The royal brothers’ relationship has allegedly been strained for quite some time, with Harry first addressing the gossip back in October 2019. “Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers; we’ll always be brothers,” Harry said in a documentary. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”
However, their tense relationship apparently continued until Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced in January 2020 they were stepping down from their senior royal duties and moving to Canada. “They didn’t leave on good terms by any means, but they are both relieved that it’s over,” a source told People in February. Sources also told the publication that the brothers were working on it by “talking more” over the phone.
Then, they reunited in England earlier this month, and we all saw how that turned out.
Since Harry returned to Canada, sources with The Daily Mail have reported that the rift between the brothers is “worse than ever.”
According to those sources, William is “insulted” by how Harry and Meghan have “implied criticisms of the royal family.” On the other hand, Harry is apparently “profoundly unhappy” and feels “he has been cut adrift by his own relatives.” Furthermore, he reportedly believes Meghan “was not made sufficiently welcome.”
Back in March of 2019, royals expert, Katie Nicholl attempted to break down Kate Middleton and Meghan’s relationship—which has faced similar feud rumors—to Glamour. “They quite quickly realized they were two pretty mature women—quite different women—and really the only thing they had in common was they’d married princes,” Nicholl said. “Not just Prince Harry, I think probably the world wanted them to become best friends.”
At the time, Nicholl went on to address the emotional distance between the two brothers. “I do think there is some truth to there having been some tension—not just between the duchesses but between the dukes, as well,” she said.
Luckily, the group will have another chance to come together sooner than we may have thought. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly accepted an invitation to spend the summer with the queen at her Balmoral estate. Perhaps the brothers and sisters-in-law will be able to make peace then.