Kate Middleton Tried to Mend Prince William and Prince Harry’s Relationship but ‘Her Loyalty Will Always be to William,’ Insider Claims

Did Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge play a role in helping to heal the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William? In 2019, Prince Harry admitted that the rumors about him and Prince William feuding were true. It appeared that when Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were set to exit the royal family, the relationship between the brothers hadn’t improved.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | PHIL HARRIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry admitted he and Prince William were fighting

During the 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry shared that the reports of tension between him and Prince William were true.

“Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under… inevitably, you know, stuff happens,” Prince Harry said at the time.

He assured that, despite any differences, there was still love between them. “But, look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me,” Prince Harry explained.

In January, Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step back from their royal duties and arrangements were made for their official exit on March 31. Before that date, they fulfilled a handful of commitments, including their final appearance at the Commonwealth Day service that was attended by Prince William and Kate. All eyes were on the brothers and duchesses and their body language revealed that things were still tense between them.

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Kate reportedly ‘tried to pacify things’

In a Tatler article about Kate, writer Anna Pasternak shares the source of the tension between the brothers and the duchesses.

“Not everyone is pro Kate,” Pasternak writes. “It’s no secret that the royal sisters-in-law never got on.” A friend of Kate’s told Pasternak, “I don’t think that she ever pulled Meghan under her wing and said, ‘I’ll show you the ropes.’”

“Catherine and William were very circumspect from the beginning about Meghan, which hurt and incensed Harry. William rightly cautioned Harry to slow the relationship down. That’s why they all fell out,” the insider continued.

“As the rift got deeper between the brothers, Kate, who used to be so close to Harry, tried to pacify things. But her loyalty will always be to William,” the source added.

Kensington Palace issued a statement about the article’s claims

Kensington Palace issued a statement in response to the Tatler article, noting that there were inaccuracies in the reporting. “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” a palace spokesperson shared in the statement. 

A spokesperson for the magazine told ET, “Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources. Kensington Palace knew we were running the ‘Catherine the Great’ cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.”