For nearly their entire lives, Prince Harry and Prince William were thought to function as a unit. However, it looks like things changed for them when Harry got married. There were rumors that the brothers fell out. Could there be truth to these whispers? Eventually, Harry decided that it was time for him to shed a light on this speculation. What he said sent royal enthusiasts into a frenzy!
To certain people, it might come as a surprise to hear that the brothers were even close at all. If you think about it, royal history is full of stories about feuding brothers. For example, it was alleged that the Duke of Windsor, formerly known as King Edward VIII and the uncle of the Queen, was once part of a secret Nazi plan to remove King George VI and reinstate the Duke of Windsor on the throne.
Stories from their childhood imply that the two of them had been, maybe unintentionally, brought up as an heir and spare. As a matter of fact, royal biographer Ingrid Seward claimed that the Queen Mother favored the elder son since he knew that the boy would grow up to be the king in the future. However, Princess Diana made sure to raise Harry without giving him a complex about this.
It was tragic when Diana died in a car accident in 1997. William and Harry were left motherless, but it looked like this experience brought the two of them together more than anything else could. In 2017, William said this in a clip released by Kensington Palace: “We are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through. But even Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother.”
When Harry was an adult, he revealed that the death of his mother took a toll on his mental health. However, he also said that William was there to help him through it all. After forcing himself to be numb for a long time, he finally saw a therapist. This would not have been possible if his older brother was not there to persuade him into it.
It was only natural for Harry to make his brother the best man when he finally got married to Meghan Markle in 2018. William’s two eldest kids, George and Charlotte, served as the page boy and a bridesmaid as well. The wedding appeared to be a happy occasion. However, rumors were about to begin not long after this happened.
After this royal wedding, Meghan revealed that she was expecting. It was then announced that she and Harry planned to move away from their residence in the Kensington Palace grounds, which was closer to where William and Kate lived. Instead, the young couple decided they would live in Frogmore Cottage instead. Despite the name, it was more spacious than their old place. However, it started many rumors.
In the beginning, the media started to report that Meghan and Kate did not care much for one another. In 2018, The Sun claimed that one palace source explained that they had a fight about their staff. The insider said, “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment.”
What made the matters worse was that someone talked to The Daily Telegraph about how Meghan made her sister-in-law cry just before the wedding happened. This alleged insider said that there was a “stressful” fitting for the bridesmaid dress Charlotte was going to wear. Kate, who just gave birth weeks prior to this, reportedly left the room in tears.
After the developments, there was a huge twist in the story. A journalist by the name of Katie Nicholl, the Vanity Fair royal correspondent, revealed that there was one more brewing feud in the royal family. It was about William and Harry this time! She also said that a mutual friend of the princes talked to her about how the quarrel started.
This alleged source told Nicholls, “Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so. They had a bit of a fall out which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort.” The pair of royals had been seen together in the middle of these rumors, but it looked like there were undercurrents of hostility between Harry and William.
In 2019, there were other salacious stories about the princes as well as their wives. In February that year, TLC came out with a documentary titled Kate v Meghan: Princesses at War? Nicholls was in it and said, “William was quite concerned that the relationship [between Harry and Meghan] had moved so quickly.”
“And [as William is] close to Harry, [he was] probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘This seems to be moving quickly, are you sure?’” continued Nicholls. “I think what was meant as well-intended brotherly advice just riled Harry. Harry is hugely protective of Meghan. He saw that as criticism. He interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union. And I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.”
The documentary had more juicy gossip, however. Emily Andrews, a royal reporter for the tabloid The Sun, claimed that Harry went over-the-top when it comes to his brother’s questioning. In fact, she said that the younger man “went ballistic and said, ‘You’re trying to wreck this relationship before it’s even started.’”
In 2019, a filmmaker called Nick Bullen talked to Fox News about the royal feud. According to him, it was always the brothers who were fighting even though the media made it look like it was their wives. He explained, “Let’s have these two super glamorous women – one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other… that’s the sexy sort of media story.”
“It’s actually William and Harry [that] have had a rift,” he went on to say. “All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public… I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys.” Harry and William, after all, are the only kids of a beloved icon.
