The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex's relationship is beyond repair and “there is no going back”, royal writer Omid Scobie has said.
The journalist, ahead of the publication of his new book Endgame due out on November 28, told People magazine that William sees Harry as a “renegade” and some in the establishment see him as a “threat to the Crown”.
Scobie said “absolutely nothing” has changed in the brothers' rift since the release of Harry Spare's autobiography at the start of the year, although there is now an element of indifference.
The author claims that Crown Prince William is prioritizing his loyalty to the Crown and is quietly working with the British press to undermine Harry, People magazine reported.
In extracts, Scobie also writes that Harry was “devastated” to have to learn the news of the late Queen's death from a BBC news report.
Scobie claims palace sources later revealed the King had shared the news with Harry personally in an attempt to save face.
He wrote how Harry was described by a source close to Sussex as “completely alone” as he tried to make plans to fly to Balmoral on the day of the Queen's death and said he was “in the dark” about his grandmother. health in her last moments.
Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Archwell declined to comment.
The claims come a day after Harry called his father to wish him a happy 75th birthday, with the Telegraph reporting that the heated conversation marked a turning point.
The newspaper reported that father and son plan to speak again next week and that Charles also spoke to Meghan, while Prince Archie and Princess Lilybet recorded a video to sing happy birthday to their grandfather.
Scobie is also the co-author of Finding Freedom, a biography of the Sussexes, which claimed the Duke was angered by what he perceived as William's “snobbish” attitude towards his daughter-in-law.
Meghan's lawyers previously denied she collaborated on the book.
But in November 2021, the duchess apologized to the High Court for not remembering agreeing that an aide could provide information to Scobie and fellow author Carolyn Durand for the biography.
Relations between William and Harry have long been strained and worsened following Harry's public accusations against his brother in double-edged swords: his memoir Spare and his Netflix documentary.
In Spare, released just months after Elizabeth II's death, Harry accused William of physically assaulting him and pushing him into a dog bowl in the row above Meghan.
He also claimed that it was William and the now Princess of Wales who encouraged him to wear a Nazi outfit at a fancy dress party in 2005 and they “screamed” with laughter when they saw it.
Scobie described Spare as Harry's last attempt to tell his family how he had been feeling for a long time.
The author said of Endgame: “I was talking to a source very early in the process, and they called Harry a ‘renegade' and said that was William's view.”
He added: “In the eyes of some within the establishment, Harry is a threat to the crown.”
He said of the brothers' relationship: “There's no going back.”
The book's full title is Endgame: Inside The Royal Family And The Monarchy's Fight For Survival, and its chapters include Race and the Royals: Institutional Bigotry and Denial and another called Gloves On: Prince William, Heir to the Throne.
He also recounts Harry's experience on the day the Queen died, when he claims William did not respond to his texts as he tried to arrange travel to Balmoral.
“It was upsetting to watch,” a source close to the Sussexes told Scobie. “(Harry) was completely alone in this.”
His grandmother died at 3.10 p.m. on 8 September 2022. The Duke traveled to Scotland separately from William and other members of his family with his flight departing at 5.35pm.
News of the Queen's death was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6.30pm while on air.