PUBLISHED: 11:21, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:51, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Royal author Robert Lacey claims Prince Harry was left furious after his older brother, the Duke of Edinburgh, asked their late mother Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer to step in and stop him rushing into tying the knot with the US actress. Mr Lacey said Prince William expressed his doubts to Prince Harry because he couldn’t understand how he could “contemplate marrying this still unknown and untested quantity less than two years after their first meeting”.
But the Duke of Sussex’s response was “brusque and offended” so Prince William turned to Charles Spencer for help with his plot to wreck the marriage, which sparked a “bitter explosion” between the pair.
Writing in his new book ‘Battle of Brothers’, serialised in the Daily Mail, Mr Lacey said: “Sometime during that first summer and autumn together in 2016, Harry introduced his girlfriend to his father and his grandmother, who thoroughly approved. The problem was William.
“The fundamental conflict was between the two males who had known each other all their lives and had never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt.
Prince Harry and Prince William are locked in a royal feud (Image: PA)
“For his part, William was worried that his brother was going too fast in his courtship and he didn't shrink from saying so when Harry started talking about getting hitched.
“’This all seems to be moving rather quickly,' William was said to have remarked to Harry doubtfully, on the testimony of more than one friend. 'Are you sure?'
“William couldn't understand how Harry could contemplate marrying this still unknown and untested quantity less than two years after their first meeting.
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