Like all siblings Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex have not been without their disagreements over the years. The royal brothers are said to share a close bond but the strength of their friendship has been tested over the years – most recently when the Duke of Sussex married American-born former actor Meghan Markle. The Duke of Cambridge was said to have warned his brother against rushing into tying the knot with the former Hollywood star – something that did not go down well, it is understood.
In October 2019 Prince Harry publicly addressed claims of a feud between him and Prince William during an ITV documentary with journalist and friend of the Duke, Tom Bradby.
The Duke of Cambridge watched on with shock and horror as his brother detailed intimate details of their relationship and questioned what to do about it, claimed royal expert Rebecca English in a new Channel 5 documentary.
She said: “I know William watched this interview with a mixture of shock and horror.
“Harry was publicly airing their dirty linen. I know he debated long and hard about what to do.”
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The interview, given during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to South Africa, added to the claims of a growing rift between the brothers.
Of his rocky relationship with Prince William, Prince Harry admitted they had their differences.
He said: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers.
“We are certainly on different paths at the moment.
In departing from the Royal Family and moving to the US with Meghan, Prince Harry may have failed in his duty to observe an “unwritten code” to “share the burden of the monarchy”, a royal expert has suggested.
Royal author Andrew Morton suggested the Duke of Sussex has a role to support his brother as Prince William readies for the throne.
He said: “The job of the royal child with an elder brother or sister is to be supportive.
“So the Prince of Wales, later the Duke of Windsor, was always supported by his sister and his three brothers.
“Elizabeth, now the Queen, was always supported by Princess Margaret.
“There is a kind of unwritten code inside the Royal Family that your job as a sibling is to help share the burden of the monarchy.”