Prince William ‘worried’ Meghan Markle and Harry in ‘fragile place’ after TV doc

Prince William has been left "very worried" about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their emotional television documentary.

A royal source said William was concerned about his brother and hoped Harry and Meghan were "all right" after the screening of the ITV programme in which they opened up about their struggles.

The source told the BBC there was a view that the couple were "in a fragile place".

And meanwhile, The Queen and her aides are said to be “horrified” over the documentary which saw the Sussexes offer a candid behind-the-scenes look at life the royal spotlight.

In Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the duke, when asked about an alleged rift with William, said he and his brother are "on different paths" and have "good days" and "bad days" in their relationship.

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It came amid numerous rumours of friction between the Sussexes and the Cambridges, including between Meghan and Kate.

The Duke said: “Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.

"But look we are brothers, we will always be brothers.”

He added: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he will always be there for me.

"We don't see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days."

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The “Fab Four” no longer share Kensington Palace, with the Sussexes moving to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.

William is rumoured to have told Harry about his concern over his relationship with Meghan.

Harry told presenter Tom Bradby the grief surrounding his mother's death is "a wound that festers", adding that every click of a camera is the worst reminder of her life.

He described his mental health and the way he deals with the pressures of his life as a matter of "constant management".

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He added: "I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back, and this is something that I have to manage."

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not commented.

Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry And Meghan In Their Own Words, said the Queen and the Windsors are concerned about the direction the Sussexes are taking.

"There's no doubt the Queen and other royals are very worried about the direction Harry and Meghan are taking and it's very serious."

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Mr Dampier told the said he could foresee a situation in which Harry and Meghan would step back from royal duties and away from the royal family.

"A year ago I would have said no, but now I wouldn't be surprised," he said.

The couple are said to be planning a six-week holiday and should use it to take stock of their approach, Mr Dampier said.

"I think if they have a six-week holiday and have a break, hopefully they might come to their senses and realise it isn't working for anyone," he said.

"It's storing up long-term problems. There's nothing to be gained unless they're paving the way to leave."

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The couple opened up about the pressure of their lives in the documentary, screened on Sunday.

Meghan admitted feeling vulnerable, and spoke of the difficulty in coping with intense tabloid interest, saying: "It's not enough to just survive something, that's not the point of life. You have got to thrive."

Harry also told of the pressure he felt trying to protect his family from unwanted media attention.

Harry and Meghan’s high-profile overseas visit to Africa, carried out at the request of the Government, was overshadowed on the penultimate day when the duke launched a scathing attack on the British press – both filing lawsuits against various newspapers.

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Harry also told of the pressure he felt trying to protect his family from unwanted media attention.

Harry and Meghan’s high-profile overseas visit to Africa, carried out at the request of the Government, was overshadowed on the penultimate day when the duke launched a scathing attack on the British press – both filing lawsuits against various newspapers.

"They’re going completely separate ways and Harry is the one who seems to be visibly struggling,” a source told the Mirror.

“It seems the boy who walked behind their mother’s coffin, which is so vividly seared onto the nation’s consciousness, has never fully recovered, which is an utter tragedy.

"Charles has sought to help the young men, even that hasn’t helped.

“Many inside the family have said how seeing her sons drifting apart would be the last thing Diana would have wanted.”

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BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said: "I think [the Royals] will be pretty horrified actually.

"One is because whoever wins these legal actions with the newspapers, are the newspapers actually going to change what they do?

“Because the newspapers don't think they have done anything wrong."

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He added: "They think this is about reporting about what is going on."

"Secondly, the monarchy is supposed to be a unifying force in this country, and yet a very significant chunk of it, Harry and Meghan, are being divisive.

"It runs against what the monarchy is doing in these already divisive times."

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