PRINCE William banned aides from briefing against family members after seeing the devastating impact of his parents Charles and Diana’s media attacks — dubbed the War of the Waleses.
His stand emerged as a BBC documentary screened tonight explored William and Harry’s relationship with news outlets.
The first episode of The Princes And The Press — screened tonight — included an interview with author Omid Scobie, who it was revealed was briefed by Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, for his book Finding Freedom.
But a senior royal source insisted: “William was clear from the start that we were never to brief and never to say anything about anyone in the other households.
"He’d lived through that in the ’90s with his parents during the War of the Waleses and doesn’t ever want it happening again.
“He’s in a much better place (with the Press) than his brother and the things that would bother him don’t. Harry will hopefully get there too.
“There was a real hope that Harry would be able to bury his demons and William did try to help him. But it didn’t work.”
Aides for Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a bitter public spat during their break-up and divorce.
The media was briefed from both sides causing huge family rows.
For the new two-part BBC2 documentary and podcast, self-declared republican Amol Rajan has spoken to a string of journalists and royal commentators.
He says it is “shocking” and “weird” and contains “racism, sexism” and “briefing or counter-briefing”.
The Queen, 95, Prince Charles, 73, and Prince William, 39, are threatening to stop cooperating with the BBC unless it removes the claims, saying bosses refused to give them a right to reply or see the footage.
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Today, The Sun told how they were braced to complain to broadcasting regulator Ofcom and have lawyers on standby.
The series comes with a BBC podcast, Harry, Meghan And The Media, also hosted by Rajan, 38.
Buckingham Palace did not want to comment on the BBC show.
William attended the Tusk Conservation Awards in London hours before the documentary aired.
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