Williams staff leaked Harry stories day after interview, biographer suggests

An explosive documentary claims Prince William's staff briefed journalists on his brother Prince Harry's mental health.

Omid Scobie, the Duke of Sussex's biographer, appears in the programme called Harry & William: What Went Wrong? which airs on ITV at 9pm tonight (July 4).

He claimed it was "no coincidence" staff began briefing journalists on Harry's mental state the day after he appeared to confirm rumours of a rift between the brothers.

But the author failed to provide any evidence Palace staff or those assigned to William were behind those briefings.

Harry told ITV reporter Tom Bradby he and his brother were ""on different paths" in a 2019 interview which took place after the Sussexes toured South Africa.

In the documentary Mr Scobie alleged William’s aides at Kensington Palace began a briefing campaign against the now exiled royal the day after his interview.

Mr Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, tells the documentary: "I would say that it was no coincidence that it was shortly after that aired, even the next day, there were source quotes that came from a senior aide at Kensington Palace saying William was worried about his brother’s mental health.

"That fed off such an ugly thing for Harry and it did not go unnoticed. Now whether William directed that or not, no one will ever know, but it came from his household that he is the boss of."

Mr Scobie, an outspoken champion of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, added: "Meghan came in driven and ready to work and that immediately ruffled feathers.

"She’s a woman well into her 30s: I think she’s proven to herself and the people she’s worked with up until that point she knows what she’s doing.

"She was certainly not someone who was going to change herself just to please the people around her. I felt they also had to be reminded: 'You’re not the stars of the show here. There is a hierarchy and you don’t come very high in it'."

The programme is billed as "an attempt to get to the bottom of this royal rift" and "explore allegations that many of the negative stories about Harry and Meghan were the result of briefings from within the Palace".

Robert Lacey, whose book Battle Of Brothers about William and Harry’s relationship breakdown, said on camera: "Someone close to William told me William felt from an early stage Meghan had an agenda."

Royal biographer Penny Junor added: "I was hearing very bad stories from early on Meghan was upsetting people. She was not as charming as she seemed.

"Harry and Meghan’s approach is not just Californian, it’s showbiz-y, celebrity. Our Royal Family are not celebrities. They are working members of a public institution.

"I was appalled by the Oprah interview. These are not statements that should be made for public consumption. This is the sort of thing that should happen in the privacy of a psychiatrist’s couch."

Buckingham Palace have launched an investigation into the bullying allegations, which Meghan has denied.

The brothers were pictured together at Kensington Palace on Thursday to unveil a statue of their mother Princess Diana, which marked what would have been her 60th birthday.

Harry & William: What Went Wrong? is on ITV at 9pm tonight (July 4).

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