As the princes ‘officially split’, there are now fears that their once-close relationship is irreparable...
The idea of Prince William and Prince Harry falling out would surely be one of their mother, Princess Diana’s, biggest fears.
But, with the late princess’ 58th birthday fast approaching, it seems that’s exactly what’s happened, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have split from the Royal Foundation, the charity they once shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal expert Emily Andrews has claimed that Harry and William’s relationship has become so fraught, they didn’t see each other in private for six months after Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Now the inner royal circle are fearing the worst – that the spat could lead to a permanent divide, even damaging the future of the monarchy.
A source revealed, “There is a very real fear that if the princes do not repair their relationship, it may reach a point where it is too late… It is the last thing their mother would have wanted.”
So where did it all go wrong for the brothers?
Speculation over Harry and William’s rift reached new heights in March when the Queen granted permission for them to split their royal households permanently.
This meant the Sussexes moved out of Kensington Palace and into Windsor Castle, based their official household office at Buckingham Palace and introduced separate communications teams.
The next month saw the couple launch their own Instagram account with the handle ‘Sussex Royal’, having previously shared the Kensington Palace one with Kate and William.
And now Harry and Meghan are splitting from the Royal Foundation charity, which Harry set up with William in 2009, and Meghan officially joined after her and Harry’s wedding in May 2018.
A source said, “Certainly the animosity over status, money and Meghan meant that the split in their joint households had to be brought forward more quickly than anticipated. Meghan and Harry want to do things differently to William and Kate.”
Harry and Meghan’s relationship moved quickly, marrying less than two years after they first met in July 2016.
William – who waited nine years to marry Kate – was wary of the whirlwind relationship, and royal biographer Katie Nicholl has claimed this is where the brothers’ feud started.
She says, “William voiced concerns that things were moving too quickly. I was told when Harry first brought Meghan back to the palace, he was desperate for Kate’s approval… I don’t think it ever crossed his mind that he wouldn’t get it unconditionally from his brother. I think Harry felt that he didn’t have the backing from the one person he really wanted it from.”
Banished to Botswana?
Harry and Meghan have arguably broken royal protocol on a number of occasions, and there are apparent plans in place to post them abroad to the place that they fell in love – Botswana. Reports suggest that this could be a way to ‘rein them in’.
Sources have also claimed the plan was created by William as a way of creating some distance between them. Perhaps the old saying absence makes the heart grow fonder is behind the idea?
Easter Sunday squabbling
William and Harry did nothing to quash rumours of a feud when they arrived separately to St George’s Chapel for the annual Easter Sunday service instead of walking together.
Harry walked with his cousin, Zara Tindall, and her husband, Mike, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked some way behind them.
The princes also chose not to sit together during the service and exited separately. At one point, Harry was seen chatting with Kate and William, but was said to have avoided sitting, talking with and looking at them during the church service.
Let’s hope that with some space, the pair can get back their brotherly bond, and their relationship isn’t beyond repair.