Prince Harry and William have always been tight, but their relationship has been troubled since the Duke of Sussex decided to resign from his royal duties. But what will it take for the royal brothers to be on speaking terms again?
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step down from their royal duties, a lot of curiosity surrounded the issue. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex soon broke their silence in the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
The interview with Winfrey caused an internet frenzy; it even had the most google searches in history. The couple revealed the difficulties they have had to face in the media since their relationship was public, how that influenced the reason to exclude themselves from the royal duties, and the chaos it has caused in the royal family.
Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle on their 16 day Autumn tour. | Source: Getty Images
When Harry confided in his family about his royal exit, he did not receive much support. The Duke of Sussex told Winfrey that his family cut him off financially, and he had to resort to the money his mother, Princess Diana, had left him to afford security for his family.
The Sussex family appeared to support and celebrate the monarch, but their absence was very apparent amongst the senior royals.
Since the sit-down with the talk show mogul, William and Harry have not been on the best terms. When Harry was asked about his brother, he expressed how much he loves his sibling and appreciates the challenges they have overcome together, but at the moment, they are leading different lives.
Prince Harry and Prince William in London 2016. | Source: Getty Images
However, Winfrey did not let the issue slide very quickly; she went back and questioned Harry further about his brother until he admitted;
"The relationship is space... at the moment. Time heals all things, hopefully."
One of the issues from the interview that flooded the media headlines was the race allegations. Markle mentioned to Winfrey that there were concerns about her son Archie's skin tone, but the Duchess of Sussex deflected from making any racist assumptions.
Duchess Of Sussex Meghan in Australia 2016. | Source: Getty Images
Nonetheless, the second in line to the throne, Prince William, was not happy about the remarks made by the Sussex family. William spoke out after the interview and publicly defended his family during his visit to a school in London.
He told reporters: "We're very much not a racist family," The Duke of Cambridge also emphasized that he would be having a word with his brother about the matter.
KATE MIDDLETON TRIES TO BE A PEACEMAKER
Kate Middleton in Wiltshire England 2006. | Source: Getty Images
The thick tension between William and Harry has led to Kate Middleton involving herself to try to salvage what is left of the brotherly relationship. The Duchess of Cambridge hopes the two can find a middle ground again. US Weekly reported that despite what had happened, Middleton could see her husband struggling with the loss of Harry.
However, her efforts to get William and the former military pilot to reach out to each other have failed. Reports state that Middleton spoke to the brothers separately and even suggested reaching out to Harry for his birthday to her husband, but she could not win. The situation still needs to be adequately untangled.
Prince Harry and Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2018. | Source: Getty Images
Prince Harry has been vocal about the emotional battle he had after the passing of his mother. Princess Diana died in a car accident when the Duke of Sussex was only 12 years old, and he admitted that the healing process was complicated.
The void of losing a parent is not easy to fill, but Harry appreciated the presence of his sister-in-law. When Middleton got introduced to the family, the former military pilot referred to her as "the sister he never had" and shared that her support was able to fill in the gap of his mom.
Princess Diana in Canada 1986. | Source: Getty Images
The royal brothers have seen each other several times since the explosive interview with Winfrey. However, they were last seen publicly at the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The Sussex family appeared to support and celebrate the monarch, but their absence was very apparent amongst the senior royals.
The former "Suits" actress and her family did not join senior royals on the balcony. They watched the ceremony from the general section with the rest of the crowd. A photo posted on Instagram by the Royal family included the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Cambridges, and their three children, but no sign of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
PRINCE HARRY HOPES TO MEND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FATHER
Prince Harry is not only distanced from his brother but his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, was also affected by his decision to resign from his royal duties. Harry told Winfrey he had two conversations with the Prince of Wales before cutting ties.
The Duke of Sussex felt especially let down by his father because he had to beat the odds and challenge the royal protocols to be with his wife, Camilla. No matter how difficult it may be, Harry is not giving up on rebuilding the connection between him and his father. He said:
"I will always love him. I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship."
Prince Charles and Camilla in London on 19 December. | Source: Getty Images
PRINCE HARRY IS HAPPY IN THE STATES
Prince Harry had another conversation with journalist Hoda Kotb while at the fifth Invictus Games — a sporting event for injured and sick veterans that the Duke of Sussex has supported for a long time.
During the interview, he spoke about his visit with the Queen after announcing her positive COVID-19 test. Harry said his grandmother is in good form, and despite living across the world from her, he still makes sure she's protected.
Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II in London 2015.| Source: Getty Images
Harry expressed to Kotb that he has been welcomed with open hands since moving to Califonia with his wife and two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, 12 months.
Harry is happy to call the states home for now, "You know, home — home for me, now, is, you know, for the time being, in the states." said the Duke of Sussex.
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