Prince Harry and William’s royal rift ‘biggest crisis since Diana’s death’

Prince Harry and Prince William's reported royal rift almost amounted to a "constitutional crisis" not seen since the death of their mum Princess Diana, it has been claimed.

The Duke of Sussex and his relationship with his brother Prince William was reported to have suffered earlier this year after Harry stepped down as a senior member of the Royal family with wife Meghan Markle.

And the shock announcement sparked a "constitutional crisis" the Firm hadn't seen since the death of Princess Diana, royal author Katie Nicholl reported.

Writing in Vanity Fair, Ms Nicholl said Meghan and Harry's "bombshell statement" set "the tone for months of hand-wringing among royal watchers, and the Royals themselves."

She wrote: "No one knew on January 8, when Harry and Meghan first announced they were stepping down as senior royals, what a turbulent year would follow.

"But their bombshell statement, posted on their brand-new Sussex Royal website, set the tone for months of hand-wringing among royal watchers, and the royal themselves.

"Some royal historians and commentators have claimed Harry and Meghan’s departure, and the historic fallout between Harry and Prince William, was the closest the House of Windsor had come to a constitutional crisis since the death of Princess Diana."

Ms Nicholl added that Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s book Finding Freedom is said to have laid bare the Sussexes’ side of the royal rift and other Royal Family feuds.

She said the couple went up against "unexpected challenges" every step of the way but "remained positive" despite a public backlash.

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Ms Nicholl wrote: "Every step of the way there have been unexpected challenges.

"They have had to go up against a lot – the press, their legal battles and even the institution of the monarchy – but they’ve remained positive and it’s the support they give each other and their focus on what’s important that gets them through."

According to Ms Nicholl, one friend close to the couple said: "There are certain things he misses. But nothing so much that he regrets moving.

"He’s found a kindred spirit in Meghan, they are creating a new life. That’s so very exciting for them both."

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