Harry wants to reconcile with William but Meghan wont budge, author claims

Prince Harry and William's rift can be healed but Meghan Markle is "sticking to her guns" over staff bullying allegations, a royal historian has claimed.

Robert Lacey told Newsweek that while Harry is ready to admit making mistakes of "sheer temper", his brother and wife are not ready to "say the past is the past".

In his book Battle of the Brothers, Lacey told of how William reportedly threw Harry out of Kensington Palace over bullying allegations made against Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex was accused of bullying two PAs out of the royal household and targeting a third member of staff in an email sent by communications secretary Jason Knauf in October 2018.

Mr Lacey said: "What's interesting is that on one side we've got William who doesn't seem prepared to concede anything, and on the other side friends have told me that Harry wouldn't mind reconciling, and then it's Meghan who is sticking to her guns on this issue.

"It should surely be possible for both sides to say the past is in the past. It's very regrettable that Meghan doesn't withdraw just a little.

"Why can't she say it was the pressure? 'I was getting used to this incredibly complicated system, I was just pregnant, I couldn't sleep.'

"'I was wandering about all night firing off emails. Perhaps in retrospect I went over the top about it.'"

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Battle of Brothers quoted a friend who claimed the allegations led to William throwing Harry and Meghan out of Kensington Palace.

The Sussexes split off to form a new office at Buckingham Palace in March 2019 before quitting the Firm and UK for a lucrative life in the US.

They now live in a £11m Montecito mansion in California with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, and multi-million pound deals with Apple, Spotify and Netflix.

When Harry and Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview was announced earlier this year, Knauf's email alleging bullying was leaked to The Times.

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It suggested Meghan's staff found her difficult to work for and claimed she would fire off email demands as early as 5am.

She has strongly denied all allegations of bullying.

Meghan levelled damning allegations of her own in the prime time tell-all with Oprah, accusing the palace of leaking false stories about her, neglect and racism towards her yet-to-be-born son Archie.

With Harry and William set to stand side-by-side for the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana in Kensington Gardens on Thursday, Mr Lacey said: "Harry is prepared to acknowledge the role that just sheer temper played at unfortunate moments—notably in the so-called blindsiding early in 2020.

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"He actually is prepared to admit, in a way that William doesn't seem to be, the fact that both of them are irascible, both of them are short-tempered, both of them are Spencers [Princess Diana's family name] if you like.

"There must be a way of playing it down surely and just moving forward."

The Sussexes have been approached for comment.

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