Royal Source Claims Prince Harry and Prince William’s Relationship Is ‘Forever Changed’

The status of Prince Harry and Prince William’s tense relationship is unclear right now but, given their icy exchange at their last royal appearance together, some wonder if they will ever have the close bond they once shared. One royal source believes the brothers’ relationship has been “forever changed.”

Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London
Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | PHIL HARRIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry confirmed he and Prince William were feuding

During an interview for the 2019 documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry admitted that things had been tense between him and Prince William. Rumors had been floating for some time that the brothers had been feuding, with many reports pointing towards William’s well-intentioned advice for Harry about not rushing into a relationship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as a possible cause of their disagreement.

“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,” Harry said during the interview.

He continued: “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.”

“But as brothers, you have good days and you have bad days,” he noted.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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The brothers didn’t seem warm towards each other at their final engagement

Of course, all eyes were on the brothers when they both attended to the Commonwealth Day service, as it would be their final public appearance together. Royal fans hoped to see some warmth between them, but it appeared there was a cold exchange.

They had the briefest of interactions — as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrived to their seats, Prince Harry and Meghan gave a smile and wave.

“It wasn’t the warm reunion that we were all hoping for,” body language expert Judi James shared with The Mirror. “The tension in Harry’s body language especially was palpable. When Harry arrived, the minute he and Meghan had to drop hands, he immediately reached for his wedding ring which is a self comfort.”

She added, “Even when she was beside him after they had stopped holding hands, he was missing her, needing her support. As Harry walked up the aisle, they both waved at the children, but his face otherwise was quite tense and unsmiling.”

“Harry and Meghan looked a lot more genuinely cheerful, and Harry especially, threw a really affectionate smile at Kate,” James noted. “As they took their seats Harry threw Kate an open-mouthed smile and ‘hello’ of what looked like genuine pleasure and Meghan raised her brows and smiled in an equally friendly ritual.”

Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit isn’t likely to improve things

The two have shared a bond as brothers, but Prince Harry and Prince William’s recent tension may not see any improvement with Prince Harry and Meghan leaving the royal family, an insider claims.

A source told People that Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is “forever changed,” explaining, “They won’t get back to the way they were. Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family.”

“He’s not looking back,” the source added.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward believes that Princess Diana would be disappointed by the brothers’ rift. “One thing Diana said was, ‘Please, whatever happens, remember you always have each other, and I want you always to stick together.’ And clearly that can’t happen for a long time,” Seward noted.