The impacts of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s abrupt and shocking departure from their royal duties have continued to ripple out. While many people have focused on the way the public perceives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the midst of this upheaval, the rift it has made between Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William is also a matter of concern.
A source close to the family says Meghan regrets the way things currently stand between these two brothers who have gone through so much together. She feels somewhat responsible for their current iciness and looks to a future when they’ll be on better terms.
Prince Harry and Prince William are at odds
Prince William and Prince Harry share a unique and complicated history that helps make them closer than most brothers. Not only did they both grow up in the public eye with a lot of attention on their role in the royal family, but they also leaned on one another in the aftermath of their mother’s tragic and untimely death.
Throughout their lives, the two princes have acted much more like best friends than just siblings. Growing up, they had friends in common and even broke with royal tradition to invite each other to serve as the best man in their respective wedding parties.
Since their marriages, however, the public has speculated that there is a growing distance between them. For one thing, they each have their own lives to live now with children of their own and adult responsibilities. For another, Prince William’s role as second in line for the throne places him in a much different position than his younger brother who is, at this point, quite far removed from the duty.
Early speculation pointed to a feud between Meghan and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. But more recent reports focus on the brothers themselves and the tension between them. The Sussexes’ unprecedented announcement that they would be stepping away from royal life only intensified the rumors.
Prince Harry confirmed the rumors
Before Prince Harry and Meghan announced their departure, they appeared in a documentary cataloging their trip to Africa. In it, Prince Harry seems to confirm that there is truth to the rumors about his relationship with his brother.
“We’re brothers and we’ll always be brothers,” he said. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him, as I know he will always be there for me. . . The majority of this stuff [media reporting] is created out of nothing, but you know, as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”
A source close to Meghan reveals she does carry some sense of responsibility for the current state of things between the brothers. However, that does not mean that she feels regret or guilt about making the decision that best serves her family’s sense of security and safety. She has, the source explains, a “clear” conscience.
Duchess Meghan believes the brothers will patch things up
Prince Harry’s comments in the documentary alluded to good days and bad days, but that line of thinking could be extended. This might be a bad period for the brothers, but they have a strong bond based on family and friendship. The source close to Meghan says the duchess believes the pair will eventually “patch things up.”
The most likely scenario is that both brothers are busy finding their own footing at the moment. Prince Harry is veering off the beaten path to carve out his own way forward. Prince William is facing more and more responsibility as his own moment to shine grows nearer with each passing day.
Right now, those two paths have veered away from one another, but they’ll likely come back together, allowing these brothers the chance to be as close as ever.