Prince Harry's relationship with his brother is so broken that Prince William reportedly has not returned his calls for months. Harry's family said he was "oversensitive."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made history in January 2020 when they announced they would step down as senior members of the British royal family. Now, they live in the U.S. with their two children.
Unfortunately, that decision hurt Harry's relationship with his brother, Prince William, who supposedly ignores Harry's calls. William and his father, Prince Charles, told Harry he was "oversensitive" about the alleged comments regarding his children's skin color.
Prince Harry on January 16, 2020 in London, England [left]. Prince Charles on August 15, 2020 in Alrewas, England [right] | Photo: Getty Images
WHY MOVE TO THE U.S.?
After Harry and Meghan stepped back from royal duties, they lived in Canada and Tyler Perry's California home for a while. Eventually, they bought a place in Santa Barbara and moved in with their son Archie and daughter Lilibet.
With so many European options, people have wondered why the couple chose the U.S. to live, thousands of miles away from Harry's family in the U.K.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images
The first logical explanation is Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland. She lives in California, so Archie and Lilibet can now spend more time with their maternal grandmother. The kids are expected to visit their British family regularly, though.
Another possible explanation is Harry's mom, Princess Diana. Diana's former butler Paul Burrell said she wanted to move to the States and take her sons there for a few weeks every year to give them access to a different culture.
Diana, Princess of Wales in Cologne, Germany in November 1987 | Photo: Getty Images
Diana supposedly was in the process of buying a house in Malibu, California, when she died. Harry and Meghan's property is only one hour away from Malibu, so it is easy to assume that Diana's wish to live in North America influenced Harry.
He admitted he felt different after leaving the U.K. In the States, he's had the chance to walk around feeling freer, something he couldn't have done in the U.K.
"I know how this operation runs and how it works. I don't want to be part of this."
HARRY DIDN'T WANT TO BE PART OF THE "BUSINESS MODEL"
After Harry broke free from his family, he was very candid about his experience. In an interview with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman on "Armchair Expert," he compared his life to "The Truman Show," where the main character doesn't know he lives on a T.V. show.
Being born into the Royal family means you inherit "every element of it without choice," including the sense of ownership the U.K. media feels over you and the "genetic pain."
Although Harry didn't blame anybody, he said he dealt with "some form of pain" because of the negative experiences his parents experienced. He didn't want his kids to go through that, so he's focused on breaking the cycle.
Harry also realized he didn't want to be an active Royal family member in his early 20s. After what happened to Diana, he was sure he could not settle down or have a family. He said:
"I've seen behind the curtain; I've seen the business model. I know how this operation runs and how it works. I don't want to be part of this."
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa | Photo: Getty Images
ALLEGED COMMENTS ABOUT HIS CHILDREN'S SKIN COLOR SPARKED TENSION
Those might not be the only reasons why Harry and Meghan left the U.K. Author Christopher Andersen wrote in "Brothers and Wives" that Charles questioned the "complexion" of his son's children.
According to Andersen, Charles asked his wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, what Harry and Meghan's kids would look like when the couple announced their engagement.
Camilla was surprised by Charles's question, but she replied they would be "absolutely gorgeous." Charles then clarified that he meant their "hair color, eye color, complexion," Andersen claimed.
A spokesperson for Charles eventually described what Andersen wrote in his book as "fiction not worth further comment." However, Harry and Meghan famously accused a "senior royal" of racism during their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
WILLIAM IGNORING HARRY'S CALLS
Andersen also shared information about Harry and William's strained relationship. Harry supposedly confronted Charles and William about the alleged racist comments, and William stood by their dad.
They reportedly told Harry he was "overreacting" and being "oversensitive" about Charles's comments because they were not racially motivated. They asked him to move on, but it just added fuel to their already-tense relationship.
[Harry and Charles] have had many opportunities to work things out, but they didn't go well.
William said their family was not racist. He supposedly supports Charles and believes he is an underestimated historical figure, so it is "Charles and William versus Harry and Meghan."
The British author added that William had not returned Harry's calls for months. Harry's relationship with Charles is tense, too, as they have not spoken at all.
Prince William and Prince Harry on April 25, 2018 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Andersen pointed out that Harry and Meghan didn't hear the truth but a version "stirred up by the people pulling the strings behind the scenes." The so-called "men in gray" supposedly run the show, and nobody knows anything about them.
Andersen finally said he didn't think Harry and Charles's relationship would improve soon. They have had many opportunities to work things out, but they didn't go well.
Following Philip's funeral in April 2021, Harry, Charles, and William got together to discuss their issues but failed to reach an agreement. Harry and Meghan got together again in July 2021 to unveil Diana's statue, but something similar happened.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. | Getty Images
LILIBET'S FIRST PHOTO
Lilibet Diana was born on June 4, 2021, but Harry and Meghan waited six months to share the first photo of their daughter in their family holiday card.
Harry put on a light blue shirt; Archie wore a white shirt; Meghan opted for a long-sleeved, dark blue shirt; and Lilibet was dressed in a white dress. They were all smiling and looking at Lilibet.
Their favorite photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who also shot their engagement pics and family portraits at their wedding, captured the images at the couple's California home.
The family shared the stunning picture through Team Rubicon, a disaster response NGO Harry and Meghan have supported. They accompanied the photos with a message about how Archie made them parents, but Lilibet made them a family.
Meghan and Harry added that they made donations to different charities, including Team Rubicon, Welcome.US, Human First Coalition, and Humanity Crew. Way to go!