Prince Harry has opened up about the 'terrifying' moment that his older brother William 'screamed' and 'shouted' at him in the midst of the Megxit crisis.
In the second volume of the Sussexes' explosive Netflix docu-series Harry & Meghan, which dropped today (15 December), Harry made some bold claims about his father and brother's reaction to the pair leaving the royal family.
The Duke claimed that a joint statement in he and his brother's name was issued without his permission in a move that he described as a 'lie to protect my brother.'
In the documentary, Harry also accuses William's office in Kensington Palace of trading negative stories - something he and William had previously promised they would 'never do.'
Prince Harry started by recounting the meeting he, his brother and his father had when they were summoned by the Queen to Sandringham in January 2020, following Meghan and Harry's announcement that they would be stepping back as senior royals.
He also noted that the meeting was timed deliberately so Meghan wouldn't be able to attend.
Recounting how William yelled at him and his father lied, Harry noted that the Queen remained passive through the whole exchange.
“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in," he shared.
The Duke explained that he had been given five options, ranging from 'all in, no change' to 'all out', eventually going with he chose option three – 'half in, half out'.
On the same day as the Sandringham meeting, a joint statement was issued on behalf of both brothers, claiming that reports about their tumultuous relationship were false.
"Once I got in the car after the meeting, I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in my name and my brother’s name, squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family", Harry recalled.
"I couldn’t believe it. No one had asked me. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that.
"I rang M and I told her and she burst into floods of tears because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.
"So there was no other option at this point. I said ‘We need to get out of here'."
Later, Harry spoke about how a letter he had written to King Charles about he and Meghan's plans to move to Canada was leaked to the press.
"It became clear that the institution had leaked the fact that we were moving back to Canada," he said.
"And a key piece of that story that made me aware that the contents of the letter between me and my father had been leaked was that we were willing to relinquish our titles. That was a giveaway.
"I was like 'Wow, our story, our lives, literally got taken from underneath us.'"
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