From an outsider’s perspective, the two princes appear to have an unbreakable bond.
Raised with normal childhood experiences due to their mother, the late Princess Diana, the brothers were inseparable at times.
But the relationship of the heir and the spare fractured a once-tight relationship.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey revealed how the brother’s two different futures created tensions between William and Harry.
Mr Lacey claimed in his new book. Battle of Brother’s: William and Harry – the Friendship and the feuds: “These two brothers — once inseparable and now separated by much more than mere distance — have been acting out the contradictions that go back into their childhoods and even before that: into their parents’ ill-fated marriage,”
“We have seen conflicts between the heir and spare in every recent generation of the royal family — but nothing so profound as this,” he added.
Royal experts and researchers have all waded in on how the brothers began feuding.
Journalist Jeremy Paxman suggests that William is jealous of Harry for the freedom ‘the spare’ can have.
Recalling a conversation with Princess Diana, the Ex-Newsnight presenter revealed in a Channel 5 series about the royals, how the princes’ viewed the idea of being king.
He said: “We talked about our children and she said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be king, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it’!
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It’s a lifestyle that Harry has made for himself, with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
After stepping down as senior royals in March, Harry and Meghan have enjoyed the quieter life that William reportedly craves.
Reports suggest, in 2016, the relationship between Harry and William deteriorated after the Duke of Sussex introduced Meghan to his family.
It is believed that the eldest brother was unhappy with the speed and intensity of the relationship.
At the time, William reached out to his younger brother to air on the side of caution.
According to the Daily Mail: “Harry went mental and accused his brother of trying to finish their relationship before it had started.”
A source told The Sun that tensions heightened following Meghan’s feud with her estranged father.
The Duke of Cambridge could not understand why the Duchess had cut her father off.
The source revealed: “The Duke of Cambridge reportedly couldn’t understand ignoring a parent, whatever they’d done, having lost his mum at such a young age,”
It appears the brothers are on much better terms now following previous rifts.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, royal expert Katie Nicholl said: “I know that William and Harry are in touch on the phone,”
“They have done video calls together, they have done a lot of family birthdays and I think with Prince Charles not being well, that really forced the brothers to pick up the phone and get back in touch.”