A new book has claimed Prince William split his household from Prince Harry's after an angry phone conversation between the brothers about claims Meghan Markle was bullying palace staff in 2018.
A furious phone call between the brothers allegedly ended with Harry hanging up on his brother.
The book claims William believed Meghan was "hostile" to the royal system and possibly planned on leaving the royal family from the start to return to the US.
Staff claim in the book that Meghan "played the victim, but was a bully" and treated people poorly.
These bullying allegations have always been denied by Prince Harry and Meghan.
William allegedly told a friend he thought Meghan had an "agenda" from the beginning and felt "hurt" and "betrayed" by the rift between the brothers.
The future king also allegedly told a friend his wife Kate Middleton "had been wary of Meghan from the start".
Lacey also writes that a fight following Meghan and Harry's 2018 trip to Australia was what sealed the decision to split the households.
In their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry mentioned the trip as the moment "the family got to see how incredible she is at the job", comparing her and her treatment by the royal family with his mother Princess Diana.
The fight between the brothers seemingly began, however, after an official email claiming Meghan was bullying palace staff was sent by Jason Knauf, communications secretary for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes in October 2018.
William reportedly heard about the allegations from his private secretary Simon Case and immediately called Harry, but the call ended with the younger brother hanging up.
The author wrote that Kensington Palace was known for keeping staff in their jobs for many years, so when multiple aides quit in a short period of time it was quite unusual.
Jason reportedly spoke of Meghan's behaviour to the staff as "totally unacceptable" and said he had multiple witnesses.
The Sussexes' legal team has previously stated this is not true.
The book also claims William had to put the monarchy ahead of his brother and he stopped seeing it as his duty to protect Harry. Meanwhile, Harry was upset William believed the accusations about Meghan.
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