The Heartbreaking Reason Prince Harry and Prince William Will Always Be Close

Despite the never-ending rumors that Prince Harry and Prince William are feuding, in reality, the two share a special bond that goes beyond just being brothers. The reason is heartbreaking but the siblings’ unique connection will always keep them “very close.”

Prince Harry and Prince William
Prince Harry and Prince William | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The two brothers share a bond

Prince Harry and Prince William’s bond is, in part, due to their shared tragedy — the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

In an interview with ITV before he was married to Meghan Markle, Harry shared what life has been like for him, living in the spotlight, under constant scrutiny. He shared at the time that Prince William is the only one who understands what that’s like, noting, “Time after time it upsets me, but nobody will understand that other than my brother and myself.” 

Following Diana’s death in 1997, their grief was on display, as they were seen walking behind the hearse during their mother’s funeral.

The experience of losing their mother, Harry explained, made them close, as he shared: “He and I are very close obviously because of our mother. But we both get the same kind of hassle, different times, different things, you know.”

He continued: “It’s hard. We’ve got friends of ours and we’ve got the British public saying ‘good on them they’re being normal. And then you’ve got the British media saying ‘oh, but they can’t be normal’ or ‘this isn’t normal, it’s completely outrageous,’ that sort of thing.”

Prince Harry further remarked how, despite being no stranger to criticism, it doesn’t make it any easier, explaining: “I’d love to let it wash over me but unfortunately I can’t I don’t think anyone can. It’s hard but I’m not out here for a sympathy vote.”

He asserted that he and William “try to be normal,” adding, “it’s very difficult, but we are who we are. I’m coming to the age now where I can make the most of that.” 

Prince Harry felt ‘trapped’

Prince Harry’s attempt at a “normal” life was challenging and, according to royal biographer Angela Levin, Princess Diana’s passing left Harry feeling like he was “falling apart inside.” In her book, Harry: Conversations with the Prince, she noted: “It wasn’t until 2017 that he confessed that the previous few years had been a real struggle, that he’d bottled up his emotions for two decades but waited until he was twenty-eight before seeking help.”

Levin continued, “At the time he’d felt trapped by his royal life and grief-stricken over the loss of his mother. He badly needed someone to talk to about this but it was hard to find anyone emotionally available.”

Prince William helped his brother

In a 2017 interview with The Telegraph, Prince Harry spoke of how he had “shut down all his emotions” for 20 years — and how his brother helped him.

Prince Harry shared: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.”

He added: “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

Prince Harry found support from Prince William, noting: “It’s all about timing. And for me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it’s OK.”