A stunned Prince Harry was filmed with an apparently stark text from older brother Prince William, portraying Harry as a screaming bully who “forced him out of the family.”
The final episode of “Harry & Meghan” captured the explosive aftermath of Harry’s scathing 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview, after which heir to the throne William told a reporter, “I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will.”
The Netflix cameras were rolling when William, 40, sent that message – while Meghan Markle was on the phone with celebrity boyfriend Tyler Perry.
As Markle, 41, finished reading Queen Elizabeth II’s response to their Winfrey interview, the camera cut to her husband standing over her and holding his phone wordless for her to read.
“What am I looking at?” she asked, and seconds later he gasped, “Wow.”
“He just got a text from his brother,” she explains to the “Madea” star, before hugging her overwhelmed husband, who laments, “I wish I knew what to do.”
The docuseries gave no details about what was in the text. William has been the focus of many of Harry’s most explosive assault allegations in the last three episodes.
The acrimony started when William apparently broke a pact not to let their teams exchange negative press stories about each other, which Harry called “heartbreaking.”
William was most vocal when Harry was summoned to a showdown in January 2020 at the Queen’s estate in Sandringham to explain his desire to be “half in, half out” of his royal duties.
“It was terrifying to have my brother yell and yell at me, while my dad said things that just weren’t true,” he claimed.
Even worse, Harry said his name was added without his approval to a public statement denying his brother was responsible for “bullying us out of the family” – making it clear he would never have denied it.
When he told Meghan, “She burst into tears,” said Harry, “because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother – and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us. ”
A month after his brother’s text, Harry made another attempt to reason with William and their father, King Charles III, during a return to the UK for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip.
“It was hard. Especially spending time chatting with my brother and my dad, who were very focused on the same misinterpretation of the whole situation,” he said. The pair also seemed tense despite trying to show a united front after their grandmother’s death, which came after the Netflix interviews were filmed.
“I’ve had to make peace with the fact that we’re probably never going to get real accountability or a real apology,” Harry told Netflix.
My wife and I are moving on. We are focused on what is to come.”
Still, he called “the saddest part” of the scandal the “wedge it created between me and my brother.”