Is Prince Harry and Prince William’s Feud the Result of William’s ‘Controlling’ Personality?

There have been a variety of theories about why Prince Harry and Prince William have reportedly been feuding and one emerging belief is that William’s controlling nature might have played a part. Was Prince William’s controlling personality to blame for the brothers’ rift?

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Prince William and Prince Harry’s feud rumors persist

The rumors of a feud between the brothers have persisted, seemingly supported by the lack of joint appearances, the split from their joint charity, and the analysis of William’s body language at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son’s christening.

Judi James analyzed the family photo from the christening and told the Daily Express: “William’s fig-leaf hand gesture and rather wary-looking smile looks a world away from the more relaxed warmth from Charles and Doria at the other end of the group.”

James further explained: “The jury’s still out then in terms of any rift, although neither Harry nor William appear to be in much of a hurry to show us all those non-verbal sibling bond and tie gestures that they grew up using.”

Prince William may have snubbed Prince Harry

During their recent participation at a charity polo match, Prince William appeared to snub Harry when they posed for a photo after Willam’s team won. When Harry put an arm around his brother, William didn’t reciprocate, keeping his arms behind his back.

The brothers smiled for the cameras and appeared pleasant enough, but some royal watchers thought the lack of William returning the gesture was very telling.

Is there more to the brothers’ feuding?

A former royal staffer of Prince Charles had some insider information about the brothers and William’s personality seems to have played a role in the tension.

The insider told the Daily Express: “William’s quite controlling, and he was in control when it was just the three of them, but now he’s not.”

He continued: “I personally wouldn’t over-egg Meghan’s role in all this because it’s unfair, but equally she knows what she’s doing as an actress from Hollywood. She knows all the tricks, she understands the power of social media, and Harry’s getting into all that because he doesn’t much like traditional media either.”

The source further shared that the Sussexes breaking away, including the creation of their own Instagram account, created additional tension, noting: “So they’re maxing up their standalone brand. William’s going to have to get used to it.”

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle had friendly outings

Kate Middleton and Markle have had a couple of recent outings where their friendly interactions seemed to have squashed all rumors of a feud between them.

They were seen supporting their husbands at a charity polo match and then again appearing at a Wimbledon tournament match together.

Body language expert Blanca Cobb discussed photos taken at Wimbledon, sharing with Cosmopolitan “there was no evidence of a feud at the event,” adding that “Meghan and Kate were enjoying each other’s company.”

Cobb analyzed one photo, noting: “Kate is tilting her shoulder downwards as if to get closer to Meghan, which shows interest in what someone has to say. They both also have genuine smiles, as indicated by the crinkling of the eyes, that you can see their top teeth, and that their cheek muscles are pushed up.”