The filmmaker also explained, “These are two boys who lost their mother at a really early age… [The] fairytale is that they are closer than ever and need each other. And I think that’s probably true. But equally, they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, [they have] different wives – they are moving to different parts of the country [with] different duties.”
That same month, one Dickie Arbiter got interviewed by the US Weekly. The one-time press secretary to the Queen said something that contradicted a number of rumors that surrounded the royal brothers. He went on to say that this alleged feud was “all based on Harry and Meghan moving out of Kensington Palace to move into Windsor.”
Arbiter also added, “Harry has decided that he wants to set up his own office, which is fair enough. While he was single, he was living in his comfort zone with his brother and his sister-in-law. But now he’s married, he’s creating his own comfort zone with his wife, and it just makes sense. You can’t have a small staff running the offices of two people. Harry is now moving on and setting up his own office. Nothing unusual in that.”
Harry and Meghan became parents on May 6, 2019. That was the day they welcomed a baby boy called Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the family. A statement by the palace said that a bunch of members of the royal family, which includes Kate and William, had “been informed and [were] delighted with the news.”
A few days just after they introduced Archie into this born, Kate and William went to the King’s Cup Regatta and got asked about their nephew. William said that they felt “obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down.” In a joking tone, he added, “I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.”
If the media were to be believed, baby Archie seemed to have relieved all the grievances between the brothers. In June 2019, Entertainment Tonight spoke to Nicholls, who said, “It’s absolutely the case that the brothers did fall out. I was told by a very senior royal source that actually they weren’t talking to each other at one point. I certainly think now that Archie is here, it has probably really helped to improve the relationship. William is over the moon that his brother is a dad.”
It seems like there was nothing real about the rumors of bad blood between Kate and Meghan. Entertainment Tonight talked to Nicholls, who explained, “I hear that Kate has made herself available to Meghan if she needs advice, if she needs any help, and Kate said to her, ‘I’m here. I’m here for you.’” Yes, it looks like the media had been blowing things out of proportion.
Kate and William attended the christening of Archie in July. The month after this marked a sad occasion, which is the anniversary of Diana’s death. The media said that even though they had past arguments, William and Harry would always spend this day together in memory of their late mother.
Meghan And Harry’s Trip To Africa
The Prince and his beloved wife set out on a trip to Africa where they raised awareness for empowering the individuals in African nations for the right to education and for women’s rights as well as other rights. The Duke of Sussex was asked about his feud with brother Prince William and he was not shy of sharing his outlook on the situation.
In October, Prince Harry finally broke his silence about this alleged rift when a journalist called Tom Bradby interviewed him for an ITV documentary called Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. He asked the royal one tough question: “There’s been a lot of talk in the press about rifts with your brother – how much of that is true?”
Harry responded to his query by saying, “Part of this role, part of this job, this family, being under the pressure which it’s under – inevitably stuff happens. But we are brothers. We will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him… as I know he will always be there for me.”
Good And Bad
That was not all. Prince Harry added, “We don’t see each other as much as we used to, as we are so busy. But I love him dearly, and you know the majority of the stuff is probably – well, the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But as brothers, you have good days, and you have bad days.”
Brother’s Love Is Forever
This is a true tribute and display of just how much the pair know and value their relationship. It is not simply that Harry was trying to please the press but rather something we can all relate to, siblings arguing or disagreeing allows us to see a sense of realness in the royals. no matter what the pair are bonded and will surely reunite on the best of terms.
Of course, they also interviewed Meghan for this documentary. She revealed that she had not been coping well with her new life. Asked about dealing with the scrutiny, the duchess then said, “In all honesty, I have said for a long time to H – that is what I call him – it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.”
When the documentary went on the air, William was reportedly not happy about it. In the beginning, there were rumors that he was angry at what his brother said. However, the BBC reported that one Kensington Palace insider said that the older brother was feeling more “worried” instead. Meanwhile, the palace did not issue an official response to the contents of the interview.
Still, an anonymous source apparently explained to E! Online that there existed “a lot of bemusement within the royal family about what exactly Harry and Meghan are trying to achieve… [As] members of the royal family do not usually speak in such detail about personal matters.” They also added, “It’s fair to say that there is a deep sense of unease in the royal households about the direction this is all headed.”
