Whichever side people fall on the Prince Harry versus the royal family debate, there’s no denying that the Prince and Princess of Wales have had a rough few months.
They had barely settled into their new positions in the palace pecking order after the Queen’s September death when Prince Harry, 38, unleashed a barrage of attacks, with his big brother Prince William, 40, the main target.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster for William and Kate, 41, not helped by the fact that they are so far advised to keep weathering Harry’s fury and encouraged by aides to “simply not respond” unless it’s through their lawyers.
A few weeks ago, around the same time as the book was released, the prince and princess decided it was time to get away, revealing they have embarked on an “adults-only holiday” without the kids. “You know things are bad when they leave the kids at home – they adore those three children!” says an insider.
Woman’s Day understands the pair are set for a trip to the Caribbean island of Mustique, where they’ve enjoyed several carefree, relaxing weeks in the lap of luxury in years gone by in an oceanfront villa that costs almost $50,000 a week.
“Kate and William have been going there since 2008. They know they’ll be well looked after in total privacy – and there will no doubt be a ban on the words ‘Harry and Meghan’!” laughs the insider.
“They need to reconnect and get some sun after a dreary winter in more ways than one. They’re hoping to get away during the February school holidays, and leave George, Charlotte and Louis with grandma and grandpa Middleton and their lovely nanny Maria. Just what the doctor ordered!”
DIGS AT WILLIAM AND KATE’S KIDS
In the same interview, Harry made claims about Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis that have since been labelled “outrageous” by royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
Harry says, “Within my family, if it’s not us, it’s going to be someone else… William and I have talked about it… and he has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibility, I still feel a responsibility knowing that out of those three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare. And that hurts. That worries me.”
Richard says, “William would never say this about Harry and Meghan’s children in an interview.”