MEGHAN Markle and Kate have been dogged by rumours of a rift threatening to break apart the Sussex and Cambridge households but expert Martin Townsend claims the bust-up has been FAKED to cover-up a real rift between brothers William and Harry.
After months of overwhelming public support, the rumour-mill suddenly picked up on a perceived rift between Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. But royal commentator and former Sunday Express editor Martin Townsend suggested rumours surrounding the two Duchesses could be a ploy to hide the resurgence of a historical conflict between their husbands, Prince Harry and Prince William. Speaking to Today, Mr Townsend said: “I think that’s more likely that there’s tension there.
“There was this suggestion that William had had a word with Harry before the wedding to Meghan, saying he didn’t think Meghan was really Princess material. Apparently, that really upset Harry.
“There are stories that have emerged recently about a rift going back many, many years where Harry would behave badly. There was a time when Harry was cautioned by the Police for underage drinking and smoking, and he thought that he was getting all the blame for that whereas William’s behaviour was just as bad.
“William was getting away with it. There are these historic rifts and then there are a few tensions around the whole Harry and Meghan thing.”
The royal expert added: “That’s a little bit more realistic than the two women being at loggerheads.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl, in her 2010 book “William and Harry”, revealed how the two brothers have not always seen eye-to-eye.
In 2002 it was revealed that the underage Harry had been drinking in the village pub near Highgrove, and had also been smoking marijuana.
Ms Nicholl wrote: “Harry escaped an official police warning but the incident sent shockwaves through the royal family.”
She continued: “It was the catalyst for the first serious rift between William and Harry, who resented the fact that he had been blamed for everything while William got away scot-free.”
Ms Nicholl reported how a former aide said: “William felt guilty that his brother had taken all the blame while he had come out as Mr Goody Two Shoes. For the first time their relationship really suffered and they barely spoke.
“In the end, he forgave William because it wasn’t really William’s fault but it took some time. Harry was reeling for a while.”
In November Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Prince Harry would move out of their apartments in the London residence to turn Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor Estate, into their new home. The decision further fuelled rumours of a break between the Sussex and Cambridge households.
Until now, Meghan and Harry – who wed last May – have lived at Nottingham Cottage next door to William and Kate.
Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child in April and Meghan has enlisted top design director Vicky Charles for her Frogmore multi-million pound makeover.
The Duchess is said to be using a “gender-neutral” palette of whites and greys in the property’s re-design as she admitted to not wanting to know the sex of her child before the arrival.