Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel that they have been pushed out of the Royal Family by Prince William's 'bullying attitude', an insider has claimed.
Harry is understood to be in turmoil over his decision to 'abdicate' which will be the subject of crisis talks held by the Queen at Sandringham on Monday.
Meghan Markle has driven the extraordinary move for the pair to step down, a source told The Times, saying: 'She wants to leave ... She thinks: "It's not working for me."
'Harry is under intense pressure to choose. It is sad. He loves the Queen. He loves this country. He loves all his military stuff and I think it will genuinely break his heart to leave. I don't think that's what he really wants. I think they want some halfway house.'
Harry is understood to be in turmoil over his decision to 'abdicate' which will be the subject of crisis talks held by the Queen at Sandringham on Monday (pictured: the Sussexes and the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in 2018)
The Sussexes are said to be frustrated by 'constantly being told their place' over the last two years, a couple that knows the pair well told The Times.
They are said to have felt 'tethered' and that the Cambridges' had been competitive and decided from the outset, 'We are going to tell these people their place and we are going to push them away.'
However, sources close to both the Cambridges and Sussexes strongly contested the claims that the couple feel ousted by Prince William.
The Queen leaving a church service at Sandringham today
Senior royals are gravely disappointed by Harry's decision to pull the plug on his position 'without a thought' for William and his family, insiders revealed.
The 35-year-old is said to be so caught up in his own misery he hasn't considered the fall-out for the brother he was once inseparable from – and his little niece and nephews.
It was reported yesterday that the Duke of Cambridge had spoken of his sadness at the broken bond with Harry. 'I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that any more; we're separate entities,' he told a friend according to the Sunday Times.
'I'm sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope the time comes when we're all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team.'
When it was put to Harry last week that he needed to discuss his plans with William at least before 'pressing the nuclear button', he made clear he hadn't any intention of doing so. Neither had it occurred to him that there would also be ramifications for the young Cambridge children, George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, just one.