The royal family has had quite the shakeup in the last few years. First, Prince Harry started dating an American actress. Then, faster than most probably would have liked, he married her. Now, he and Meghan Markle have just welcomed their first baby into the world.
In addition to the family changes, Prince William and Harry have just split their households into two separate offices.
That’s a lot of change for such a traditional family. And the catalyst for most of it seems to be Markle.
There are always headlines about how Markle has caused a rift between the brothers but what is the relationship between William and his sister-in-law really like?
William didn’t want Harry to marry Markle
If you’ve felt like there has always been some tension between William and Markle, then you may be right. The not-so-warm feelings probably originated when William allegedly wanted Harry to slow his relationship with Markle down.
A source close to the family told People that William warned his brother that things were moving too quickly between him and the actress, which obviously hurt Harry’s feelings.
The sentiment that they were moving too fast probably didn’t sit well with Markle either, which could be why we don’t often see the two royals hanging out.
He ignored Markle on Christmas
When you are always being filmed, tension and little snubs between family members are more likely to be noticed. That is exactly what happened on Christmas of last year.
Someone took a video of the royal family leaving the Christmas church service at St. Mary Magdalene. As they were leaving, Markle turned around to say something to her brother-in-law but he completely ignored her, opting to fix his scarf instead.
Fans immediately wondered what this meant. Was there a rift between the two or did he simply not notice that she was speaking?
“This sense of distancing could be caused by tensions but it could also primarily be prompted by William’s aversion to royal ‘soap operas,'” body language expert Judi James said of the incident in an interview with The Express. “After the tragic dramas of his parent’s marriage, William has always appeared keen to avoid any public emotional displays that might draw too much ongoing attention from the press and it could easily be this, rather than Meghan herself, that he’s keen to avoid.”
Markle was the catalyst for the royal split
Recently, Harry and William announced that they were splitting households and Markle and Harry moved to Frogmore Cottage.
Many people blamed Markle for the split but multiple sources have said that splitting was a natural progression in the brothers’ relationship.
“I think it was always going to be a case of Harry wanting to branch out on his own when he finally got married, and with Meghan, he found a strong, confident, capable woman,” royal respondent Katie Nicholl wrote in her book, Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love.
“And so I think the relationship with the brothers… more likely than not, will improve because they with both have more space.”
If splitting was always going to happen, then we doubt that William is mad at Markle about that.