A couple of days ago, the Daily Mail reported that Prince William disapproved of the Love Shield that Prince Harry deployed in defence of his girlfriend Meghan Markle. According the Daily Mail’s source, supposedly, Will thinks his brother is “hot-headed” and that the Love Shield gesture was made with too much emotion, giving away too much information.
Today, however, Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of William to undermine the Daily Mail’s claims:
“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
Sources close to Will are saying that he and Harry actually consulted extensively before the Love Shield went out. Now I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that the Daily Mail is regularly full of sh-t and probably good for one bullsh-t royal story a week. But is Kensington Palace going to be releasing statements refuting the Daily Mail as often as the Daily Mail prints bullsh-t? Probably not. But we’ve seen over the last few weeks that Harry is pissed at the British tabloids and their sometimes racist and sexist coverage of his relationship. Which is why, as I’ve pointed out a few times, a lot of the good insider information about his situation with Meghan is being reported in the US magazines instead. What Will’s doing here is coming in behind his brother’s lead, not only to stay onside with Harry but also because it benefits him too and furthers his own agenda. The British papers have called Will and Kate lazy. They’ve criticised the time they spend on royal duty. They criticise how much access Will has restricted. But where Will and Kate are concerned, it’s kind of a different issue. Harry’s out there hustling for the family all the time. He’s out there hustling for the family right now in the Caribbean. Will and Kate, on the other hand, well, their workload and commitment have been called into question. And besides, it’s not like anybody’s throwing around the terms “Straight Outta Compton” and “dreadlocks” when Will and Kate are the focus.
All of that, however, makes the Daily Mail’s recent report about Will not approving of Harry’s Love Shield even more suspect. Of course, on this issue, Will would be in with Harry. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, it’s Prince Charles who wasn’t thrilled about Harry’s statement. Charles, remember, was on tour when the Love Shield happened. And Charles has never enjoyed being overshadowed, not by his first wife, and not by sons.
Here's Harry in St Georges, Grenada today.