Prince William is reportedly disappointed with the way Prince Harry responded to Queen Elizabeth’s announcement that he and his wife Meghan Markle have officially stepped down from their royal roles.
On Sunday, palace sources alleged to the U. K.’s Sunday Times that the Duke of Cambridge, 38, is "really sad and genuinely shocked" about his younger brother’s behavior.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t return as working royals. The announcement came just over a year after Harry, 36, and Markle, 39, revealed they were taking "a step back" as senior royals, which came with a one-year review period.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family," the statement began.
"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family."
Right after the palace shared the statement, Harry and Markle released their own message.
A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement that "as evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U. K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."
In response, sources close to William told The Sunday Times that he’s "very upset by what has happened" and found the couple’s behavior "insulting and disrespectful."
"You don’t answer the queen back – it’s just not done," said one insider.
Despite the recent news, friends of the two brothers insisted that their relationship will heal in time.
"It’s still raw," a pal of William’s alleged to the outlet. "He’s very upset by what has happened, though absolutely intent that he and Harry’s relationship will heal in time."
The palace said Harry’s appointment as captain-general of the Royal Marines and titles with other military groups would revert to the queen before being distributed to other members of the family.
Harry, who served in the British army for a decade and has a close bond with the military, founded the Invictus Games competition for wounded troops.
According to the palace, the military, Commonwealth and charitable associations that will now revert to Harry's grandmother, the queen, including the Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football... (Read more)
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