Prince William and Prince Harry Would Have Been ‘So Brilliant’ as a Team, Insider Says

Prince William and Prince Harry were extremely close growing up, especially following the tragic death of their mother, Princess Diana. The royal brothers were thick as thieves, with the younger prince revealing that his older brother suggested therapy when he was dealing with his grief amid his teenage years.

William and Harry remained very close as they entered into their adulthood. However, as Prince William has begun taking over more responsibilities in the British royal family to prepare for his role as king, the duo has begun to drift apart.

Royal experts had said that the real split in their relationship came in 2016, when Prince William questioned the speed of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Now, following Megxit and a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the brothers could not be further apart. However, royal experts are still reflecting on how brilliant the duo could have been as a team.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centr
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Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship may be at rock bottom

Though Prince William was reportedly stunned by Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to resign from their roles as senior working members of the royal family and their move to California, he and his brother were at least back on speaking terms.

However, following the Sussexes’ stunning interview with Oprah where they revealed the British press’s racism and the lack of support from the royals was their reason for Megxit, the brothers’ relationship has plummeted once again.

“William and Harry are as far apart as it’s possible to be—emotionally and physically,” a source told The Sun. “Their relationship is at rock bottom. William’s raging with Harry after the Oprah interview.” When asked about a racist incident that Prince Harry decribed with an unnamed memeber of the royal family, Prince William retorted, “We’re very much not a racist family.”

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Prince William is trying to embrace his role as the future king

While Prince William intends to embrace his role as a senior member in the royal family and the future king, it would seem that he might understand his brother’s desire to leave royal life behind on some level. After all, the 38-year-old hasn’t always embraced his role as future king.

 “We talked about our children, and [Princess Diana] said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be king, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it,’” journalist Jeremy Paxman recalled via Mirror.

In fact, following his graduation from St. Andrew’s University in the early 2000s, the prince had hoped to move abroad for some time to embrace some semblance of normalcy before his royal duties began. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity.

Prince Harry and Prince William would have been ‘so brilliant’ as a team

Royal experts are still reeling about how far apart the brothers are today. “We have seen conflicts between heir and spare in every recent generation of the royal family — but nothing so profound as this,” royal biographer Robert Lacey wrote in his book,  Battle of Brothers.

“It’s a sad state of affairs because William and Harry could have been so brilliant,” a royal source told People. “To think of what they could have achieved together is almost heartbreaking.”

The pair have reportedly had an unproductive phone call since the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah aired. They are expected to reunite on  July 1 at Kensington Palace to unveil a statue of Princess Diana.