Prince Harry and Prince William’s Devastating Feud Has Deep Roots, According to Revealing New Book

Royal fans looking for answers about how the feud between Prince Harry and Prince William started will finally get some behind-the-scenes details in a new book about the famous brothers’ rift. Their conflict, according to the book’s author, stems from their upbringing and the “heir and spare” situation that has been present their entire lives.

Prince Harry and Prince William watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace
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Prince Harry admitted he and William were feuding

Prince William and Prince Harry have had a historically close bond but in recent years, things have become tense between the brothers, with Prince Harry admitting the feud rumors were true.

In a 2019 interview for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry was asked about the rumors and admitted that he and Prince William had experienced a shift in their relationship.

“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 shared.

He added, “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.”

“But as brothers, you have good days and you have bad days,” Prince Harry shared at the time.

Book promises to uncover reasons behind their feud

In the upcoming book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry — the Friendship and the Feuds, biographer Robert Lacey takes a deep dive into Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship, exploring the “heir and the spare” dynamic and their parents’ failed marriage. The book will also shed some light on how the brothers’ relationships with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex played a role, including the reason behind the Sussexes’ exit from the royal family.

In a press release for the upcoming book, Lacey shared, “These two brothers — once inseparable and now separated by much more than mere distance — have been acting out the contradictions that go back into their childhoods and even before that: into their parents’ ill-fated marriage.”

“We have seen conflicts between heir and spare in every recent generation of the royal family — but nothing so profound as this,” he continued.

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The author traces the drama between the brothers

Lacey’s research for the book uncovered the “untold reality” of what happened between Prince Harry and Prince William.

“I have been astonished and sometimes moved to tears by the fresh details and insights I have discovered in researching this story of family conflict,” Lacey noted. “It has been both enthralling and painful to trace this drama through the memories of close witnesses and some of the people most intimately involved.”

The book’s synopsis further explains Lacey’s investigation into the matter. “Much reported on but little understood, Diana’s boys have lived under constant scrutiny since birth,” the synopsis notes. “Raised to be the closest of brothers, the last 18 months has seen a devastating breakdown of their once unbreakable bond.”

“With an unrivalled knowledge of court life and access to impeccable sources, Robert Lacey investigates the untold reality of the brothers’ relationship, explaining what happened when two sons were raised for vastly different futures and showing how the seeds of damage were sown as their parents’ marriage unraveled,” the synopsis further explains.