Inside Prince Harry and Prince William’s Relationship: ‘They Want Their Own Things’

Royal fans are fascinated by Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship and, as more rumors of a feud between them emerge, many wonder what led them to moving in different directions. Was there an incident that kicked off the pair drifting their separate ways or is it because they’re starting their own families?

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Why do the Prince Harry and Prince William feud rumors persist?

The media hasn’t let up on the idea that Prince Harry and Prince William are fighting, especially after Harry and Meghan Markle split households from William and Kate Middleton. With Harry and Markle moving to Frogmore Cottage and preparing for the arrival of their first child, it looks like a new chapter for the brothers, which doesn’t exactly point to a feud.

Those close to the royals assert that since William is preparing to be the future king and Harry and Markle are embarking on parenthood, things are definitely changing.

A palace courtier told PEOPLE: “It was only going to work until they married — and it went on a while longer than perhaps was originally thought.”

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They ‘want their own things’

The brothers venturing onto their own paths isn’t that surprising, as a royal household source noted: “It’s a shame. There was power in that unity and great strength in the foursome, but I see why it is happening.”

The insider added: “There is always that tension: trying to do the PR thing and then realizing that they are just real people. They want their own place and their own things.”

Another source explained that, despite the men leading their own lives with their wives and children, they will continue to support one another, noting: “There is never any doubt that they will be there for each other 100 percent and support each other when it matters.”

The insider added this sense of hope: “Maybe they’ll come back together a little later. It’s another stage in the growing up. Sometimes you have to break away in order to come back.”

Is there a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton?

As much as the media speculates about Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship, they also tend to build a narrative around a feud between Markle and Middleton.

Royal filmmaker Nick Bullen, who has made shows about the British royal family for 20 yearsk gave his inside perspective on the matter. Bullen notes that “it’s a much sexier story to have two duchesses at war.”

He added: “Let’s have these two super glamorous women — one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other… that’s the sexy sort of media story.”

The filmmaker shared: “It’s actually that William and Harry have had a rift. I think you know, look. All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public.”

Bullen continued: “I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys. These are two boys who lost their mother [Princess Diana] at a really early age, and the fairytale is that they are closer than ever, and need each other, and I think that’s probably true, but equally they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, different wives, they are moving to different parts of the country, different duties.”