Prince Harry and Prince William’s Feud Was Going on Long Before Meghan Markle

The exact moment that started Prince Harry and Prince William’s rumored feud is typically believed to be when William gave some brotherly advice about Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle. According to a new report, however, the rift might have been going on before Markle even entered the picture.

Prince Harry and Prince William feud
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

What advice did Prince William give Prince Harry about Markle?

It’s long been believed that things got shaky between Prince William and Prince Harry when Harry and Markle were dating.

One report pointed to Harry feeling as if Markle wasn’t included enough in the family, with a source sharing with Vanity Fair’s royal reporter Katie Nicholl, author of Harry & Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love: “Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so.”

According to the insider, “They had a bit of a fall out which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort. That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them.”

Additionally, Prince William reportedly “urged some caution in a well-meaning brotherly fashion” when Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship began to get serious.

That piece of advice, Nicholl shared, didn’t “go down at all well with Harry, who felt that his brother wasn’t behind him.”

Nicholl told Cosmopolitan that, while the brothers’ relationship has “definitely” changed, it’s unclear how things will go moving forward, noting, “There were clearly tensions, and I think that things are better now. I don’t know that things will ever be the way they were between William and Harry.”

Prince William and Prince Harry’s feud happened before Markle

It turns out there might have been some fighting going on long before Markle was in Harry’s life.

Royal reporter Angela Levin, author of Harry: Conversations With the Prince, has some new information about what kicked off the drama between the princes.

Levin shared that the feud “goes back before Meghan” and is about Harry being competitive. She noted: “It is also very difficult if you are second in line to a brother and you are quite competitive. Harry is very competitive as a person, but your brother is going to be king, and there is nothing you can do about that, you can’t beat that. He also didn’t have a role to play. Now he is older and more mature. He has found roles that satisfy him and give him pleasure and confidence.”

Prince Harry and Markle break away

With news that Harry and Meghan Markle have ended their involvement in the Royal Foundation, the feud rumors have surfaced again, but according to Levin: “[Harry] told me that he only wanted to work with the Royal Foundation on mental-health issues on that one project, he wanted to do other projects that didn’t involve that, so I think it goes back before Meghan.”

She added, “We got used to the threesome, with Kate in the middle and William on one side and Harry on the other. But he is in his mid-30s and I think it is perfectly okay for him to be independent of his brother.”