Prince William and Prince Harry release a joint statement amid Sussex split drama

Cape Town – Prince William and Prince Harry have released a joint statement denying rumours of "bullying" within the royal family. 

The statement was made on Monday as result of a UK newspaper reporting a royal rift between the brothers, and suggesting Prince William's "bullying attitude" pushed the Sussex's out of the family and led to the release of their bombshell statement. 

"Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge," a spokesperson for William and Harry said. 

"For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful," the statement said. 

The story the statement is referring to also spoke of a friend of Prince William saying the Duke of Cambridge is "sad" about the events that are about to unfold. A friend quoted him saying, "I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities. I’m sad about that.

"All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team."

On Monday, Prince Harry will meet with Prince William, along with Prince Charles and the queen, to discuss a way forward after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell announcement.

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