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Prince William broke down in tears and refused to speak to Princess Diana after her bombshell Panorama interview, a new book has claimed.
Back in 1995, Diana told BBC journalist Martin Bashir that she had fallen in love with army officer James Hewitt.
She also sensationally claimed there were “three of us in this marriage”, referencing Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Battle of Brothers: William and Harry — the Friendship and the Feuds, by royal historian Robert Lacey, claims William was devastated by the revelations.
The book, being serialised in the Daily Mail, reads: “When William's housemaster returned to his study, he found the prince slumped on the sofa, his eyes red with tears. And when Diana telephoned an hour later, William refused to speak to her.
“Two days later, the distraught princess told her faith-healer Simone Simmons what had happened. William had been 'so angry with her,' said Diana.
“He had broken out in one of the notorious rages that would, from time to time, scar his teenage years and young adult life.
“‘All hell broke loose. He was furious…that she had spoken badly of his father, that she had mentioned Hewitt…he started shouting and crying and, when she tried to put her arms around him, he shoved her away.'
“The next day, William apologised to his mother for his bad temper, and presented her with a bunch of flowers.
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“But Diana felt some irretrievable damage had been done.”
Mr Lacey is a historical consultant for Netflix's hit series The Crown as well as the author of Majesty, a 1977 study of Queen Elizabeth.
Another section of the book claims the boys' nanny was forced to leave before they got a chance to say goodbye.
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Barbara Barnes, 42, looked after the royal brothers while their mum Diana was busy at charity events, or socialising.
She cared for William for more than four years and Harry for two.
Mr Lacey added: "Baba Barnes had not been allowed to say the slightest word of farewell to her charges.
"She was forbidden even to send them a postcard. So far as the boys were concerned, she just vanished into thin air."
- Prince William
- Princess Diana
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