Prince William does not feel trapped in the royal family and is "modelling himself on his grandmother the Queen", a royal author has claimed.
Penny Junor, who wrote 'Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King', commented on Prince Harry's claims that his brother the Duke of Cambridge "can’t leave" the royal family which were made during an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties in March last year and have since moved to California with their son Archie in the hope of a more private life.
In their bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the royal family of racism and Meghan revealed she had felt suicidal while pregnant with their son in London.
Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, went on to suggest William and their dad, Prince Charles, are trapped in the institution.
But Mrs Junor said Harry is "absolutely wrong" and she doesn't think future king William "feels trapped at all", the Mirror reports.
She told the Sun: "I think he absolutely gets what his destiny is and he is embracing it. He is modelling himself on his grandmother the Queen."
A royal source added Harry's recent outbursts, which have seen him criticise how Prince Charles raised him and accuse the royal family of "total neglect", has highlighted the differences between the once close brothers.
The source said: "The pandemic, coupled with what Harry is doing, has actually given William a renewed sense of purpose.
"He can now really see the difference between being a celebrity and leading a life of proper public service."
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The brothers met for the first time since the Oprah interview at Prince Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor last month.
They were seen briefly speaking after the service before Harry flew back to the US.
Speaking to Oprah for Apple + TV's documentary The Me You Can't See, he said: "I was worried about it, I was afraid."
In a further sign of the distance between them, William and Harry then released separate statements following Lord Dyson's damning report into Martin Bashir's controversial Princess Diana interview in 1995.
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Since then Prince Harry has launched further attacks on his family in a new series with Oprah for Apple TV, The Me You Can't See, while William and Kate have been carrying out royal duties in Scotland.
In the series broadcast last week, Harry lambasted the parenting skills of his father the Prince of Wales.
He criticised Charles for expecting his sons to endure the pressures of royal life, and revealed he turned to drink and drugs as he dealt with the trauma of his mother's death in later life.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honoured the late Prince Philip by helping children with their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
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