Prince William and Prince Harry
After speculation that Kate and Meghan did not get along died down, new reports surfaced that the brothers were actually the ones at odds. In March 2019, longtime royal filmmaker Nick Bullen claimed that William and Harry had a “rift” between them. “All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public,” Bullen said at the time. “I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys. These are two boys who lost their mother [Princess Diana] at a really early age, and 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, different wives. They are moving to different parts of the country, different duties.”
Feud speculation was fueled after Harry arrived for Easter services in April 2019 separately from William and Kate. While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not interact with Harry outside of St George’s Chapel, a video of the royal family members happily chatting inside the church later surfaced. (Meghan, who was nine months pregnant at the time, did not attend the holiday services.)
Harry confirmed their rift in the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in October 2019. “Inevitably stuff happens,” he said. “But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I’ll always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.”
The brothers’ relationship made headlines again in January 2020 after Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step back from their senior royal duties. According to an insider, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “blindsided” by the announcement.
“William is incredibly hurt, but at the same time he has his own family to focus on and is trying to move forward with his life,” the source said.
Another insider revealed that William feels “let down” by Harry’s “‘reckless’” and “selfish’” actions.
One year after Harry and Meghan’s royal exit, a source told Us that things between the brothers were on the mend. However, after news broke that the couple made their decision to leave the U.K. permanent — and Harry and Meghan were set to do a sit-down interview on CBS — an insider told Us that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren’t happy.
“It’s just beyond the pale for William and Kate, especially in light of the dreadful timing with [Prince] Philip in the hospital,” the insider said in February 2021, referring to the 99-year-old prince being admitted to the hospital for an infection. “They are utterly aghast.”
During the aforementioned CBS sit-down, Harry gave an update on his relationship with William. “I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths,” he said in March 2021. “The relationship is space at the moment, and time heals all things, hopefully.”Back to top