Why does Don John tell Claudio that Hero was being disloyal?

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Don John is the prince Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother. The two have only recently become reconciled, but Don John still deeply resents Don Pedro. He feels trapped: “I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace … I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog.” Don John is so eager to spite his brother and his friends, he latches onto Borachio’s news of an impending marriage between Hero and Claudio. He expresses jealousy of Claudio’s esteemed...

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