Britain’s Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, issued a joint statement on their relationship Monday in a rare sign of public unity since news broke that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, would split their time between the U.K. and North America in a bid to become “financially independent” and step down as senior members of the royal family.
“Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a U.K. newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge,” read the statement, issued jointly by spokespeople for the brothers. “For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”
‘For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.’
—Joint statement by Britain’s Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge
An article in The Sunday Times claimed the Sussexes felt they were on the receiving end of a “bullying” attitude by Prince William: “If you are Meghan and Harry and you have had two years of constantly being told your place, constantly bullied as they would see it, constantly being told what you can’t do, Meghan has been thinking, ‘This is just nuts. Why would anyone put up with this?’”
Those comments were attributed to a source close to both brothers, who had worked together on a mental-health initiative with their wives. The foursome were regularly referred to as “the fab four.” Harry, William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth are reportedly meeting Monday to discuss the fallout from the royal feud and agree on the logistics of the Sussexes becoming hybrid royals.
Harry spoke about his relationship with William last