Prince William and Prince Harry Have Always Had A Close, But Complicated Relationship

Prince Harry’s relationship with Prince William has reportedly been strained over the past few years. The brothers have allegedly been at odds ever since Harry tied the knot with Meghan Markle, and Harry recently admitted that he is on a different path than his older brother. While their friendship has seen better days, there is some evidence to suggest that they have always had a close, but complicated relationship.

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Prince William and Prince Harry grow close after Princess Diana’s death

William and Harry developed a strong bond in the wake of their mother’s death in 1997. With Diana and Prince Charles finalizing their divorce a year before her fatal accident, the only people the brothers could lean on is each other.

William was only 15 years old at the time of Diana’s death and Prince Harry was not even a teenager at 12 years old. Although they were young, the close nature of their relationship carried over into adulthood.

When Prince William started dating Kate Middleton, for instance, Harry became very close to the couple. He even gave William their mom’s engagement ring so that he could use it to propose to the future Duchess of Cambridge.

He was also there for their lavish wedding in 2011 and seemed genuinely happy that the two were tying the knot. Harry was very supportive of William throughout the romance, and William has returned the favor in more ways than one.

Harry leans on William

Over the past few years, Prince William and Prince Harry have been very open about their respective struggles with mental health. According to Us Magazine, Harry praised William in 2017 for helping him find the right kind of counseling.

At the time, Harry was still dealing with issues related to Diana’s death and needed help working through what happened.

“It’s all about timing. And for me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me,” Prince Harry revealed. “He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to about stuff, it’s OK.”

Harry later added that he tried to deal with Diana’s death by shutting all of his emotions down. But after 20 years of bottling things up, he had reached a breaking point in his life. Fortunately, Harry was able to get the help he needed and is in a much better place.

He has also been a huge advocate for mental health and has worked with Prince William on several charities. This includes establishing a hotline that people in the U.K. can call if they need help.

Prince William supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

William and Harry have been the subject of a lot of feud rumors in recent months, and there have been some reports that their issues stem from Harry and Markle’s romance. Sources say that Harry took offense when William told him that he should not rush into marriage.

Despite these rumors, Prince William has always publicly supported Prince Harry and Markle. When Harry popped the big question, for example, William and Kate released a statement congratulating them on the exciting news.

“We are very excited for Harry and Meghan,” the couple shared. “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

Prince William went on to plan Prince Harry’s bachelor party and served as his best man at their wedding inside St. George’s Chapel in 2018.

There is no doubt that the brothers have experienced some ups and downs in the past few years, but they have remained fairly close through all the drama.

What went wrong between William and Harry?

There has been a lot of speculation about what went wrong between Prince William and Prince Harry, especially following the shocking documentary, titled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

In the documentary, Harry opened up about his relationship with William and admitted that things have not always been great. He also admitted that they do not talk nearly as much as they used to.

“Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment,” he stated.

Harry did not elaborate on why their relationship has been strained, but it could have something to do with both of them maturing and starting separate lives. Now that Prince Harry is married and has a child of his own, he naturally does not have as much time to spend with Prince William.

For his part, William and Kate are starting to take on more royal duties as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives. Once Charles takes the throne, Prince William will take on his father’s duties and will eventually inherit the crown himself.