Prince William found himself at the center of Prince Harry's criticisms in his memoir Spare, as well as his back-to-back interviews over the weekend. But despite everything that the Duke of Sussex has said about his older brother, Prince William has remained mum on the controversy.
Prince William Wanted To Go On The Offensive And Respond To Prince Harry's Claims?
But according to Page Six, Prince William expressed his desire to release a statement on behalf of the royal family following Prince Harry's allegations. However, when he told King Charles what he wanted to do, the monarch talked him out of it.
"The King wanted to move ahead with the traditional 'stiff upper lip' attitude and follow in the Queen's famous footsteps of 'never complain, never explain', but the Prince of Wales argued that perhaps the family should, in fact, go on the offensive and release a statement, much in the same way he said 'We are very much not a racist family', but he was overruled by his father," the source said.
Prince William A' Sitting Duck' Because Prince Harry Knows He Won't Retaliate?
A second source told The Sunday Times that Prince William wouldn't retaliate despite everything that Prince Harry said about him and Kate Middleton. After all, he is second in line to the throne and the future king of Britain.
"He [William] won't retaliate, he never would, because he's dignified and unbelievably loyal. William is a sitting duck because Harry knows he isn't going to retaliate. How many shots can you take at a sitting duck? It's cruel, cowardly and so sad for William to keep taking the punches. He's keeping quiet for the good of his family and the country," the source said.
The Palace Reportedly Requested To See Advance Copies Of Prince Harry's Interviews Prior To Their Release
Prior to the release of Spare and Prince Harry's interview, the palace reportedly set up a warm room amid fears of what the former senior working royal could say about his family. One of the palace's biggest concerns was that the Duke of Sussex would revisit old issues between him and Prince William, which is exactly what he did.
"There were undoubtedly fears about what Harry was going to write, and in particular they were worried about the highly personal moments of their lives being retold," the source said.
According to reports, the palace also requested to see advanced reports of Prince Harry's interviews on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America before they released a statement on behalf of his claims.
"We reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. Its representatives demanded before considering responding, 60 Minutes provided them with our report prior to airing it tonight, which is something we never do," Anderson Cooper said (via People).
Michael Strahan, who interviewed Prince Harry on Good Morning America, also released a similar statement.
"We received a response from the law firm representing Buckingham Palace this morning, while we were on the air, saying that the palace needed to 'consider exactly what is said in the interview, in the context in which it appears' and asked that we supply them immediately with a copy of the entire interview, which we do not do as a news organization, as a matter of our policy," he said.
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