Prince Harry ‘slammed the phone down’ on Prince William after being confronted with witness statements depicting Meghan Markle as a vicious bully of female staff, a new French documentary claims.
In turn, William – ‘who already didn’t like his sister-in-law very much’ – became so angry at his brother’s insistence on protecting his wife from criticism that he jumped in a car ‘towards Kensington Palace to go and confront Prince Harry’.
The explosive claims are contained in a documentary by the most popular TV news outlet in France.
BFM TV displays emails – disclosed as part of the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday – in an investigative documentary series called ‘Red Line: William and Harry, the enemy brothers’.
It claims that traumatized staff resigned from the Royal Household and set up a WhatsApp group called ‘The Sussex Survivors’ Club’.
The documentary is timed to come out next week, on the 25th anniversary of the death of William and Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997.
Prince Harry (pictured here with wife Meghan Markle) ‘slammed the phone down’ on Prince William after being confronted with witness statements depicting Meghan Markle as a vicious bully of female staff, according to a new investigation
In turn, William (pictured speaking to a charity boss over the phone in 2020) – ‘who already didn’t like his sister-in-law very much’ – became so angry at his brother’s insistence on protecting his wife from criticism that he jumped in a car ‘towards Kensington Palace to go and confront Prince Harry’
The series firmly blames ‘The behavior of Meghan for being at the heart of the break-up between William and Harry.’
It says the Duchess of Sussex, 41, used her position in the Royal Family to bully and intimate staff while living in Kensington Palace, with Harry, 37.
An email written in the autumn of 2018 by Jason Knauf, former communications secretary to Harry and Meghan, to Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s then private secretary, first shone light on the scandal.
Mr Knauf claimed Meghan had ‘bullied’ two female personal assistants ‘out of the household’.
One of the unnamed staff members is referred to using the letter Y.
The documentary claims: ‘The Duchess seems intent on always having someone as a target. She’s bullying Y, and seeking to undermine her confidence.
‘We have had report after report from people who have been witnessing this unacceptable behavior towards Y.’
The Knauf email reads: ‘I am very concerned that the Duchess had been bullying and harassing two personal assistants, to the extent that she provoked their resignation during the course of the last year.’
BFM TV displays emails – disclosed as part of the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday – in an investigative documentary series called ‘Red Line: William and Harry, the enemy brothers’. It claims that traumatized staff resigned from the Royal Household and set up a WhatsApp group called ‘The Sussex Survivors’ Club’. Pictured: Harry and Meghan and William and Kate standing side by side in 2018
The documentary narrative continues: ‘During 2018 there was indeed a spate of resignations among Meghan Markle’s team.
‘Former members have even set up an informal group that they called between them, the Sussex Survivors’ Club. Some of them still remain traumatised.’
Pierrick Geais, a Royal author who has written a book about the Duke of Cambridge, told the programme: ‘William, who already didn’t like his sister-in-law very much, became furious. He called Harry directly, and Harry slammed the phone down.
‘Harry didn’t want to know anything, and so William jumped in a car towards Kensington Palace, where he was going to confront Prince Harry.’
Valentine Low, The Times Royal correspondent, is also quoted in the documentary saying: ‘There was a person who was so terrified by a conversation she was about to have with Meghan that she said, ‘I feel sick’. Some of these young women have been broken.’
Buckingham Palace announced earlier this year that it would not be releasing details of an internal investigation into the claims of Meghan’s bullying, and this led to accusations of a Royal cover-up.
A spokesman for the Sussexes previously said, in response to The Times who originally reported the allegations that they were the victims of a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.
Her representatives also said that the Duchess was ‘saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma’.
Meghan, who recently launched a new podcast focusing on female stereotypes, strongly denied the bullying allegations.
She and her husband have ‘stepped back’ from Royal duties and now live in Montecito, California, with their two young children.
The couple are due to return to Britain in September, when Meghan is due to speak about ‘female empowerment’ at a conference in Manchester.
MailOnline attempted to approach the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge declined to comment on the claims.
Will Prince Harry’s ‘tell-all’ book be delayed until next year? Rumors swirl that the hotly-awaited memoir’s release date is ‘up in the air’
By Niamh Lynch for the Daily Mail
Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir may not be published until next year, it was reported yesterday.
The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all book had been due out in time for Christmas, but it is claimed the release date is now ‘up in the air’.
A source told US celebrity gossip website Page Six that industry experts had expected a November publication date.
They said: ‘I have heard that Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he is debating on whether to include or not.
‘So this [delay] is no surprise if he needs more time to work on the book.’
Publisher Penguin Random House announced last year it would bring out Harry’s ‘literary memoir’ in late 2022.
It said he would be sharing for the first time the ‘definitive account’ of his life. It had been feared by Buckingham Palace that Harry, 37, would use the memoir to settle old scores.
Prince Harry leaves after attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral after returning to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Ghost writer JR Moehringer is said to have finished the manuscript, with the book passing all ‘legal processes’. Penguin Random House was unavailable for comment last night.
But nothing has been heard officially since the initial announcement, leading to much speculation in the publishing industry.
The memoir is not available for pre-sales on Amazon or other sites – an important marker for the publishing industry on a book’s future success.
Previous reports suggested that Harry’s book release could be brought forward to October to avoid a potentially embarrassing launch-date clash with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Mrs Obama announced in July she is bringing out a follow-up to her autobiography Becoming, one of the best-selling books of all time.
The delay in publishing comes after Harry’s wife Meghan released the first episode of her Archetypes podcast on Tuesday two years after signing an £18million podcast project with audio giant Spotify.
Meghan interviews tennis legend and her close friend Serena Williams in the episode where she recounted her horror when a small ‘fire’ broke out in son Archie’s room during a tour of South Africa with Prince Harry.
Archie, then four months old, was not in the room when a heater began to smoke but the incident left the duchess ‘shaken’ and ‘in tears.
Despite the upset, Meghan said she was forced to continue with official engagements, accusing those running the tour of concentrating on ‘how it looks, instead of how it feels’.
In the podcast series, Archetypes, she also took aim at those who described her as ‘ambitious’ when she started dating Prince Harry.
In the episode, titled The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams, she told her friend of the ‘misconception that if you’re an ambitious woman you have an agenda, you must be calculating or selfish or aggressive, or a climber’.
She also told of the ‘pain’ she has suffered ‘behind closed doors’, describing the fire incident as an example of how she had been forced to carry on with royal duties while dealing with personal issues.