Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are rarely out of the headlines, but over the last few months the news has been centred around the rumoured tension between the new parents and Prince William and his wife Catherine.
And reportedly, Prince William and his brother Harry are facing cracks in their relationship as a result of Harry’s protectiveness over Meghan.
When Prince Harry first introduced Meghan to his brother at Kensington Palace, the Duke of Cambridge apparently expressed concern that their relationship was moving too quickly.
Royal expert Katie Nicholls explained in the Channel 5 show Kate v. Meghan: Princesses at War?, “William was quite concerned that the relationship had moved so quickly,
“And being close to Harry, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘This seems to be moving quickly, are you sure?'”
And reportedly, the Duke of Cambridge’s well-meaning concern marked the first crack in the brother’s relationship.
Katie continued, “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.”
It’s likely only natural that Harry would want to protect his wife – and that William would want to protect his younger brother. While the rumours of the feud continue to swirl, we reckon it’s proof that normal tensions and arguments happen even in the royal family – just like in every other family!
Another report however has also suggested that the root of Harry’s alleged issues with his brother stems from difficult feelings about his mother, Princess Diana’s, death.
According to royal reporter Emily Andrews, writing for The Sun, the Duke of Sussex is very protective of wife Meghan – defending her fiercely when any sort of criticism comes up.
One royal courtier reportedly revealed that Harry is so defensive of Meghan because he feels he couldn’t protect his mum Princess Diana, and so wants to try to do so with his wife.
They said, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife. This is his way of atoning.
“He will brook absolutely no criticism of Meghan — and he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”
Of course, Princess Diana was hounded by paparazzi for her entire life as a royal, and eventually died in a car crash after being chased by photographers in Paris. So it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s a sensitive issue for Harry.