Prince William reportedly branded Meghan Markle as “that bloody woman” who was “merciless” to staff, a royal author has claimed.
Robert Lacey, author of new book Battle of Brothers, which details the rift between William and his brother Prince Harry, has written that the Duke of Sussex would like to reconcile and “admit some of the missteps he has made”.
But the writer believes tensions are “not likely to end any time soon” even though the two brothers were seen having a chat after their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
Addressing next year’s Platinum Jubilee, when the Royal Family is set to gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the writer claimed the Duke of Cambridge will have “no choice” but “to swallow his pride and smile beside Meghan”.
Mr Lacey wrote in the Daily Mail : “According to one of my sources, it’s been pointed to him that everyone has a difficult sister-in-law.
“William’s response was to nod his head in sage acceptance. Then suddenly he broke out angrily. ‘But look at the way that bloody woman treated my staff – merciless!'”
The royal author went on to claim that some of Harry’s friends said the Duchess of Sussex “can be a 500 per cent nightmare” – and that Sussex supporters have noticed Meghan’s “combination of self-promotion and self-pity”.
In his book, Mr Lacey also claims that William was “furious” after finding out a “Dossier of Distress” that was allegedly submitted in October 2018 by communication Jason Knauf.
He adds staff felt “humiliated” and that William was “appalled” at the bullying allegations.
However, Meghan Markle has rejected the allegations and said she actually wants to support those who have had traumatic experiences and build “compassion around the world”.
A statement released on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex before Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March said: “Let’s just call this what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.
“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”