Harry made some admissions in the doc that sparked a lot of rumors. At the beginning of November, a tip allegedly close to the royal family told the US Weekly, “There’s always been a part of Harry that felt like he was living in his brother’s shadow. He doesn’t envy the responsibility that comes with being the future king of England. But William’s the ‘golden boy,’ and Harry feels like he has a lot to live up to.”
Later that same month, another source was quoted by People: “There is a lot of hurt, and a lot of unresolved issues between the boys and no one to help mediate… Petty grievances can become huge conflicts between all the different royal offices if they aren’t managed correctly – and that’s exactly what’s happening now.”
At that point, there were rumors that Prince Charles was not doing much to improve things. New Idea magazine said, “Charles speaks to Meghan most weeks to see how she’s doing, [but] he rarely picks up the phone to call Kate.” Apparently, this reported favoritism was seemingly “rubbing William up the wrong way.”
As Christmas approached, it became apparent that Harry and Meghan were not planning to join in at the holiday festivities of the other royals at Sandringham. Instead, the couple planned to visit Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in Los Angeles. Was this normal or yet another sign that there really were feuds?
The truth is that Harry actually needed to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to leave for the States since royal Christmases are scheduled and full of protocols. She agreed to his request. The palace also issued a statement about this matter. It said, “This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
Well, one source talked to Closer Weekly and reported that William and Kate felt “relieved.” However, they did not feel this way for the reasons you might have in mind. William was not happy that he would not see Harry at Christmas. No, he was happy that he and Meghan would be able to get out of the public eye for some time.
In December, the daughter of the royal correspondent for Dickie and 9Honey spoke about the way the royal children would help solve any feuds. Victoria Arbiter explained, “Royal cousins have long shared very special relationships. I think the Cambridges are going to want their children to know Archie really well – and for them to develop the lovely warm relationships that Harry and William have with their cousins.”
Arbiter also explained that Meghan and Kate could help make things better as well. She said, “I think both Meghan and Kate, they are both girls that have a lot of good girlfriends – clearly girl relationships are important to them. They’re both nurturing, they’re caretakers [and] they’re warm people at their core.”
This royal expert also added, “And I would imagine, behind the scenes, both Meghan and Kate are sort of wanting to bash their husbands’ heads together and say, ‘Okay, let’s move past this now. Because we are such a force for good when we’re all working together.’ Kate and Meghan are probably trying to [instill] a little bit of common sense in the brothers – let’s put it that way.”
Of course, we still have yet to see what would be next for the relationship between the brothers. Maybe William plans to talk about this matter in the future, not unlike the way Harry did. However, there was nothing condemnatory at all about what the younger brother said. He was able to show that he did love William no matter what happens. We bet that no feud will ever rip these two siblings apart.
As the latest rumors appear to prove, the public just could not get enough of the relationship between the brothers. Despite their intentions, they both try to lead their lives as privately as they could and rarely give out interviews. In the past years, only certain tidbits have come out about what they are like when the camera is not on. But what happens next is a true testament of their bond…
A Statement From The Brothers
January of 2020 brought about a rarity, the brothers spoke up together, as the unit they are. They discredited all allegations of a feud or fight between them. As the statement read, “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.”
Out Of Proportion
The statement continued to say, “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 brothers were unhappy that it had escalated to such a level and did not appreciate the rumors being depicted as they were, clearly. Why did they let the speculations continue for so long?
The Happiness And Health Of Meghan And Harry
A source close to the royals disclosed that William and Harry are in contact. The source exclaimed that the brothers splitting houses improved situations tremendously, “The separate households that were created improved the relationship so they weren’t having to talk about business,” the source explained. “The brothers have different futures with very important institutional roles and that created a complicated relationship. Once the households separated, things improved.”
The Big Move
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will be spending half the year in Canada and half in the UK the world was taken by storm. The pair informally announced their decision to step back from royal duties and stepping down as senior royals. The pair are set to move to Vancouver Island where they spent the Christmas Holidays. They will be focused on charity work and other endeavors as they said, “After many months of reflection and internal discussion, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
Their New Home
The Royal’s new home is situated in Vancouver Island, Canada. The mansion boasts a seaside location with french interiors and aesthetics. Local nature trails, magnificent gardens as well as private beach access. However, this move sparked some bigger controversy amongst the royals.
