Prince Harry and William have issued a joint statement denying claims of ‘bullying’ within the royal family.

The pair dismissed a story speculating about their relationship today as ‘false’ ‘offensive’ and ‘potentially harmful’.

Spokespeople for the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge said: ‘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.

‘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 did not name the UK paper that wrote the story.

Some media outlets reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel that they have been pushed out of the Royal Family by Prince William’s ‘bullying attitude’.

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The story cited an unnamed source saying the Duke of Cambridge had not been welcoming to Meghan after she married his brother.

The statement comes as the Queen prepares to hold crisis talks with Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles after her grandson’s dramatic decision to quit as a senior royal.

Harry is yet to meet with his family  for face-to-face discussions since the bombshell announcement that he and Meghan would be stepping back from royal duties.

It is believed the Duchess may join talks over the phone as she is currently in Canada with the couple’s baby Archie.

She flew back a few days ago after the family spent an extended break over Christmas in British Columbia.

William will today travel to the estate in Norfolk from his Kensington Palace apartment and Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle to attend the crunch meeting.

This is a breaking news story. More updates to follow