Another day, another report about Prince William and Prince Harry's ongoing feud.
In his new book, British historian Robert Lacey detailed another bitter incident that happened between the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. According to Lacey's reporting, Prince William wasn't pleased with how Prince Harry and the palace handled the announcement about the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor last year.
“On the morning of 6 May , Meghan [Markle] was duly delivered of her delayed but healthy son, weighing in at 7lbs 3oz,” Lacey writes in Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult. “Baby Archie had arrived with the dawn at 5.26 a.m., allowing grandmother Doria [Ragland] and the happy couple to return to Windsor with their precious cargo undetected.”
As Lacey tells it, Prince William wasn't angered by Harry and Meghan's private delivery, however, he was displeased that the Royal Family was not publicly forthcoming with information about Archie's arrival. It wasn't until 8 hours after Archie was born that the palace released a statement saying Meghan was in labor. At the time of the announcement, Meghan was already home again at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor.
“Their stratagem was bolstered by Buckingham Palace’s putting out a strangely misleading statement at 2 p.m. that day saying that the Duchess of Sussex was just going into labour — when she had, in fact, been delivered of her new son eight hours earlier,” Lacey writes. Prince William “did not think too highly of Harry and Meghan’s ‘prima donna’ maneuvers to conceal the birth of their son."
The Duke of Cambridge was so angered by the decision that he waited 8 days to go and meet his nephew. “By contrast, the Queen, Prince Philip, [Prince] Charles and [Duchess] Camilla all turned up within hours to coo over the baby — and it seemed strange that, when the Cambridges did finally pitch up more than a week later, they didn’t bring along George, Charlotte and Louis to welcome their new cousin,” Lacey reports.