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William & Harry's Kids Kept Apart during Jubilee – Cambridges Snubbed Invitation to Lili's B-Day, Reports Claim

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 10, 2022
06:45 A.M.
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Prince William and Prince Harry attended some events at the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, but their children never mixed. William and his wife failed to participate in a special event for one of Harry's children that weekend.

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Attending the four-day Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations from June 2 to 5, 2022, was the first official visit by Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, to a royal ceremony. The couple stepped back from their senior royal roles in 2020.

It marked the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in the UK together for a royal engagement since relocating to the US from the UK in 2020. This visit was even more special because they brought along their children.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in London, on June 3, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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The couple's son, Archie, was born in 2019 in the UK while his parents lived there. While his younger sister and only other sibling, Lilibet, was welcomed in 2021 in the US and had never met the Queen until that visit.

Harry's older brother, Prince William, also attended the Jubilee celebrations with his wife, Duchess Kate, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. However, the Sussexes and Cambridges kept their distance from each other at the event.

The two families pretty much ignored one another. The alleged rift between Harry and William seems to be filtering down to their wives and their innocent children, while the former used to have a great relationship with the latter's offspring.

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THE BOND HARRY ONCE HAD WITH THE CAMBRIDGE CHILDREN

Duchess Catherine, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince Harry, and Prince William on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour on June 11, 2016, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

According to reports, the Duke of Sussex used to be close to his older brother's children. Royally Us has since revealed that Harry especially missed Charlotte since he started living in the US.

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The little girl allegedly saw her uncle as "one of her role models." The trio was also quite fond of Harry as he was of them, and when he lived close to them in the UK, he allegedly used to treat them with lavish gifts.

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It seemed William and Kate were set to build a similar bond with Archie when he still lived in the UK. On May 7, 2019, the Duke of Cambridge gave an interview after the little boy's birth and shared:

"[We're] absolutely thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and looking forward to seeing him in the next few days when he's quietened down."

William even joked that he was pleased to welcome his brother to "the sleep deprivation society that is parenting!" However, all possibilities of building stronger bonds were shattered soon enough.

WHAT BUILT THE RIFT BETWEEN HARRY AND WILLIAM AND ITS EFFECT ON THEIR KIDS

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Harry stepping down from his royal role and then relocating to the US made the rift between him and William deeper. However, their feud probably solidified when the Sussexes had a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.

Among other things, Harry revealed that he loved his brother and that they'd "been to hell together," however, they were "on different paths." Meghan's husband described the relationship as "space[d]" but hoped time would heal things for them.

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According to reports, William was devastated by the interview and his brother's claims. Another thing mentioned during the interview by Meghan was how the Royal Family came off as racist in some of their approaches.

William found himself needing to defend the Royal Family by publicly declaring, "We're very much not a racist family." The younger royal still missed the three Cambridge children despite the rift between him and his brother.

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Sadly, his son, Archie, also never got to build a childhood bond with his cousins because he was so young when he left. However, a royal expert felt it wasn't an issue as Archie would have many friends and could form a "stronger relationship" with his cousins when they were older.

However, parenting expert Jo Austin said the Sussex and Cambridge children could bond if their parents played their parts. Austin felt Lilibet and Archie could build the "same bonds" with their cousins if their parents remained "close and on good terms."

Austin said it was easier to keep in touch with family now than when she began working 30 years ago. She shared how Zoom and FaceTime made it possible for the Sussex and Cambridge couples to stay in touch.

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WILLIAM AND HARRY'S FAILED ATTEMPT AT RE-BUILDING THEIR BOND

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Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee, Harry and William were allegedly trying to heal their rift by sending each other weekly online messages. Reports revealed that they also spoke face-to-face during chats.

Sources claimed the feuding pair were back to being their "old buddy terms" after William reached out to his brother to make amends. Every few days, the two siblings would message each other on WhatsApp.

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They also allegedly allowed their children to have FaceTime calls regularly. However, things appeared to reset when Harry and William met up at the Jubilee, where the Cambridges didn't talk to the Sussexes.

The source claimed [Prince] William was still wary of spending time alone with his brother [Prince Harry] because he was worried about what would be reported back to the public.

While at the Jubilee's Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral, Harry's father, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla, seemed to avoid not talking to Meghan and her husband, and they all sat separately in twos.

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According to Page Six, Harry and his wife even tried extending an olive branch to the Cambridges by inviting them to Lilibet's first birthday party. The event was held over the Jubilee's celebrations on June 4, 2022.

It was held at the couple's UK home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor. Sadly, the Cambridges didn't attend; instead, William, his wife, and their three children were seen in Wales participating in Jubilee celebrations.

Prince Harry and Prince William during the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace, on July 1, 2021, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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A royal insider noted how "Things are still fraught" between the brothers. The source claimed William was still wary of spending time alone with his brother because he was worried about what would be reported back to the public.

On the last day of the Jubilee, the Sussexes flew back to California, and it was reported that Harry was left feeling "extremely unhappy with the situation." Time will tell what happens next with the rift between the siblings.

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