The Prince and Princess of Wales felt "overshadowed" by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and grew "jealous" of them, according to a royal expert.
Tensions between Kate, 40, Prince William, 40, Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, have continued to grow ever since the Sussexes stepped down as senior royals in March 2020 and relocated to the US.
While many have put the blame on Meghan and Harry, royal historian Robert Lacey has argued that William and Kate were not innocent in the falling out.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Robert claimed: "Friends of William and Kate are willing to concede the jealousy the Cambridges once felt at being overshadowed by the megawatt younger brother and his wife."
He added: "History will reveal, they agree, how their friends William and Kate were guilty of some 'sharp-elbowed' tactics in seeking to keep Harry and Meghan in their place."
The royal expert also said that William's "short temper" won't have helped to diffuse the tense situation between him and his younger brother.
Robert added that both William and Harry's pals urged them to make amends with one another, before going on to say that Harry's friends had confessed Meghan could be "a 500% nightmare."
OK! has contacted a representative for The Prince and Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace.
The feud between the Waleses and Sussexes could get worse over the coming weeks, as Harry and Meghan's explosive Netflix documentary is scheduled to be released.
Titled Harry & Meghan, the six-part series will see the couple open up about their lives and their time as working royals.
Two trailers have so far been released, which both hint at some huge bombshell revelations. Royal watchers have declared the new Netflix trailers as "war" on the royal family, with accusations of racism and of the royal institution "planting stories" in a "war against Meghan."
In one part of the trailer, Harry can be heard saying: "There's a hierarchy of the family, you know, there's leaking, but there's also planting of stories. It's a dirty game."
The prince also speaks about the "pain and suffering" women who marry into the Royal Family experience in the teaser, while Meghan can be seen breaking down in tears in several parts of the trailers.
The first three episodes of the Sussexes' documentary series will air on Thursday 8 December exclusively on Netflix, while the final three shows will land on 15 December.
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