Andrew Morton says Will and Harry should have a 'good row and make up'

Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton likens ‘salt and pepper’ princes William and Harry to the Queen and Princess Margaret and says the pair should have a ‘damn good row and make up’

  • Andrew Morton said everyone watching Prince Philip’s funeral will be looking for ‘some sort of reconciliation’ between the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex
  • Likened their differences to those between Queen and sister Princess Margaret
  • Hopes interaction between brothers doesn’t overshadow tributes to Philip 

Prince Harry and Prince William should have a ‘damn good row and make up’ like the Queen and Princess Margaret did throughout their relationship, a royal expert has claimed.

Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton likened the ‘salt and pepper’ brothers to Her Majesty and her late sister, adding that the comparisons are ‘many and obvious’.

He added that while everyone watching Prince Philip’s funeral will be looking for ‘some sort of reconciliation’ between William, 38, and Harry, 36, he hopes this will not ‘overshadow’ tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch yesterday, Morton said: ‘This isn’t the first time there’s been a Cain and Abel relationship inside the Royal Family. Elizabeth and Margaret were sort of the salt and pepper of the royals in their day. 

Prince Harry and Prince William should have a ‘damn good row and make up’ like the Queen and Princess Margaret did throughout their relationship, royal expert Andrew Morton has claimed. Pictured: the pair with their wives in March 2020

‘They were a unique double act and the comparisons with William and Harry are many and obvious. 

‘The Queen is a very similar character to William, cautious, even-handed and calm, Margaret and Harry are a couple who kick over the traitors. Margaret used to say, “disobedience is my job”.’

Morton told host Steph McGovern that the monarch and her sister regularly had their ups and downs, adding: ‘You’d hope that William and Harry would have a damn good row, then make up as the Queen and Margaret did throughout their relationship.’

He went on: ‘Everybody watching the funeral will want to see some sort of reconciliation between William and Harry, and Harry and his father… The one thing you hope is that it doesn’t overshadow tributes to Prince Philip. 

‘If everybody’s looking at what the lipreaders are saying about the interaction between Harry and William, it will undercut the tributes to Prince Philip.’ 

Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton likened the ‘salt and pepper’ brothers to Her Majesty and her late sister, adding that the comparisons are ‘many and obvious’

Both brothers issued very different statements yesterday paying tribute to their grandfather.  

Prince William’s more formal approach saw him describe the Duke as an ‘extraordinary man’, while Prince Harry, who has returned to the UK from California, said he was ‘a man of service, honour and great humour’, the ‘master of the barbecue’ and ‘legend of banter’.  

Reflecting on the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at Windsor Castle aged 99, Morton said: ‘Prince Philip was progressive, he was proactive as we all know, and he was a moderniser in a pretty crusty institution.

‘I remember one of my first royal tours was in 1983 to California, the Queen and Prince Philip went to Yosemite, you could tell he had no time for journalists and he had no time for the Secret Service either.’

Discussing Philip’s legacy, Morton said he helped to bring the monarchy into the 21st century and was very much head of the Firm.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch yesterday, Morton said: ‘This isn’t the first time there’s been a Cain and Abel relationship inside the Royal Family. Elizabeth and Margaret (pictured together in June 1996) were sort of the salt and pepper of the royals in their day’

‘He’s the one who, against the wishes of Winston Churchill and his wife, the Queen, got the coronation televised,’ he observed. 

‘He’s the one behind the Royal Family film of 1969. He was the head of the family, the head of the firm. His rule was law.’  

Morton, who has been acting as an advisor on series five of The Crown, said the Netflix drama ‘got it wrong’ when it came to its portrayal of the Group Captain Peter Townsend saga. 

‘Princess Margaret had all the cards and the Queen gave her those cards and was prepared to have some criticism of the monarchy in order for her sister to be happy,’ he claimed.

Morton, who has been acting as an advisor on series five of The Crown, said the Netflix drama ‘got it wrong’ when it came to its portrayal of the Group Captain Peter Townsend saga

Morton previously admitted that he was ‘baffled’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the Duchess of Sussex claimed concerns about her mental health were ignored.

He said the Royal Family has a ‘history’ of seeking help from professional bodies for psychological issues, explaining that the Queen herself received help with ‘breathing and relaxing’ during her Annus horribilis in 1992.

He also pointed to Princess Margaret, who reportedly sought the help of a Harley Street psychologist for depression during her ailing marriage to Antony Armstrong Jones in the 1970s. 

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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