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A royal expert has claimed that Prince William was the member of the Royal Family to put his foot down when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back as senior royals.
It is well documented that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hoped to be able to continue to serve the Queen while becoming financially independent, in what many have called a "half in, half out" role.
But they were unsuccessful and were told they "can no longer formally represent" Her Majesty in January 2020, when they permanently stepped down.
Royal author Robert Jobson has claimed William was one of the driving forces in preventing the Sussexes from being allowed to continue within the Royal Family and this could have played a role in the tensions that now exist.
Speaking on the Royally Us podcast, he claimed: “I don’t know what direction they’re going to go in. I think that they may have had a sort of a plan where they were halfway in and halfway out.
“That wasn’t going to happen, really from Prince William more than anybody saying, ‘you can’t have it both ways’.”
Robert claimed that the decision was taken as part of the preparations for the Duke of Cambridge to become King in future.
“When the Queen passes, Prince Charles is not going to be on the throne for very long”, he suggested.
“So the future of the monarchy really rests on the shoulders of Prince William and the Cambridge family.
“So really, a lot of the decisions, he will be consulted on and I known that his position was very strong that you can’t have it both ways.
“Because you can’t be seen to be making money commercially but at the same time saying that you’re serving the people, because you can’t get paid by both.”
The royal commentator noted that he couldn’t be certain what the final straw was that saw the two princes fall out, but claimed a number of factors were at play.
He continued: “They clearly disagreed, and I don’t know the one thing that turned it, but I would say that they clearly disagreed with the way that Harry was going about things.
“And I also think that he was quite shocked when Harry gave an interview in South Africa and effectively started airing their dirty linen in public.
“There’s a lot of things, I think also Harry felt he was not happy with the lack of support over his marriage to Meghan.
“But at the end of the day, they were very close as young men, let’s hope that over time, wounds can heal, but I do think these are quite deep wounds."
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