William "threw Harry out" after hearing allegations of bullying by Meghan, a new book claims (Image: EMPICS Entertainment)
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A furious Prince William threw Harry out of his royal household after learning of a "dossier" of alleged bullying by Meghan Markle, a new book claims.
Historian Robert Lacey claims an angry phone call between the brothers ended in Harry hanging up as they clashed over claims the Duchess of Sussex left at least one worker suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the "toxic" environment.
Harry defended his wife, and the Sussexes have denied allegations of bullying, saying Meghan was the victim of a "smear campaign".
William "went ballistic" when he heard the allegations, and later instructed his private secretary, Simon Case, to begin dividing their households "immediately", it is claimed.
A dossier alleged staff were mistreated by Meghan, reportedly sending William into a rage
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In an extract from Lacey's book, Battle of Brothers, published by The Times, a friend claimed: "William threw Harry out."
The younger brother, the book says, was upset that William had considered the claims credible.
According to Lacey, the brothers' joint communications secretary, Jason Knauf, had decided to speak up for staff after hearing claims of mistreatment by the Duchess of Sussex.
He compiled a dossier outlining allegations, which was sent to the Duke of Cambridge's private secretary.
William, who "personally liked" all the staff alleged to have been mistreated by Meghan, came to believe that the former actress was "fundamentally hostile to the royal system", Lacey wrote.
He claimed that the second-in-line to the throne regarded staff as "colleagues to be cherished and for whom he was responsible", meaning he was "appalled" by the contents of the dossier.
The 2018 document – which Harry and Meghan have refuted – claimed the Duchess had bullied two PAs out of their jobs in the previous year.
It also claimed that Meghan seemed intent on "always having someone in her sights", and Knauf said he had received “report after report” from people who witness "unacceptable behaviour” by Meghan towards a member of staff.
The brothers had been in a joint household for a decade before the furious row
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Enraged, William confronted his brother in an angry phone call, before Harry hung up, the book claims.
William persisted, searching his younger sibling out, leading to a "fierce and bitter" showdown, Lacey wrote.
He said: "Harry shut off his phone angrily, so William went to speak to him personally. The prince was horrified by what he had just been told about Meghan’s alleged behaviour, and he wanted to hear what Harry had to say."
Harry was hurt that his older brother believed the accusations about Meghan, while William was "appalled" at what he heard and felt justified in having had doubts about his sister-in-law before she married into the family, it is claimed.
During this conversation, insiders told Lacey, Harry voiced his belief that someone in the royal circle was "racist" – but the book does not say who this referred to.
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As a result of the rift, Lacey wrote, William "simply did not want her or Harry around any more".
Despite having operated a joint household with his younger brother at Kensington Palace for a decade, he decided enough was enough and instructed his team to separate them.
As a result Harry and Meghan would move out of London, to a new home in Windsor, before eventually quitting royal duties altogether.
Earlier this year the Sussexes made a string of bombshell allegations in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which Harry claimed his brother and dad, Prince Charles, were "trapped" by their positions.
The couple also claimed that a member of the family had made negative remarks about son Archie's skin colour before his birth, and said Meghan was denied support while suffering a mental health crisis.
Kensington Palace this morning declined to comment on the allegations made in the book when contacted by The Mirror.