William and Harry’s feud will cause trauma for monarchy ‘like Diana’s death’, author warns

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Former journalist and royal insider Robert Lacey has warned if William and Harry’s differences are not resolved the trauma for the monarchy will be similar to that felt after Diana died in 1997

If Prince William and Harry don’t patch up their feud it will be a ‘trauma’ similar to mum Diana’s death that will change the monarchy forever, a royal biographer has warned.

Robert Lacey, who has just completed a new book on the two brothers, said the divide between them is “worse than anyone thinks”.

Battle Of Brothers picks apart the cracks in the dukes’ relationship, with the former journalist and historian claiming the breakdown goes back earlier than many think.

Mr Lacey – who wrote what is considered the definitive biography of the Queen in 1977 – was once welcomed by the Firm with open arms.

Palace officials co-operated with his work and he was even invited to have tea with senior courtiers.

What’s more, his aristocratic wife was a maid of honour at the Queen’s Coronation.

But on sending some of the more dicey chapter proofs to the palace for his latest work, as he has done on previous books, they were returned un-opened, suggesting the Royal Family doesn’t want to know.

Mr Lacey believes the system of monarchy has conspired to fan the flames of resentment between William and Harry, rather than attempt to find a compromise.

“Some say, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter. It will blow over,'” the author told the Daily Mail.

“But that’s not what historians will be saying in ten years’ time.

“If this breach between the brothers is not healed in some way it will come to stand with the Abdication crisis and the death of Diana as one of the traumas that changed the monarchy.

“There is time to change things in a positive direction, but at the moment the Palace is not working in that direction.”

Mr Lacey also drew parallels between “anti-royal” Diana, Princess of Wales, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997, with Harry’s wife Meghan Markle.

He believes the Firm were naive in how they handled the former Hollywood actress – she was “never going to be a routine royal”.

The author claims Harry find an escape in Meghan, having “realised there was something rotten at the heart of royalness”.

He added: “In her own way Meghan walks through minefields like Diana did. Metaphorical minefields.”

Harry and Meghan announced in January their intention to step down as working royals, before moving to America in March with the aim of becoming financially independent.