Harry and William’s relationship ‘is worse’ after Oprah chat, expert believes

Prince Harry's bond with his brother William has seriously deteriorated after he moved to California with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie, a royal expert has claimed.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt believes their relationship breakdown has come to "a head" after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The royal rift between the brothers allegedly started around Christmas 2018 when Harry told William he wasn’t doing enough to include Meghan in the royal family.

Speaking on LBC radio host Eddie Mair, the expert said: "Well there is definitely a serious, potentially terminal deterioration in the relationship between William and Harry and that's been played out by the brothers and by the proxies."

Eddie then asked what brought the relationship to the stage it supposedly is at now.

Peter replied: "I think it's that interview that has brought it to a head now because I think what's going on is a sort of battlefield for what we think was the reason why this couple chose self-enforced exile in California over a full-time role in the house of Windsor.

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"And do we accept the narrative that will unfold when we sit down watch that television programme we already know they believed they had to go in order to survive, or do we accept what the critics believed there was the self-reflection in that programme or do we accept what the critics believed they are also responsible for some of their behaviours that has led us to where we are now?

"That's why this is such an issue at this moment."

It comes as a report in the Times alleged that Meghan "bullied" members of her staff during her time in the Royal Family.

The complaint by Jason Knauf, who was the Sussexes' communications secretary, claimed she drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

Meghan's team have strongly denied the accusation, claiming they are part of a "smear campaign".

Her spokesperson said: "The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.

"She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good."

They added: "Let's just call this what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.

"It's no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years."

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