Prince William reveals sadness' as Harry and Meghan step back
Jan. 12, 2020
The Duke of Cambridge opened up to a friend about the pain he is feeling
Prince William is struggling with the royal split, a friend has stated.
The Duke of Cambridge has told pals of the "sadness" he feels at the broken bond with Prince Harry, after it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would "step back" as senior royals.
It comes as Her Majesty The Queen called for a family meeting to be held at her private Norfolk estate of Sandringham on Monday in a bid to find a solution to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future roles, along with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.
The Mirror reports that Prince William has expressed his sorrow that he and his brother are now "separate entities".
According to the Sunday Times, the Duke of Cambridge told a friend: “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities.
“I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page.
“I want everyone to play on the team.”
Meghan and Harry revealed they will become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.
Tomorrow's meeting will be the first time the four will have met since the issue engulfed the royal family, and it is thought Charles will be travelling from Birkhall in Scotland, William from his Kensington Palace apartment and Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle.
Before them will be a range of options, and it is likely the royals will try to come to some agreement before the meeting ends to stop the immediate crisis causing lasting damage to the monarchy.
The decision and the way it has been handled has reportedly caused outrage within palace walls, with the Queen "deeply upset" and Charles and William "incandescent with rage".
Before the meeting, the royals will be given written proposals produced by their offices and others, including relevant government departments from the UK and Canada, where it is thought Harry and Meghan will establish a second home.
"We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."
The announcement led for the Palace to issue a statement.
It said: "The Queen, the Prince Of Wales and Duke of Cambridge have directed their teams to work together at pace with the government and the Sussex household to find workable solutions."