Though they’ve always been thick as thieves, there is currently a ton of tension between Prince Harry and Prince William. Both men were exceptionally close growing up and into adulthood. Now, however, they are both going through major life transitions. Prince William is a husband and a father to three who is taking on more royal duties as he slowly prepares for his eventual role as the King of England. Prince Harry, on the other hand, is adjusting to life as a married man and expecting his first child with his wife, Duchess Meghan Markle.
Though Markle was not the cause of the bother’s rift, it seems like her introduction into the royal family is when all the drama between the brothers began. Many fans of the British Royal Family believe that the feud between the two men stems directly from their mother, Princess Diana’s untimely death in 1997.
Princess Diana and Charles with Harry and William Britain’s Prince Charles| Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
An unbearable loss
While Prince William and Prince Harry have gone through various major milestone over the past several years — marriages, promotions, and births can also be difficult. Though they seem happy and well adjusted, we’re sure that they’ve felt their mother’s absence at every major life event they’ve had in the past two decades. Though it’s been many years since Princess Diana died, grief is not something you can ever get over. Her absence has undoubtedly added to the tension that both men may be feeling.
Unfortunately, Duchess Meghan Markle has had to deal with a ton of drama from her paternal family. Her estranged father, Thomas Markle, half-brother, Thomas Markle, Jr. and half-sister, Samantha Markle have used every opportunity they’ve had to lambast her and humiliate her in the media, selling her out in one second and begging for forgiveness in another. With so much on her plate when it comes to adjusting to royal life and welcoming her first child, the duchess has chosen to ignore them all. This is something Prince William just can’t understand.
According to The Sun, this is a major bone of contention between the two brothers. They report, “The Duke of Cambridge reportedly couldn’t understand ignoring a parent, whatever they’d done, having lost his mum at such a young age.” Boundaries and being mentally healthy are important. Prince William and many others might not get Markle’s strategy, but it’s really no one else’s business how she chooses to deal with her toxic family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Fiercely protective of his wife
Prince Harry, on the other hand, has been fiercely protective of his wife. Unfortunately, he can be unreasonable as a result. His issues with his big brother began with Markle’s first visit Kensington Palace back in 2016. Prince William reportedly questioned the former actress’ intentions and asked his little brother to take it slow. This is sound advice, however, it caused the red-headed prince to dive off the deep end. According to Daily Mail, “Harry went mental and accused his brother of trying to finish their relationship before it had started.”
Unfortunately, because Prince Harry could not protect his mother from the press and prying paparazzi he has become obsessive about protecting Markle. A royal courtier told The Sun, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife. This is his way of atoning.”
Siblings fight all the time; we just hope that the Christmas holidays and the promise of a new life will help Prince Harry and Prince William mend their relationship. We think it’s what Princess Diana would have wanted.
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