Kate Middleton Feels “Hurt and Betrayed” by Brother-in-Law Prince Harry

“The pair used to be so close.”

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton
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Not so long ago, the Princess of Wales and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, were remarkably close—but now, multiple outlets report, Kate feels extremely “hurt and betrayed” by Harry, specifically after the release of Harry & Meghan, the eponymous six-part docuseries released this month on Netflix by Harry and Meghan Markle.

Harry’s brother, Prince William, has no plans to publicly speak out about the docuseries, and OK reports that Kate “is simply at a loss for words.”

“William isn’t planning to give his side of the story or openly retaliate,” a source tells Us Weekly. “He’s remaining dignified and is getting on with the job. Kate feels hurt and betrayed that Harry would do this to her too, especially as the pair used to be so close.”

OK reported recently that Kate was so enraged by Harry and Meghan’s claims that she was “hell-bent” on finally telling her side of the story after years of silence. “Kate’s ammunition could potentially destroy Meghan,” a source says, noting Kate “has a stack of receipts which she accumulated over the years.”

Yet, the outlet reports, it’s William who is urging her to “think twice” before agreeing to a sit-down of her own, though he is just as hurt as his wife. “He’s disappointed with Harry for portraying him and the family in a cynical light,” a source says, and royal expert Katie Nicholl adds “[William] will be taking this very personally.”

Of Kate in particular, Meghan recounted in the docuseries how her sister-in-law was more stiff in private than she expected her to be, and William got the lion’s share of the heat from the show, including Harry sharing a moment between brothers where William screamed and shouted at him.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.