Prince William has ‘only read passages’ of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare and ‘ignored’ his brother’s attempts to set up a conversation via a mutual friend, Omid Scobie has claimed.
In his new book ‘End Game’, royal author Omid Scobie delves into Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship in the wake of the Duke of Sussex’s memoir – which hit shelves in January.
In a chapter about the Prince of Wales, Scobie recounts meeting one of the royal’s former aides and asking them whether William and Kate have made note of the ‘difficulties of being the spare to the heir’.
The source said: ‘[Prince William] has read passages but not the full thing…
‘Harry’s experience is very different to [that of William’s] own children.’
Omid Scobie delves into Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship in the wake of the Duke of Sussex ‘s memoir – which hit shelves in January
Elsewhere in the book, Scobie claims that Prince Harry tried to reach out to his brother on two separate occasions while he was in London.
At the time, the royal’s memoir had only been out for a matter of weeks – and his attempts at contacting Prince William fell on deaf ears.
Scobie claims: ‘In February and March, the Prince turned to a mutual friend in London to try to set up a conversation with his brother, but the attempts were ignored.
‘Harry, said a source, chose to “keep focused on the future, not the past.”‘
Prince Harry made a series of damaging claims about his brother in his memoir – including going into detail about one alleged incident where Prince William ‘knocked him into a dog bowl that cracked and cut his back’ within the Kensington Palace estate.
What’s more, the Duke of Sussex also claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales ‘told him to wear’ the infamous Nazi fancy dress costume and ‘howled with laughter’ when they saw him in it.
While promoting his memoir in January, Prince Harry invited The Daily Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon into the family’s Montecito home – where he revealed he ‘worries’ about the Prince and Princess of Wales’ children.
He said at the time: ‘And though William and I have talked about it once or twice, and he has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibility.
Pictured: the cover art for Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, which hit shelves in January and set shockwaves through the Royal Family
‘I still feel a responsibility knowing that out of those three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare. And that hurts, that worries me.’
In Spare, Prince Harry claimed King Charles told his late mother on the day he was born: ‘Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare – my work is done.’
In a scathing chapter dedicated to the future Queen, Scobie branded Kate the monarchy’s ‘last shiny thing for many years to come’ and claims her workload is lower than other senior members of the Firm, and saying that she’s ‘technically a part time working royal’.
Known for his sympathetic coverage of Harry and Meghan, Scobie added that Kate isn’t known for ‘leadership and outgoing nature’ like ‘Meghan’, who was ‘another shimmering ornament in the royal family tree’ before she stepped down.
This, according to Scobie’s recollection, meant coverage of Meghan’s engagements during her short time as a working royal, were ‘far less about fashion choices and more about her work or her role in the Firm’.
Scobie also claims that Kate ‘does not plan to increase her workload for 10-15 years’, or until her children reach adulthood, and added that she earned the nickname ‘Katie Keen’, because palace press release mitigate her doing less by saying she is ‘keen to learn’.
In a clear swipe, Scobie writes Kate’s lifestyle is something most parents could ‘only dream of’ and that Palace aides were afraid to push her do to anything that ‘makes her uncomfortable’ before the Queen died.
He adds that the future queen has been through five different private secretaries in six years, because they all found the role ‘uninspiring and frustrating’.