Prince Harry and Prince William Drifting Apart: Was It Always Destined?

Princes William and Harry have always been really close, especially because they went through the tragic passing of their mother in their early teen years. Even when Prince William started dating Kate Middleton, they were seen together quite often. However, it seems that they might not be that tight anymore, and many people saw it coming. Was it inevitable? Let’s find out!

YOUNG BEST FRIENDS

Prince William was 15 years old while Prince Harry was 12 when their mother lost her life in that horrible accident in Paris in 1997. Naturally, the brothers grew even closer as they supported each other through the pain and the mourning process. As they grew up, everyone could tell that their bond was almost unbreakable.

They spent a lot of time together while still engaging in their own things. They were always seen laughing and exchanging funny quips. In 2011, Prince William named his little brother as the best man for his wedding to Kate Middleton. Obviously, Prince Harry did the same in 2018 when he walked down the aisle to marry Meghan Markle.

The royal family has always been ridden in rumors and scandalous reports, but fans knew that nothing would come between William and Harry’s friendship. Sadly, that is not always the case and starting a family can often lead to distance.

WHEN DID THEY START TO DRIFT APART?

No one can maintain appearances like the royal family, and everything seemed wonderfully cheery in the palace for a long time. Unfortunately, it was later revealed that when Harry and Meghan first started seeing each other, Prince William warned him not to move too fast with her. Harry did not like his comments as he was so in love with his future wife already.

Everyone wants to be independent when it comes to their love life. Sometimes, it is hard to see when someone has your best interest in mind. However, Harry knew that Markle was different from any other woman he had ever dated and wanted his closest family member to support their relationship. But, it makes sense that William was hesitant about the whole thing.

After all, Meghan was an actress and a divorcée. Therefore, she was not viewed as a suitable partner for a prince. Prince William might have suspected that maybe their relationship could not be taken further than just dating and wanted to spare his little brother from any pain. In other circumstances, Prince Harry probably would have listened to William and might not have been allowed to marry Meghan. 

WHAT MADE THEIR BOND WORSE?

The entire world was ecstatic to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking down the aisle. Everyone tuned in to see the wedding. It felt like fans of the royal family could finally close a chapter of their lives as both children of the Princess of Wales, the People’s Princess, were getting their happy endings and starting families.

For years, the public had to see Prince Harry going through a horrible phase. He rebelled in his youth, and despite the time, the young prince can still remember the tragedy vividly.

“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today,”

The prince said in the interview with Newsweek. He smoked and drank too much as well, as he hanged out with bad influences. He was once photographed naked in a 2012 party in Las Vegas. He was a PR nightmare for the royal family and the most eligible bachelor in the world. Fortunately, Harry has grown up since then, but there were times when he wanted to be anything but a prince.

“I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh.”

He especially likes how his mother taught him to live an ordinary life, and that might be why he was so attracted to the American, fitness-minded Meghan Markle. As they walked outside of the church in May 2018, people could only cheer and smile at them. However, the happiness of his new wife also came with a distance between himself and his close brother.

They started attending most formal events separately, and if they were together, the public noticed that they were not joking and laughing as they always did before.

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WAS THIS DESTINED TO HAPPEN?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three kids, while Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child anytime soon. It is only natural that starting their own families leads to a bit of distance between siblings. Nothing might be wrong with them, and the rumors of a royal feud might just be gossip. They could still be just as close as they always were.

But, times have changed, and their sibling relationship is different. They have responsibilities, their own royal duties, and their separate families to watch out for. Priorities can change, and even royal people drift apart. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved to Frogmore Cottage, which is about 40 miles away from Kensington Palace.

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They might not see each other as often as they did, and Prince Harry will soon experience fatherhood. This could bond the brothers deeper than ever, despite the distance. But, it does not mean that there is anything wrong between them. It is just part of life. Their family grows larger, and fans are looking forward to seeing their children playing around together in the future.

 Sometimes, even the slightest frown on their faces can fuel rumors. Let us know what you think of the speculation regarding their relationship. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have prayed for their happiness since Diana’s passing. See you next time!

Source: Cheat Sheet, Daily Telegraph, Newsweek,

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