Prince Harry And Prince William Are Reportedly Growing Farther And Farther Apart In Their Relationships
Prince William and Prince Harry always seemed to have a tight bond growing up. However, in recent years, it seems like the royal brothers are becoming more and more distant. Going from a relationship that was once super-close, the media is now clouded with reports suspecting ongoing feuds between the princes. And, with their official household split, plus Harry and Meghan’s big move, royal fans are growing increasingly concerned that something is up.
It’s a normal part of life for people to become distant once they enter certain stages in their lives. With the Duke of Cambridge currently preparing for his future roles within the royal family and the Duke of Sussex getting used to his new life as a husband and father, both princes have a lot on their plate. Because of this, William and Harry have grown farther apart in their duties - and, it seems, in their relationship as well. But were they also this close? Let's talk about their relationship growing up first.
Prince Harry was slightly resentful of his older brother
Although for many years the two brothers enjoyed a close relationship with each other, one royal author revealed that things between them weren’t always that great. Apparently, a young Prince Harry felt “left out” and “upset” fairly often when he and William were growing up.
This was because Harry was “acutely aware of his position” of being third-in-line to the throne behind his older brother, and would often be “upset” that William received “more attention” from the Queen Mother.
Katie Nicholl reported in her book, “Harry: Life, Loss and Love,” how Simone Simmons, Princess Diana’s close friend, revealed the truth about Prince Harry’s experience growing up. Simmons reportedly said,
“I remember Harry complaining that when he and William were with the Queen Mother, that William was always the centre of attention.
William would be sitting next to the Queen Mother in a drawing room that dwarfed the pair of them, and Harry would be sitting at a distance from them keeping himself entertained.
He was particularly upset when, on one occasion, the butler brought sandwiches just for her and William.”
Nicholl also reported that Prince William would often make trips to visit the Queen Mother without his little brother:
“When they were little William would often be invited to Clarence House to see his great-grandmother without Harry. “‘I’m off to see Gran Gran,’ he would announce, leaving Harry to play alone in the nursery.”
The author also claims that Diana was perfectly aware of how Prince Harry was feeling and “doted on him.” She wrote, “Diana adored him, feeling especially protective towards Harry, given his position as the spare.”
Prince William and Prince Harry: Their Current Relationship
Prince William’s schedule is currently packed with preparation for his Prince of Wales position, which is why his royal duties are totally different compared to Prince Harry’s. And in addition to on-going rumors of feuds developing between the two, their bond seems to be fading even more. Some reports claimed that their distance has reached the point where they didn’t even speak to one another during Easter service.
“William and Kate are completely in transition as he prepares to take over as the Prince of Wales. Their life together is all about preparing to be in charge, which is a significant reason for the wall between them and Harry and Meghan.”
If we take a look back, most of the rumors started developing sometime last year, and this is where fans seemed to notice some changes. And, rather than improving with time, people are starting to believe that the dynamic of their relationship is going to continue changing. Below we’ve listed a couple of ways things have already changed for the brothers, how they might change even more in the future, and what will happen once William becomes Prince of Wales.
Prince William and Prince Harry now have separate households
This was one of the changes that rocked the media. After officially announcing that Prince William and Prince Harry will be separating royal households, the press instantly began speculating that something went wrong. Fans have also become suspicious that the two royals might be going through some serious problems within their relationship if they couldn’t even share a household any longer.
However, their household separation might just be due to their different leadership roles. Both of the prince’s roles will be changing dramatically in the future, so it kind of makes sense for them to separate, considering they’ll be going down different paths.
William and Harry are not neighbors any longer
Both of the princes grew up with each other, side by side, residing in Kensington Palace. They continued to live together well into their adulthood, too, but times are changing - the brothers won’t be neighbors any longer. With baby Archie’s arrival, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the decision to pack up and move away from the cottage grounds of Kensington Palace, to their new country, Frogmore Cottage.
Because Frogmore Cottage is pretty far away in Windsor, Meghan and Harry had to figure out where to stay when attending functions in London. Even though they had the option to stay in an apartment in Kensington Palace, the couple opted to stay at Buckingham Palace instead.
Both of the prince’s royal duties have become very separate
The only thing that William and Harry do together now is work on their partnership in numerous mental health initiatives. Aside from that, the brothers don’t work together anymore on an official capacity. Of course, we’ll see them attending family gatherings and services in order to mark important events, such as Remembrance Day. However, we won’t be seeing them come together to royal engagements for business, other than for family obligations.
The royal brothers are apparently feuding
It’s impossible to say how true the feud allegations really are, and why they even started. Some are speculating that the fighting started over Prince William’s concerns over Harry and Meghan Markle’s seemingly whirlwind relationship. At the start of their relationship, William very obviously saw that things were serious, but he was concerned that they were moving too fast. This led to an unpleasant confrontation. Andrews told Yahoo’s The Royal Box:
“Harry does wear his heart on his sleeve, and got very defensive of Meghan and took it completely the wrong way. He said to William something along the lines of ‘You are trying to destroy this relationship before it has even started.’”
Some, on the other hand, believe it started because of Prince William’s rumored affair with Kate Middleton’s best friend, Rose Hanbury. Despite the reason, there is reportedly lots of tension between them.
The distance between Prince William and Prince Harry will only keep growing
Unfortunately for those who hoped the brothers would mend their relationship to what it was before, the distance between them is more than likely to grow. At one point, things became extremely hostile between the brothers.
According to a royal expert, William and Harry “didn't see Kate and William personally for six months and they live on the same site at Kensington Palace." Although there could be a list of reasons why the two royal couples didn’t end up crossing paths for six months, it seems very unlikely that they were able to avoid each other for that long.
With Prince William increasingly focusing his attention on his upcoming prominent royal within the family, the brothers will continue to drift apart. Their roles in the royal family are just becoming too different.
In addition to their different roles, rumors have spread that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be potentially moving to Africa. If this turns out to be true, the brothers will be separated not only by their royal duties but by countries as well.
Meghan Markle tried to mend things between the brothers
Although Meghan’s been painted as the villain in these situations, the royal expert added that the Duchess supposedly tried to mend the relationship between the two princes. “Somebody told me it was actually Meghan who had tried to make peace between Harry and William,” says Andrews.
Who knows - Prince William and Prince Harry might share a close bond privately that we’re all unaware of. Besides, the royals have always been tight-lipped about their relationships, and we all know that gossip and rumors can be a nasty thing. What do you guys think? Is there truly something going on between the royal brothers? Or is the distance between them part of a normal stage in life? Comment your thoughts below! And make sure to check out our related articles about the royals for the latest updates.