William ‘screamed and shouted' at Harry during Megxit summit, duke claims
The Duke of Sussex has told how it was “terrifying” to have his brother, now the Prince of Wales, shout and scream at him at the Sandringham summit during the Megxit crisis.
Harry, in the final volume of the Sussexes’ controversial Netflix documentary, also said a joint statement was put out without his permission in his and his brother’s name on the same day denying a story that William had bullied him out of the royal family.
He branded the move a “lie to protect my brother” and added: “There was no other option at this point. I said ‘We need to get out of here’.”
Harry also accused his brother’s office Kensington Palace of trading negative stories, saying it was “heart-breaking” to see something he and William promised would they would “never ever do” taking place.
He described the bullying allegations against Meghan which appeared shortly before their Oprah Winfrey interview as “institutional gaslighting”, and said his final public engagement with his family as a working royal on Commonwealth Day in March 2020 looked and “felt cold”.
Other revelations included Harry saying he told his father, now the King, that he and Meghan were willing to relinquish their Sussex titles if a move to Canada did not work out.
He described how “people” were upset that Meghan was “‘stealing the limelight’ or doing the job better than the person who is born to do this” and claimed the duchess suffered a miscarriage “because of what the Mail did” during her lawsuit battle.
The pair also discussed the online abuse Meghan experienced, with the duchess breaking down in tears as she talked about receiving death threats, saying the negative media coverage had made people say they wanted to kill her.
Other footage showed Harry holding up his phone to Meghan to show her a text from William, with Meghan reacting with “wow” as she looked at the screen.
Harry recounted what happened behind the scenes when the Queen summoned Charles, William and Harry to Sandringham in January 2020 to resolve the Sussexes’ future plans after they issued a statement saying they wanted to step back as senior royals.
He described William’s dealings with him and accused his father Charles of lying, but said the Queen remained passive.
“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in,” the duke added.
Harry said he was given five options, ranging from “all in, no change” to “all out”, and he chose option three – “half in, half out”.
“It became very clear very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion or debate,” he added.
The timing of a meeting was, he said, deliberately arranged so Meghan could not attend.
A joint statement was issued on the day of the Sandringham meeting branding a front-page story about the brothers’ relationship as false, offensive and potentially harmful.
But the duke said in episode five: “Once I got in the car after the meeting, I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in my name and my brother’s name, squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family.”
He continued: “I couldn’t believe it. No one had asked me. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that.
“I rang M and I told her and she burst into floods of tears because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.”
He added: “So there was no other option at this point. I said ‘We need to get out of here’.”
Harry also said how a letter he wrote to Charles about him and Meghan moving to Canada to work as royals was leaked to the press.
“It became clear that the institution had leaked the fact that we were moving back to Canada,” he said.
“And a key piece of that story that made me aware that the contents of the letter between me and my father had been leaked was that we were willing to relinquish our titles. That was a giveaway.
“I was like ‘Wow, our story, our lives, literally got taken from underneath us’.”