Baby Archie Could Make Prince Harry and Prince William Closer Than Ever

There are a few different theories floating around about that so-called royal feud between Prince William and Prince Harry. Some people believe that the brothers clashed when Prince William told Prince Harry that his relationship with Meghan Markle was moving too quickly. Others believe the feud is really between the royal wives and that the brothers are just standing by their women. Yet another group questioned if there was ever a royal feud at all.

Whether the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex absolutely hated each other for a bit or not, royal fans are starting to think the drama has blown over, at least for the time being. The two brothers launched a recent joint initiative for mental health called Shout helpline, proving they’re at least willing to work together. They’ve also appeared relaxed and happy in each other’s company at events.

Prince William and Prince Harry
Prince William and Prince Harry | Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Finally, there’s a very important life event that could be the key to fully restoring their relationship (if it was indeed suffering in the first place). Prince Harry just became a father, and Prince William knows just what that feels like.

The brothers used to be so close

Perhaps the feud rumors began because it’s obvious that Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship has changed so much over the years. There was a time when the two were inseparable and clearly seemed happy to be in each other’s presence. Even after Prince William got married, Harry happily tagged along as the so-called “third wheel,” dining with the couple and spending time at their apartment.

That all changed once Meghan Markle came into the picture. Their newfound distance caused people to question: was it just because Prince Harry was busy building a new life with his wife, or was there a deeper reason for the animosity?

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince William is excited to share his perspectives on fatherhood

In the days after the birth of Archie Harrison, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared at a few royal engagements and were asked about their perspective on the new baby. Besides confirming that they were “thrilled” with the baby’s birth, Prince William had some wise and witty advice for his little brother.

“I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting,” Prince William quipped. In the past, he’s said that the newborn days are particular harrowing, but it’s clear he believed Prince Harry is up for the job.

“They are so fragile and everything’s so tiny, their little fingers and toes, you do feel like if you move them around too much they’re going to break almost but they don’t,” Prince William said of the first time he got acquainted with his new baby.

He went on: “The fear of having a newborn baby that’s very vulnerable and that’s what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? And that’s the thing isn’t it, it’s very daunting of how tiny they are when they first arrive.”

Being fathers could bond the brothers on a whole new level

Prince William and Prince Harry
Prince William and Prince Harry | Owen Humphreys/AFP/Getty Images

There is no adequate way to prepare for parenthood, just like there’s no way to warn someone who’s about to experience it. But now that Prince Harry fully understands the unique demands and challenges that fatherhood presents, he’ll be able to connect with Prince William in new ways.

Hopefully this commonality brings the brothers closer like they used to be!