THE fight in the Zulu royal house is heating up.

While preparations were being made for the funeral of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu and Prince Mbonisi Zulu allegedly locked horns with prime minister Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Although Buthelezi warned them to stop holding private meetings, they held one with 200 members of the royal family on Sunday.

They were also accused of holding a media briefing on behalf of the royal house.

Princess Thembi and Prince Mbonisi told Daily Sun that they excluded Buthelezi because he was a dictator who forced the late regent on them.

She said it hurt them that there were allegations they had poisoned the queen.

“We left out Prince Mangosuthu because he doesn’t give us space to freely discuss matters,” she said.

Buthelezi said it angered him to see royal members, who had the potential to create unity, causing conflict.

“During an official meeting held in the presence of the regent, I pleaded with Princess Thembi to say what was in her heart. She then spoke frankly. Her allegation that I’m some sort of a dictator who shoots people down when they have a view with which I disagree is quite outlandish.”

Buthelezi said it was not clear who was accusing them of poisoning the queen.

“It’s clear that they want to paint me as the author of the rumours. They know very well that’s not the case.”