BBC underestimated how sensitive Prince William is about Sussex row – expert

Prince William finds the split between his family and the Sussexes very "sensitive" and the strength of his feelings were "underestimated by the BBC", says a commentator.

The explosive BBC Two two-part documentary The Princes and the Press has been accused of airing "overblown and unfounded claims" in a strongly-worded statement from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace.

Although the documentary wasn't explicit, it hinted heavily that royal staff were behind leaks to the press that cast Meghan Markle in an unfavourable light.

One infamous leaked story, that The Duchess of Sussex "made Kate Middleton cry", was said to have been a particularly "sensitive" issue to William, according to royal journalist and biographer Duncan Larcombe.

Speaking to True Royalty's The Royal Beat, Mr Larcombe said: "One of the key issues with this BBC documentary is the fact that what they have done is underestimate just how sensitive a subject it is.

"For Prince William, in particular, that his own brother and his sister-in-law, Meghan, have accused them on Oprah Winfrey of briefing and deliberately allowing stories that aren't true about Meghan."

Mr Larcombe then pointed to Meghan's rebuttal of the rumour that she "made Kate cry" in a row before the wedding with her "claim that the story was not only not true, but it's the wrong way around".

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He added: "So we’ve got an argument between who made who cry which is a primary school thing but The Palace have been at pains to take the other cheek, not to be drawn into this row.

"The BBC’s documentary allowed people to say, 'Yeah, they were briefing us, they were telling us this, Harry and Meghan are effectively right, Prince William is effectively a liar,'" Mr Larcombe conceded.

When Meghan was asked about the notorious "flower girl row" in her interview with Oprah Winfrey she denied making Kate cry.

She said: "The reverse happened.

"I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone because it was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something.

"A few days before the wedding, [Kate] was upset about something.

"Yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses.

"And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it.

"I would have never wanted that to come out about her ever, even though it happened. I protected that from ever being out in the world."

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