Prince William slams reports he was 'deeply unhappy' with brother Harry's statement for girlfriend Meghan Markle
Published 28/11/2016 | 09:34
Prince William has released a statement confirming his support for his brother Harry.
Contrary to reports on Sunday, which claimed the Duke of Cambridge was "deeply unhappy" with his brother's decision to go public with his romance with girlfriend Meghan Markle and lash out at media intrusion of their relationship, William said he "absolutely understands" the situation.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace issued a statement to news outlets yesterday regarding the ongoing drama about Harry and Meghan's relationship.
"The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him," it read.
The Mail on Sunday claimed that the future King of England was disappointed with his younger brother's now infamous statement in which he lambasted the "sexist and racist undertones" when describing his new girlfriend.
"He thinks Harry made a mistake in confirming the relationship and releasing such an emotional statement so soon," an insider told the publication.
"He feels that the statement offered up too much information and only served to fuel speculation about how serious Harry is about Meghan. It could also put him in a difficult position in the future regardless of whether the relationship leads to something or not."
"William knows that his brother can be hot-headed and understands that it is something he felt very strongly about. Privately, he shares a lot of the sentiments he and Meghan expressed as, make no mistake, she was very involved in the statement too"
The brothers share media advisers and are kept abreast of any information they share in the public arena before it is released.
"The past week has seen a line crossed,” read a Kensington Palace statement that Harry had asked to be issued. “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.
Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," Harry's initial statement read.
Much was made of the decision as the British royal family have only issued statements about personal relationships that led to marriage. Prince William pleaded for privacy for now-wife Kate Middleton when they were dating and on another occasion was forced to deny he was dating good friend Jecca Craig.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be "thrilled" for her her brother-in-law.
"Kate is thrilled that Harry has finally found a girlfriend who looks like being a keeper," a source told Woman's Day magazine.
"She only wants the very best for her lovely brother-in-law - and Meghan looks like she fits the bill."