Prince William put on a brave face today after his younger brother dropped another nuclear ‘truth bomb’ on the royals during his new series about mental health with Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Harry used his Apple TV+ show to accuse his family of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal, claiming his father Prince Charles made him ‘suffer’ as a child and insisting he would not be ‘bullied into silence’ when he alleged ‘The Firm’ ‘trapped’, smeared and dumped them after they emigrated to LA.
Today, 24 hours after he launched an eviscerating attack on the BBC over their treatment of Princess Diana, the Duke of Cambridge was in Scotland for a mental health event as experts said he will be ‘dismayed’ after Harry‘s latest brutal attack left a ‘huge gulf’ between them.
Harry has said he hopes by ‘speaking his truth’ there can be ‘reconciliation and healing’ with his family, however, experts believe the chances of this are fading fast – especially because the ‘erratic’ Sussexes keep ignoring the Queen’s plea to deal with their rift privately.
William, who is unlikely to comment on his brother’s latest incendiary comments, visited Spartans FC’s Ainslie Park Stadium in Edinburgh to hear about initiatives in Scottish football that champion mental health ahead of the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park tomorrow.
Royal biographer Phil Dampier said Harry’s trip to unveil a statue of Princess Diana with his brother William on July 1 will now be in ‘grave doubt’, especially after the Duke of Sussex said London is a ‘trigger’ for his anxiety.
He said: ‘The royals will be dismayed and Charles and William will be tearing out what’s left of their hair. It just seems to be another day and another whinge. We need to be respectful of Harry’s mental health, of course, but you do wonder – when he is going to stop?’
‘How much longer he can do this for?’, he told The Sun.
Harry’s TV series was released just four hours after William issued an extraordinary attack on the BBC for deceiving his mother, ruining her life and helping to hasten her divorce.
As the Corporation was damned by an official report into the Bashir scandal, the Duke of Cambridge said the BBC’s failures had contributed to his mother’s ‘fear, paranoia and isolation’ in her final years.
In a excoriating statement, the Prince said that the BBC’s infamous 1995 Panorama interview had made a ‘major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse’.
He said had BBC bosses investigated Martin Bashir’s conduct properly, Princess Diana would have known she had been deceived.
And he castigated the Corporation chiefs who had ‘looked the other way’ and failed to ask tough questions, while cashing in on commercial deals as rogue reporter Martin Bashir wrought chaos on the royals.
Shortly after his damning and rare public statement, Harry poured his heart out to millions.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said said there is now ‘clearly a huge gulf between the Royal Family and the Sussexes’, while Harry’s biographer Angela Levin called his appearance ‘phoney and embarrassing’, claiming Harry is ‘still very unwell’ because he’s ‘stuck’ in the past and talking ‘so negatively’.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: ‘The Queen urged that the issues be dealt with privately as a family. Meghan and Harry don’t seem to be heeding that at all. The other problem is that when you’re dealing with a couple who are erratic, you don’t know what’s coming.
‘There is for the Royal Family a very, very real problem about the way the Sussexes are addressing their unhappiness. It’s about the way they speak of how unhappy they feel, how they felt trapped and how Meghan felt suicidal.
‘He also attacks his upbringing. But the way he chooses to open up, and how – it’s very difficult to know how you come to terms with this’.
In candid interviews with Oprah Winfrey on his new five-part AppleTV+ show, The Me You Can’t See, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife felt abandoned by his relatives and this was one of their ‘biggest reasons’ for leaving for California last year.
He said: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence’, adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’
He added: ‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this’, And it’s like, ‘Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?’. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Martin Robinson