- Biographer Andrew Morton appeared on the British talk show “Loose Women” on Friday.
- He said Princess Diana viewed Prince Harry as a “wingman” for Prince William as he became king.
- Morton worked with Princess Diana on the explosive 1992 biography “Diana: Her True Story.”
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Royal biographer Andrew Morton said that Princess Diana saw Prince Harry as a “wingman” to Prince William as he prepared to become king.
On Friday, Morton appeared on the British talk show “Loose Women” to discuss the Princess of Wales’ legacy ahead of her 60th birthday this July. Morton secretly collaborated with Diana for the bombshell 1992 biography, “Diana: Her True Story” and is a consultant on the Netflix drama series, “The Crown.”
When asked how Diana might have felt about the reported royal rift between her sons, Morton said there’s “no question” that Diana would be upset.
“Diana said to me quite clearly on several occasions that she saw Harry as the wingman for William in what ultimately would be a very solitary, somber job as future king,” Morton told the hosts.
He continued: “She would have been very upset at the way these two have split apart.”
From there, similar reports emerged of rising tensions and familial disagreements, including allegations that Meghan Markle made Kate Middleton cry over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress. Megan later refuted those claims in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, claiming that Middleton made her cry instead.
Morton said on “Loose Women” that Diana would have likely taken an active role in repairing the relationship between William and Harry.
“Knowing their personalities intimately, as a mother would do, she would be working out, perhaps with Prince Charles by her side, a way to reconcile them.”
“Because it doesn’t really help the monarchy. It doesn’t really help the family as individuals for this feud to continue,” he added.
Diana died in a car crash in August 1997, in Paris when William was just 15 years old and Harry was 12.
Richard Kay, a royal reporter and friend of the Princess of Wales, said in the ITV documentary “Diana” that she thought of her sons during her final phone call.
“I spoke to her that night,” Kay said in the documentary, The Mirror reported. “[The] police said that the last call she made was to me.”
Kay said that Diana “wanted to come back and see her boys” and was “desperate to try and make a fresh start and do something different” at the time.
Recently, a former police chief said he questioned Prince Charles over a note Diana wrote that predicted her death. The note reportedly suggested Charles was planning a car accident, but he was interviewed as a witness – not a suspect – in the investigation.
The chasm between William and Harry appeared to widen in March during Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah.
In a new book by royal historian Robert Lacey, he said that Middleton and William saw “no point” in speaking to Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral.
But the brothers will reunite on July 1 to attend the unveiling of a Diana statue at Kensington Palace Gardens. It also marks Diana’s 60th birthday.