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William and Harry slam ‘offensive and potentially harmful’ newspaper story

The brothers said a false story had been published despite clear denials.

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THE DUKE OF Cambridge, Prince William has issued a joint statement with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, denying a newspaper claim about the brothers’ relationship which they branded “offensive and potentially harmful”.

The two princes spoke out on the day Queen Elizabeth called a summit at Sandringham for senior royals to discuss face to face for the first time the Sussexes’ plans to forge a new role for themselves.

The statement did not name the newspaper but the Times has a front page story about the crisis, and says a source told the publication that Harry and Meghan “regarded themselves as having been pushed away by what they saw as a bullying attitude from the Duke of Cambridge”.

The report goes on to say that these allegations have been contested by other sources close to the Cambridges and Harry.

A joint statement issued on behalf of the princes said: “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge.

“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”

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