Will Prince William Ever Be Able to Repair His Relationship With His Brother, Prince Harry?

Anyone who has a sibling knows that the dynamic can be complicated. Sometimes you’re best friends and sometimes you’re fighting—there is no in between.

But when you’re Prince William and Prince Harry, those stakes are even higher because everything in your personal life is played out on a stage for all the world to see. Rumors of a feud between these two British royals have been circulating for months now and have gotten even worse recently. How about that time on Easter Sunday 2019 when the brothers wouldn’t even walk near each other?

What makes this all so tragic is that Prince William and Prince Harry used to have such a strong bond. When their mother Princess Diana tragically died, the two boys became even closer and leaned on each other for support.

But now that’s all different, and people are upset about it. Will Prince William and Prince Harry ever go back to the way things were?

Prince William and Prince Harry
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What is the royal feud between Prince William and Prince Harry really about?

Whether or not you believe the persistent rumors that there’s an epic feud between Prince William and Prince Harry, it’s impossible to pretend that their relationship now is the same as it was five years ago. The two brothers used to always be photographed together, and even after Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, the Duke of Sussex was often seen hanging out with them as a “third wheel.”

That’s the precise reason why so many people blame Meghan Markle for the shift in priorities. Ever since Prince Harry began his whirlwind romance with the American actress, there’s been tension between him and Prince William that wasn’t there before.

Some people claim it’s because Prince Harry is so busy with his own life now that he has a wife and baby on the way. But others wonder if there’s more to that story. There are rumors that Prince William warned Prince Harry not to rush into marriage, which made him angry with his older brother for interfering.

Prince William and Prince Harry
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Can their relationship be repaired?

Even though things were awkward for a while right after Prince William allegedly delivered that warning, there’s a chance that Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship is getting a little better now. But even though the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex reached a truce, will they ever have a close relationship?

Royal biographer Katie Nicholl explained to Cosmo that it’s unlikely their relationship can dully recover. “I don’t know that things will ever be the way they were between William and Harry,” she said.

“The truth, as I was told from two very good sources who have known the boys for a long time, was that for the first time their relationship had really become stuck. There was quite a bit of tension between them.”

And that tension is still clearly visible now, almost a full year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Prince William and Prince Harry will find a new normal

Prince William and Prince Harry
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Maybe things can’t ever go back to the way they were—but the two will always be brothers and there’s no changing that fact. Royal fans speculate that once Baby Sussex arrives, the two will have a natural way to bond over fatherhood and raising babies. Plus, the cousins will inevitably get to know one another.

Also, Prince Harry moving away from Kensington Palace could have a surprisingly positive effect on the whole situation. A little space and distance might be just the thing to repair the rift in the royal family.