Prince William and Prince Harry, once inseparable siblings who jointly navigated through their parents’ tumultuous separation and the tragic loss of their mother, now face a relationship marked by distance and tears. The two brothers, whose bond once seemed unbreakable, now find their connection strained in a tide of emotions and changing circumstances.
The two brothers now lead separate lives, with Harry residing across the Atlantic. Many attribute the rift’s escalation to difficulties Meghan Markle, Harry’s wife, faced in adjusting to royal life.
As reported by Mirror, In the new Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan”, the couple addresses the tensions with William, highlighting an incident that deeply upset them both.
Harry expresses dismay over a joint palace statement released without his consent, dismissing claims of bullying. He says this incident deepened the divide between the brothers, conveying his hurt that the institution protected William but didn’t stand up for him and Meghan over three years.
Contrasting this, visuals from their younger days and various newspaper headlines highlight the brothers’ bond and subsequent fallout.
Harry states that part of William’s allegiance to the institution is due to its being his inheritance and his responsibility. Recounting a particular incident, Harry shared that upon learning about a joint statement denying claims that William pushed them out, Meghan was inconsolable.
This public recounting has led royal experts to comment on the potential damage to the monarchy’s familial image. Historian Dr. Ed Owens, speaking on the “Pod Save The King” podcast, mentions that the Sussexes’ public revelations harm the perception of the royals representing an ideal British family.
He suggests the monarchy might need to reconsider its image as a united family. Dr. Owens notes that the original vision for King Charles III’s reign involved a close-knit trio, including both his sons. However, the Sussexes’ departure from Britain and their subsequent revelations have dented this vision.