Are Prince William and Kate Middleton ‘at War’ with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Reports of feuds brewing between Prince William and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton continue to gain steam, with a recent report claiming the couples are “at war” with each other. Strong words, for sure, but the news that Prince Harry and Markle are leaving their charity collaboration definitely adds some fuel to the rumors.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are removing themselves from the Royal Foundation

Once upon a time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince William and Middleton worked together on their Royal Foundation. Now the Sussexes are said to be moving away from the charity.

Fans of the royals will recall that the foursome was dubbed the “fab four” when they all graced the stage together last year for the charity’s Q&A session. That was then, this is now… and the couples want to pursue their own charities separately.

Did ‘tension’ play a part in the decision?

It’s believed that the decision to pursue their own interests separately breaking up the “fab four,” is the result of “tension,” as a royal source explained to The Sun: “Things did get very bad between the brothers and they didn’t see each other privately for a number of months after the royal wedding.”

The insider continued: “Certainly the animosity over status, money and Meghan meant that the split in their joint households had to be brought forward much more quickly than anticipated, so perhaps it was inevitable that their joint charity has to be split too.”

Will some PR efforts be needed to smooth this over?

Royal expert Angela Mollard believes that this split over the charity will further support the notion that the couples are “at war” with each other and that some “damage limitation” will be in order.

In speaking with The Morning Show, Mollard noted: “When they announce, if there is going to be a split, they’ll have to do a lot of PR and damage limitation around it.”

She continued: “It’s very hard to believe these couples are not at war with each other,” adding, “There is no actual reason they have to do it, I can’t see. They’ve split their households, geographically, they’ve moved to different places — I understand that.”

Why the charity split is ‘significant’

The split with the charity, however, is “significant,” according to Mollard. She explained: “But The Royal Foundation is a linchpin in the work that they do. This is really significant. This charity, The Royal Foundation, was set up in 2009 so a decade ago. Its remit is to look at all their interests — wildlife, mental health, armed forces.”

She added: “We’re going to hear in a month what’s going to happen but all indications are they are going to split the foundation and go their separate way in terms of their interests, in the things they are going to prosecute together.”

Things are believed to have gotten tense between the brothers when, according to royal author Katie Nicholl, William “urged some caution in a well-meaning brotherly fashion” when Harry and Markle started getting serious. The well-intentioned advice didn’t go over well and Harry was reportedly angry and hurt by William’s comments.