Prince William Is Relieved About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit: They ‘Didn’t Leave on Good Terms’

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s exit from their royal duties for greener pastures left royal fans wondering about the status of Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship now that the Sussexes are living in Canada. Harry had confirmed the reports of their feud were true and, if a new report is to be believed, they “didn’t leave on good terms.”

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 things were tense between them

While rumors have persisted that there was a rift between the brothers and it had everything to do with William cautioning Harry about moving too fast with Meghan, they stayed mum about the gossip.

During the 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry finally addressed the rumors.

“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 explained. “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.”

He added: “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.”

Prince Harry seemed hopeful about their relationship, however, as he noted: “But as brothers, you have good days and you have bad days.”

They still weren’t on ‘good terms’ when Harry and Meghan left

When Prince Harry and Meghan announced they would be taking a step back from their royal duties, it was unclear whether the brothers’ feud had anything to do with the decision. An insider shares that they didn’t smooth things over when Prince Harry and Meghan made their exit, but there is a sense of relief, so perhaps removing the stressful elements of their relationship will allow the brothers to make peace.

“They didn’t leave on good terms by any means, but they are both relieved that it’s over,” a family friend told People.

The insider added: “Perhaps [Meghan and Harry] didn’t think things through exactly as they could have, but they wanted to be happy. Who can blame them for that?”

Did Prince William’s reaction to Brad Pitt’s joke about Harry reveal anything?

Prince William was on hand for the BAFTAs, as president of the academy, on Feb. 2, and his attitude about the exit drama was put to the test when Brad Pitt joked about it in his acceptance speech.

Since Pitt wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony, his co-star Margot Robbie delivered a speech he wrote, which she delivered when he won the best supporting actor prize.

“Hey Britain, heard you just became single — welcome to the club,” Robbie read from Pitt’s speech. “Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement.”

After rattling off the obligatory thank yous, Robbie read: “He says that he’s going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the states with him.” She added, “His words, not mine!”

The camera panned to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the audience for their reaction to the joke and they both appeared in good spirits.