Prince Harry Once Had an Adorable Nickname for Kate Middleton, Making Their Estrangement Even More Heartbreaking

There was a time when Prince Harry was very close to his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. But their relationship has taken a major hit in recent years as Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, continue to deal with the stresses of being a part of the royal family. Harry’s estrangement from Kate is bad enough, but it is even worse knowing that he once had an adorable nickname for the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Kate Middleton and Prince Harry | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Inside Prince Harry and Kate Middleton’s relationship

When William and Kate started dating in the early 2000s, Harry reportedly developed a quick bond with his future sister-in-law. His relationship with William was also pretty solid back in those days, as the two grew close in the wake of their mother, Princess Diana’s, heartbreaking death in 1997.

After she tied the knot with William in 2011, Kate immediately joined their charitable organization, The Royal Foundation, which only brought the trio even closer together.

According to Express, Prince Harry started calling Kate his big sister and was very fond of the Duchess of Cambridge. She even helped fill an emotional gap in Harry’s life that was left after his mother passed away.

“There was no filling the hole left by Diana’s death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on,” royal expert Angela Levin shared. “Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had.”

Levin added that Prince Harry was often a guest at William and Kate’s apartment inside Kensington Palace. Whenever he dropped in for a quick chat, Kate would cook him something, which was usually his favorite meal, roast chicken.

Harry sought Kate’s approval

When Prince Harry’s romance with Meghan started to get serious, he reportedly desired Kate’s approval before popping the big question.

Harry arranged for Kate and Meghan to meet and obviously wanted things to go smoothly between them. Fortunately, the women hit it off great, and when Meghan returned to London later that year, she brought Kate a birthday present.

Although sources noted that they are very different people, Kate helped Meghan adjust to her new life as much as she could. She even reportedly told the former Suits star that she was always welcome to drop in, much in the same way Harry had in previous years.

Despite Kate’s best intentions, her relationship with Harry and Meghan hit some major hurdles over the past few years — and it all has to do with Harry and William’s falling out.

Prince Harry opens up about strained relationship with Prince William

William and Harry have faced a lot of feud rumors over the past few years. Sources claim that their issues started after William cautioned Harry against moving too fast with Meghan. Harry allegedly felt like William was not being supportive of his relationship and a falling out ensued.

A few months ago, Prince Harry seemingly confirmed that the feud is real during an interview for a documentary titled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. Harry revealed that he and William do not communicate very often and that they both have good and bad days.

He also explained how he is on a different path than his brother, which might explain some of the things he and Meghan have done this past year.

At the beginning of the year, Prince Harry and Meghan moved out of their space in Kensington Palace and are now living in Frogmore Cottage. They also quit William and Kate’s charity, The Royal Foundation, in order to start a project of their own.

Meghan and Harry skip Christmas with the royals

To make things even more complicated, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to skip out on Christmas with Queen Elizabeth at her Sandringham estate. Prince William and Kate are expected to appear at Sandringham, as are most members of the royal family.

Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their baby boy, Archie Harrison, are spending the holidays with their Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The family of three traveled to California a few weeks back to spend Thanksgiving in the area.

The Sussexes are expected to remain in America throughout the Christmas holiday. It is unclear when they will return to their royal duties, but we can only hope Harry and William are on better terms by then.

The royal family has not commented on the rumors surrounding Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship.