For years the two brothers have competed against each other at the popular polo event, which has raised millions of pounds for charity. This year, however, Harry is set to stay at his multi-million dollar mansion in California, amid persistent rumours the brothers are becoming increasingly detached. A royal insider told Talk of the Town magazine: “It’s such a shame that Harry can’t make the polo this year but he won’t come back to Britain unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
It marks the latest chapter in a rumoured long-running feud between the brothers, which began when William spoke to Harry about his then-girlfriend Meghan.
Harry, insiders said, reacted furiously to his brothers concerns, when William recommended he take his time getting to know Meghan.
Since then a split has appeared between the two royal couples, culminating in Harry and Meghan’s move to America earlier this year.
Despite the absence of his brother, William will hope this year’s event can run smoothly despite social distancing measures in place due to coronavirus.
The polo match this year will be held at a secret venue, with enough space for 48 socially distanced spectators.
It will contrast sharply with previous events, which were attended by a huge guestlist including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle.
Money taken at the event will be donated to the William’s key charities including Tusk Trust and Sentebale.
Despite Harry missing the event, Omid Scobie, co-author of the biography Finding Freedom, said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “many reasons” to come back to the UK next year.
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