Valentine Low’s new book on the royal family, ‘Brokers’, was released in the UK on Thursday.
In an excerpt published in the Daily Mail, Low writes about the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William.
Harry turned down a crisis meeting with William in 2019, Low reports.
The Duke of Sussex refused to meet the Prince of Wales after he spoke about their breakup in a TV documentary, according to a new royal book.
According to an excerpt from ‘Brokers’ by Valentine Low, published in the Daily Mail on Sunday, Prince William requested a crisis meeting with his brother after Prince Harry said they were ‘on different paths’ in the documentary from ITV, “Harry and Meghan: A Journey to Africa”, in November 2019.
“Part of that role and part of that job, that family, being under the pressure that they’re under, inevitably things happen,” Harry said in the documentary.
“But listen, we are brothers, we will always be brothers,” he added. “We are definitely on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and like I know he will always be there for me.
Valentine Low is a royal correspondent who has covered the royal family for The Times of London since 2008, according to her profile on the Times website. In his role, he traveled abroad with the Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales and other members of the Royal Family.
In Low’s book, which was released in the UK on Thursday, he said William used WhatsApp to message Harry and request a meeting the day after the documentary aired.
“It put Harry and Meghan in a spin. What should they do?” Low wrote, adding that Harry was initially in favor of a meeting before finding out that William would have to inform his private secretary to clear his schedule.
“He was so worried about William’s team leaking the visit to the press that he’d rather not see his brother than risk it ending up in the papers. For anyone who knew what was going on, this was heartbreaking,” Low wrote.
“It highlighted the dysfunction at the heart of so many royal relationships, and how royals so rarely pick up the phone to speak to each other directly. Instead, they communicate through the device around them. And the result is distrust and section,” he added.
Low also reports that William and Kate Middleton’s team felt Harry and Meghan were trying to upstage their Pakistan tour, which coincided with the release of their documentary.
“William and Kate’s team were apparently unhappy and saw it as a deliberate attempt to wipe the couple out of the headlines. Relations between the two households became quite strained,” Low wrote. .
Representatives for the Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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