William was furious with Meghan and Harry for 'insulting' Queen after they were banned from using 'royal'
Nearly a fortnight after Meghan Markle's and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, further details about the currently frosty relationship between Harry and his older brother, Prince William are emerging. Reports suggest that the Duke of Cambridge was angry with his brother and Meghan over their allegedly "insulting and disrespectful" reaction to the Queen's ban on them using the word "royal" in their new ventures.
Last year, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth II banned Harry and Meghan from using "Sussex royal" in their ventures following the Sussexes stepping back as senior working members of the royal family. Accordingly, the Sussexes would not be allowed to sell themselves as "royal". This came after Harry and Meghan spent tens of thousands of dollars on a Sussex royal website. They also sought to register Sussex royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books, and teaching materials, and also took steps to create a charitable organization using the same name.
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In the aftermath, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the word royal with a statement saying, "While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020."
According to The Sun, which quoted The Sunday Times, a senior royal source said: "The content and that it is still online is staggering. Reportedly, William was "upset the most" of Harry and Meghan's surprise launch of their website featuring a blueprint of their future as part-time royals striking commercial deals. But the statement in the wake of being banned from using the word royal, the source said, "That was it for William, he felt they’d blindsided the Queen in such an insulting and disrespectful way.”
Despite Harry and William going for a long walk to try and clear the air after the "Sandringham Summit" Megxit deal, sources said they "did not part shores as friends".
As a result of the Sussexes' statement, the report suggests that it was said to still be at forefront of William's mind at the Commonwealth Day service one year ago, when there was a "clear frostiness" between the brothers and their wives, according to The Sun.
However, it was reported that William misses Harry and the fun they used to have together. According to the outlet, their parting is "still raw" for William, and "he's very upset" that it happened.
During the Royal Family's crisis discussions after the Sussexes' interview with Oprah Winfrey, sources say that William spoke to the queen and his father, Prince Charles, about how to respond. William was reportedly keen that the issue of race should be acknowledged in the Queen's statement as an area of particular concern "that will be addressed".
It was also said that Princess Kate's "groundedness" was a "critical anchor" in William stepping up to the senior royal role. A source close to the Duke of Cambridge said that he was "reeling" in the immediate aftermath of the Sussexes' interview, adding, "His head is all over the place on it".