Once upon a time—and not so long ago, at that—Prince Harry and Kate Middleton were not only in-laws, but more like brother and sister. Beyond that, the two were friends, going as far back as the beginnings of Kate’s relationship with Harry’s brother Prince William, which began in the early 2000s.
In his memoir, Spare—released on January 10—Harry takes aim at Kate on a couple of occasions, one in particular surrounding a text message exchange between Kate and Harry’s wife Meghan Markle over Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid’s dress at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding. (And then there’s the lip gloss anecdote, and the costume, and the “baby brain”…) Naturally, being sideswiped in your brother-in-law’s memoir probably doesn’t feel very good, and, according to OK, “Kate doesn’t even recognize this person Harry’s become,” an insider says.
The outlet reports that Kate blames Meghan for Harry’s changed demeanor. “He’s betrayed his own family and broken confidences by speaking out,” the source says.
Though the royal family is never-complaining-never-explaining its way through this recent drama, behind closed doors they apparently call Harry’s actions “backstabbing” and, the insider says, “they think the world of Kate and are on her side,” adding that they are “sick to their stomachs over the whole situation.”
For his part, Harry says he could have written two books with the amount of material he had (and not just about Kate, obviously—lest we forget that the lion’s share of criticism went William’s way, with King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, and others also getting their turn in the tome). The Duke of Sussex says he purposely left out many more damaging stories because his family would never forgive him if he included them. Even so, a different source says Harry has already crossed the line with what did make it in the memoir.
“The lines of communication are totally over now,” the source says. “Harry has said he doesn’t foresee him and Meghan ever returning to live full-time in the U.K.—and he shouldn’t expect a welcome mat from Kate and William if that ever changes.”