William’s 40th birthday overshadowed by ‘leaking tales of family fracture’

According to royal biographer Omid Scobie, Prince William’s 40th birthday was somewhat overshadowed by “leaked stories of family fractures” in British tabloids.

writing in your column for Yahoo! newsScobie, who co-authored the biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finding freedomclaimed that it could have been used as a tool to publicize how he was “preparing for his role as Prince of Wales and the Duchy of Wales” when reporting on the time of the royal’s birthday. Off Cornwall,” it was instead assumed by unnamed sources criticizing Harry.

Scobie brought coverage by daily maila newspaper whose sister publication mail on sunday The lawsuit was filed after Meghan published a private letter to her father.

Omid Scobie writes of a missed opportunity to promote William’s work at the time of his 40th birthday, focusing on his relationship with Harry. Here, William photographed on June 14, 2022, and Harry (inset) on June 3, 2022.
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Scobie claimed that the information leaked by unknown sources daily mail As for its coverage “usually only after express permission has been granted.”

“My experience with the Duke of Cambridge is,” he wrote, “that his tight circle of friends would only speak to that person with his approval. In the past, people who have not received such authorization found themselves in deep trouble. Is .”

Scobie felt that Harry’s criticism, given by unnamed sources, that the prince has “100 percent crossed that line” in discussing his personal life since moving away from the royal family, may mark a new stage. could. Life of William.

He continued: “Looks like you’ll have to wait for his 41st if you want to find out how William turned from a reluctant heir to a dutiful king-in-waiting, as sources were too busy telling him how. ‘Alternate between sadness’ and anger at Harry’s life decisions.

Relations between William and younger brother Harry are reportedly strained – with royal writer and former editor Vanity Fair, Tina Brown, Say Wire: “I have been told that nothing is going on between them at this time.”

During his 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry opened up about his relationship with William, which became more distant after Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018.

He added: “I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.”

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Oprah Interview
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
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In the months after the interview aired, relations appeared to have soured as Harry raised a question about whether he had been missing his brother since moving to America during an interview given at the 2022 Invictus Games. .

when asked by today Explaining that topic to show co-host Hoda Kotb, Shahi said: “Yeah, I think for most people especially in the last two years, haven’t they missed their families? Okay. Is? the inability to go home and see them.”

The host then repeated the question and asked: “But do you miss your brother, your father?”

To this he replied: “Look, I mean… for the time being, I’m focusing on these guys here [at the Invictus Games] And this family and I will do whatever I can to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime by giving them 120 percent. Here is my focus.

“And when I leave here, I go back, and my focus is my family, which I miss dearly. Of course, I do. They’re two little people.”

Royal watchers were hoping to see a reunion between William and Harry during Queen Elizabeth II’s recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with Harry and Meghan making their first public joint return to Britain since moving to the United States in 2020.

These watchers were to be disappointed as the Sussexes participated in only two planned events and only one of them was on public viewing. When the couple arrived at the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, they were entered separately from William and Kate, seated away, and left without interacting with each other.

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2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, although there are no official public plans to mark the occasion. Photographed on May 7, 1995.
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Since 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, there are no public plans for the princes to come together to mark the anniversary. In July 2021, on what would have been the 60th birthday of the princess, the brothers came together to unveil a statue in her honor at their former home at Kensington Palace. This was the last time the pair were photographed together in public.

The fact that press coverage around the time of William’s birthday cemented the rift between the brothers was, according to Scobie, a wasted opportunity, who wrote:

“From a PR perspective, Prince William’s birthday milestone was the perfect opportunity to paint a picture of a man focused on preparing for the big job. After all, he was actually working. But instead, the readers were hypocritical. The story of how terrifying it is for Harry to speak publicly about his experiences.”

As the publication of all of Harry’s memoirs is on the horizon, and William assumes increasing responsibility for royal duties as the Queen curtails her production due to health and mobility problems, it is unlikely that the public will ever see the royal brothers. Will also be able to see together soon.

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