Why Prince Harry Feels Resentment About Living in ‘Golden Boy’ Prince William’s Shadow

Prince Harry’s admission about the rumors of a feud with his brother, Prince William, prompted many royal fans to wonder how long they’ve been fighting. Has the rift persisted for some time or is it a more recent development? One royal expert believes that Prince Harry has held some feelings of resentment towards William over the years.

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Prince Harry and Prince William | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Prince Harry admitted he and William have been feuding

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle gave some insight into how their first year of marriage in the spotlight has been, sharing the details during interviews they did for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

Harry also touched on the rumors that he and William have been feuding, noting: “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.”

He continued: “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 addressed having their own families as well, sharing: “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly. The majority of stuff is created out of nothing.”

He also confirmed a universal truth about most families, admitting: “But as brothers, you have good days and you have bad days.”

Does resentment play into the feud?

While Prince Harry confirmed that they’ve been feuding, he also gave some hope that they will repair their relationship.

A royal insider told Us Weekly in a Nov. 7 interview that things are “not great” between the brothers, adding, “They both need to put in the effort to rebuild their relationship.”

The insider shared that Prince Harry has had to live in his brother’s shadow, causing resentment and eventual tension between the brothers. They explained, “There’s always been a part of Harry that felt like he was living in his brother’s shadow. He doesn’t envy the responsibility that comes with being the future king of England, but William’s the ‘golden boy’ and Harry feels like he has a lot to live up to.”

Prince William is reportedly worried about Harry and Markle

Following the Sussexes’ revealing interviews for the documentary, Prince William is reportedly concerned about how the couple is doing with the constant scrutiny they endure.

A source told Us Weekly in October: “Even though the brothers have grown apart, William still cares about Harry and is hoping that he’ll open up to him about his current struggles. William wants to be there for Harry and hates seeing him in such a bad place.”

Additionally, royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET that she believes that some saw the Sussexes’ documentary comments as “a bit of a cry for help.” She explained that “[members of the royal family] clearly can see that this is a couple who are struggling with their new position, their new royal roles and I think members of the family have reached out to try and help.”