The Reason the Rift Between Prince William and Prince Harry Was Inevitable

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been getting candid in a way that is pretty unprecedented. After months of being hounded by the British tabloids for so much as sneezing the wrong way, Harry and Markle have had enough.

Earlier this month, Harry announced that he and Markle would be suing the parent company of Mail on Sunday for allegedly illegally publishing one of Markle’s letters.

Though Markle and Harry have come forward and denied several of the things that the tabloids have said, a recent interview has proven that maybe the tabloids actually got one story right.

Prince Harry comments on the tension with Prince William

The tabloids seemed to absolutely love publishing stories about how Prince William and Prince Harry were at odds. And while this was just one angle among many that the British media took when reporting about the royal brothers, there may have actually been some truth to it.

In the new documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke of Sussex admitted that he and his brother aren’t as close as they have been.

“Inevitably stuff happens,” he said.” But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry
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And while they may not be besties, they certainly aren’t as distant as the media makes them seem.

“The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days,” he continued.

Why the separation of Prince Harry and Prince William was necessary

Prince Harry and Prince William were very close growing up. Not only were they in positions that almost no one could understand other than each other, but they also bonded after tragically losing their mother.

But as with any relationship, there are ebbs and flows depending on what stage the people involved are in in their lives. When a person gets married, loyalties inevitably shift to their spouse.

“They have always been different, they are very different characters,” a source told People of the royal brothers. “They drew great comfort from each other when their mother died, and as they’ve grown up together. But they need to be separate. Now Meghan has arrived it is the right time to make that break.”

Since the Duke of Sussex got married, he and his brother decided to split their royal households so each of them could focus on the causes that were important to them.

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“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” royals author Sally Bedell Smith told the outlet. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities.”

Distance is natural as people age and go through life changes. Now that Harry has a wife and a child of his own, it only makes sense that he and William would be spending less time together than when he was a single man.