The Duke of Cambridge was “clear from the start” he did not want aides to say anything about the other households after he saw reports when his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana split, according to a source. The insider added that William is in a “much better place” with the press than his younger brother Prince Harry.
The source told The Sun: “William was clear from the start we were never to brief and never to say anything about anyone in the other households.
“He’d lived through that in the ’90s with his parents in the War of the Waleses and doesn’t ever want it happening again.
“He’s in a much better place (with the Press) than his brother and the things that would bother him don’t.
“Harry will hopefully get there too.
“There was a real hope that Harry would be able to bury his demons and William did try to help him. But it didn’t work.”
The claim comes after the first episode of the two-part The Princes And The Press programme, presented by Amol Rajan, an avowed republican, aired last night.
The documentary explores the relationship between William and Harry – who have been at the centre of an ongoing rift – and the media.
The programme includes suggestions of royal sources briefing journalists behind the scenes.
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During the documentary, the Sussexes’ biographer Omid Scobie claimed negative stories about the couple came from other royal households.
Mr Scobie alleged: “There has been a lot of rumours for some time that a lot of the most damaging and negative stories about Harry and Meghan, that have ended up in the pages of the press, have come from the other royal households or from other royal aides or courtiers.
“From my own experience that is true.”
But Peter Hunt, former BBC royal correspondent, said: “That did not happen the chunk of the time I was doing the Royal Family.
“You have to assume that they would have only done it if they had the approval of their principle.
“I guess it’s an indication of what, at that point wasn’t in the public domain, which was the fracturing of the relationship between these two brothers.”
The row comes after William blasted the BBC earlier this year over Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana.