Harry and William’s fallout ‘mirrors Lennon and McCartney’s catastrophic feud’ | Royal | News (Reports)


Meghan and Harry’s move due to royal rift speculates expert

Harry and William used to be as thick as thieves and were considered the dynamic duo within the Royal Family. The Duke of Cambridge once admitted that he and his brother were “uniquely bonded” as they grew up in the public eye together and had to cope with their mother’s sudden death when they were both still children. However, their relationship seems to have soured in recent years. Some reports suggest Harry resented being the third wheel to William and Kate’s happy family prior to his own wedding, and that he did not like having to consistently take the back seat to his older brother.

Others allege that Harry thought William was “snobbish” towards his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle when they were first introduced back in 2016, triggering a furious feud between them.

Indications that all was not well behind Palace walls first came when the brothers’ shared charitable venture, the Royal Foundation, split last year, and the Sussexes decided to set up their own platform.

Harry and Meghan then moved away from their in-laws in Kensington Palace and a few months later announced they wanted to leave the royal frontline altogether — an announcement which allegedly left William enraged and increased the distance between the siblings.

Now Harry and Meghan have put down roots in California and the dust has settled, some commentators believe the brothers have finally started talking again.

Howard Hodgson, an acquaintance of Prince Charles and a royal biographer, told Express.co.uk that this is not the first time life in the public eye has torn apart a friendship.

Prince Harry and Prince William's fallout may mirror John Lennon and Paul McCartney's

Prince Harry and Prince William’s fallout may mirror John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s (Image: Getty)

Harry and William's fallout stunned royal spheres

Harry and William’s fallout stunned royal spheres (Image: Getty)

He noted that such a devastating fallout has been witnessed before within The Beatles, and that their relationship never returned to its previous strength.

The Beatles became an international sensation in the Sixties and have been praised for shaping today’s pop music.

Their songs were mostly written by the band’s most prominent members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

As Mr Hodgson explained: “John and Paul were the closest things ever.”

Then, both men settled down — Lennon with Yoko Ono and McCartney with his wife Linda.

Mr Hodgson said: “There was Linda on one side and Yoko on the other, and that pulled those two apart.

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The fallout was initially believed to be between Kate and Meghan

The fallout was initially believed to be between Kate and Meghan (Image: Getty)

Paul McCartney with Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney in 1082

Paul McCartney with Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney in 1082 (Image: Getty)

“And actually, because they were both very madly in love, and they didn’t ever quite make up in the way they should have done.

“The fact is I just hope this doesn’t happen here.”

While many have since attributed the fallout to a range of factors, from the death of the band’s manager Brian Epstein to Lennon’s heroin use, it is their romantic relationships which are often remembered as the triggers for The Beatles’ disbandment in 1969.

Some fans blamed Yoko Ono for interfering with the band’s sessions, while McCartney reportedly disapproved of the music Lennon made with his wife.

The two musicians would often end up at one another’s throats over their differences, even once The Beatles separated.

Mr Hodgson then suggested it may have been Kate and Meghan who had really fallen out, although this has been disputed by the pro-Sussex biography Finding Freedom.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney's rift was one of the triggering factors for The Beatles' split

John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s rift was one of the triggering factors for The Beatles’ split (Image: Getty)

The Beatles secured international fame in the Sixties

The Beatles secured international fame in the Sixties (Image: Getty)

Its authors suggest Kate thought they did not have much in common “other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace”, while Meghan wanted more emotional support from her sister-in-law as she adjusted to royal life.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim: “Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide.”

However, McCartney himself has never blamed Lennon’s relationship for the band’s split.

He later claimed: “It was the business thing that split us apart.”

This echoes Harry’s words from last year, when he told ITV that he and his brother were “on different paths”, and conceded that they had “good days” and “bad days”.

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Some insiders have said the brothers were divided over how different their roles in the Royal Family were going to be in the future — Harry would be pushed further out of the limelight as he moved down the line of succession, while William would be training to one day ascend the throne.

The Beatles’ fallout led Lennon to say he could never see himself working with McCartney again, in 1971.

Similarly, sources claimed William said earlier this year: “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives but I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities.”

However, there may be some hope for royal fans as Lennon and McCartney made up years after the band’s split.

Before his death in 1980, Lennon later described McCartney as being “like a brother” and said: “I would do anything for him. I think he would do anything for me.”

Harry, Meghan, Kate and William were once known as the 'Fab Four'

Harry, Meghan, Kate and William were once known as the ‘Fab Four’ (Image: Getty)

McCartney said he and Lennon had sporadic contact over the phone when they “just talked kids and baking bread” just before his bandmate was fatally shot.

Yet, royal correspondent Ingrid Seward told the Pod Save The Queen podcast that she thought Harry and William would”never make up”.

She said: “I rather doubt that they will ever get back to how they used to be.

“I really don’t think so. I think that’s probably a broken relationship.

“If there was an awful tragedy it would bring them together, but otherwise I don’t think that relationship will be mended.”

It’s not known when the Sussexes may return to the UK, but they are expected to visit next year.

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