Prince William’s ‘Issues’ With Prince Harry Started After Harry Married Meghan Markle

Rumors of a royal feud between Prince William and Prince Harry have seemed to cool a bit but still persist, in part because the two don’t appear as close as they once were. One royal expert believes that part of the reasons for the brothers drifting apart began after Harry married Meghan Markle.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey
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Are Prince Harry and Prince William feuding?

According to many, many reports, Prince Harry and Prince William have been feuding for some time, with royal expert Chris Ship pinpointing the source of the rift between the brothers: after Prince Harry and Markle were married.

Ship told The Express: “The way in which a lot of the tensions were reported between the Sussexes and the Cambridges was all done through the prism of the women, between Kate and Meghan. It’s an old narrative.”

He continued: “The truth is there has been a little bit of an issue between the two brothers, between William and Harry. The way I explain that is because after the death of their mother, we all know how awful that was for them — William was 15 and Harry was 12 — we, as a nation, have also given them the label of ‘the boys’, ‘the brothers’, they are the best of friends and they came together after the death of their mother, which is true.”

Ship further noted that he has some theories as to why the tension developed between the brothers, explaining: “But also don’t forget they are also very competitive. They both went to Eton. They are alpha males. Siblings do have rivalry and every family will know that. Therefore, there has been a little bit of tension between the two of them. It’s not quite clear what started it.”

He added that the reasons for their “issues” could include a number of things, including Harry’s relationship with Markle. He shared: “There are many things that could have started it but there are new relationships that started, with Harry and Meghan, for example. There are new projects.”

Have the brothers mended their rift?

It appears that Prince William and Prince Harry have been talking it out as of late, as Ship noted: “We are told it is slightly better now and we are told they have been having a conversation after Archie was born and they have been into the new house where Harry and Meghan live in Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.”

He continued, “A royal aide told me recently ‘we are back on track.’”

Ship isn’t entirely convinced, however, adding, “It remains to be seen. But they now are on different courses. William is on this course to become king. Harry is on this very different course with his dynamic and different wife who brings something entirely different to the Royal Family.”

Many fans took notice that after Prince Harry and Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, it took Prince William and Middleton over a week before they met the baby. Some wondered if that didn’t point to there being a rift among the brothers, but it’s believed that William and Middleton had engagements to attend and weren’t available to visit the new baby until those were completed.