Fending For Themselves
The Duke and Duchess have said that they aim to be fully financially independent as the statement read, “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.” This means they will no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant. William is said to be on board according to sources…
The Queen’s View
The Queen has approved the couple’s decision although she would have preferred for them to stay on board as full-time working royals. Her approval comes with the justification and reasoning behind the move. She is fully aware that changes will need to be made and thus, is embracing this form of modernity amongst the monarchy.
Ensuring Everything Is In Order
Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry met at Sandringham in order to get plans underway. The plan was referred to as Megxit by the press and paparazzi and was in motion almost instantly. Meghan had supposedly left even before Harry had smoothed things over with regards to their Royal duties. However, the finances and independence of the couple are another story.
The couple recently renovated their Frogmore cottage which cost a whopping $4.38 million. Their plan for financial independence means that they will now be aiming to pay British tax-payers back this money. The queen has requested that this be paid back due to the couple stepping down from royal duties. How they plan on doing this we have no idea.
Entertaining In Canada
Boasting a cottage on the outskirts of their new home, we are sure the couple will be hoasting brother William and his family soon after all the feud is over. As well as an outdoor area and multiple fireplaces for that family feel, warmth and a barbeque area for further entertainment. The $13.26 million mansion is said to be extremely homey and neighbors have already spotted the royals out and about exploring nature. However, maybe the move was to get even further away from his brother?
When Meghan And Harry Split From The Royal Foundation
Many believe that this is another attempt to live separated lives from his brother William, Meghan and Harry previously parted ways when it came to The Royal Foundation. The brothers and their wives aimed at separating fields and paths of charity work rather than working as a unit. A lot of change amongst the way the monarchy operates, that’s for sure. Now Harry and Meghan are taking a step back and aiming to focus more on charity, is there a connection?
Reasoning Behind This Major Move
Well, the move is not due to disagreements or separations between the brothers. rather the move is due to Harry’s concern for his wife’s safety. The press have been targetting Meghan and acting out of line with regards to their life, having a negative impact on her health and well-being. Thus, the step out of the public eye is Harry speaking up in support of his wife and her stability. The royal family, of course, backs their choice due to these reasons.
Baby Archie’s Title
Additionally, Meghan and William chose to have Archie not be granted a title just yet. The pair want Archie to have some sense of normalcy and choose whether he wants the title or not. For now, he is known as Master Archie and can be given the title of Prince in the future if he chooses so. this was not an attempt of any kind of favoritism, simply his parents’ choice.
This move and change hs been found necessary by Harry and Meghan for the safety of their family, upbringing of baby Archie as well as Meghan’s own safety. The family is not willing to let it go on any longer as well as jeopardize the safety of anyone. WIth modernity on the rise, not all royals are one-hundred-percent on board.
The pair have chosen to reside in Northern America as it is familiar to the both of them. Meghan lived close to Vancouver Island whilst shooting the hit series Suits. The surroundings are said to give the ex-royals more privacy and a relaxed setting where they can have some peace of mind, Meghan has already been involved in charity work visiting a nearby woman’s shelter to start off their new endeavors.
Prince Charles On The Matter
Prince Charles as discussed is a big fan of Meghan and is said to worry about her quite a great deal. Thus, he understands and stands in favor of the decision he wants his son to be happy and understands the stress and hype that the press can cause. It can often be dangerous. However, Prince Charles is standing staunch with regards to limitations and has warned the pair…
Prince Charles Warns Meghan And Harry
Prince Charles although supportive has supposedly made it extremely clear that although they have stepped away from the familial duties their name is still prevalent. The couple will still have to follow restrictions with regards to endorsements as a source close to the family stated, “There will be strict instructions on branding. For example, no one wants to see the Sussexes’ name on a tub of margarine.”
Resentment Is Not A Thing
Diana raised her sons well. She ensured before she passed that their bond was unbreakable. Harry does not resent that his brother will be King and him not. It is believed that the modernization and continuous change of the monarchy has left the family intact and with a strong bond. As we see decisions and changes being made unlike before- with the support of all royals.