Royal rift: William’s ‘pompous tongue twister’ dodged Meghan mention in ...

PRINCE WILLIAM's alleged rift with Prince Harry was first hinted at when the older royal released a surprising public statement backing his brother and his partner - but which actually triggered reports of a royal fallout.

PUBLISHED: 11:03, Fri, Dec 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:07, Fri, Dec 4, 2020

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William and Harry were once incredibly close, having grown up together in exceptional circumstances. However, over the last year, reports have claimed that their relationship began breaking down shortly after Harry started dating his now wife, Meghan. The pro-Sussex Finding Freedom biography claimed the Duke of Cambridge urged his younger brother to take it slow and to get to know “this girl” — only for Harry to be enraged by William’s “snobbish” advice.

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Then when his relationship with the US actress hit the press in October 2016, Meghan was struck by the overwhelming international attention as she was pushed into the spotlight.

She found the scrutiny around her family, profession and ethnicity incredibly difficult, leading Harry to release an unexpectedly personal statement a month later.

It read: “Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.

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“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”

It added that their relationship was “not a game” but “her life and his”.

Prince William and Meghan MarklePrince William and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

William, Harry and Meghan arriving at the celebration for the RAF in 2018William, Harry and Meghan arriving at the celebration for the RAF in 2018 (Image: Getty)

This veered away from royal protocol and the monarchy’s mantra of ‘never explain, never complain’.

Royal commentator Russell Myers suggested that it caused outrage behind Palace walls as Harry had only given the Royal Family 20 minutes’ notice before releasing the statement.

This was seen as an “absolutely catastrophic” move.

Most of the royals stayed tight-lipped about the unprecedented statement.

William hesitated and only released a supporting statement three weeks later.

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William and Harry with their mother Diana who died in 1997William and Harry with their mother Diana who died in 1997 (Image: Getty)

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His spokesman said: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”

However, as biographer Sean Smith noted in his book 'Meghan Misunderstood', "it was the very opposite of a powerful endorsement".

He continued: “The sentence was such a pompous tongue twister that it tied itself up in knots to

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