William ‘didn’t think highly’ of Harry and Meghan’s attitude to Archie’s birth

Prince William "didn't think too highly" of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's attempts to keep baby Archie's birth a secret, according to author Robert Lacey.

"William did not think too highly of Harry and Meghan’s 'prima donna' manoeuvres to conceal the birth of their son in May 2019," Lacey claimed in his new book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.

"This impression was confirmed by the failure of William and Kate to visit the new arrival for a full eight days."

And for Harry’s part, Robert claims that William’s warning "Don’t feel like you need to rush this…" as the relationship with Meghan heated up created ill-feeling that still comes between the two brothers today.

Baby Archie was born in 2019, a year after Meghan and Harry, 36, wed at Windsor Castle.

The couple said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their firstborn child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess' mother were also present for this special occasion."

Archie made his debut at a public appearance in May of that year.

In her first public remarks since giving birth, the Duchess said: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy."

As her husband held their son, Meghan, wearing a white sleeveless wrap dress, added: "He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm."

As they both laughed, Harry said: "I don't know who he gets that from."

Meghan added: "He's just been the dream so it's been a special couple of days."

While Lacey has been critical of Meghan and Harry, claiming that taking private jets while telling the rest of us to go green smacked of hypocrisy, he admits that Meghan is the royal family’s "missed opportunity", saying that ventures like her fundraising Grenfell cookbook pointed the way to a new and more fruitful kind of relationship with the public.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson declined to comment on Mr Lacey's claims.

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