Meghan Markle and Harry: William is ‘superior’ says expert
Harry and William used to be seen as a comedy double act within the Firm, especially when compared to the more serious members of the Royal Family. They chose to live together in a small cottage when they were both training with the RAF in Shrewsbury, rather than living with all the other trainees at the base — demonstrating their closeness. However, a resurfaced complaint from Harry about this time with his brother casts new light on their now estranged relationship.
During a joint interview conducted at the time, the pair were asked what it was really like to live together.
Harry jumped in and said: “It’s for the first time and the last time I can assure you of that.”
William insisted he did all the cooking and often had to tidy up after Harry.
However, as Angela Levin wrote in her book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, William’s then-girlfriend, Kate, “devotedly cooked for” William and “even ran his bath” when the brothers were living together.
Yet, in the interview, the Duke of Cambridge complained about his brother.
Prince Harry and Prince William
Harry and William were close when growing up
He said: “[Harry] does do the washing up but then he leaves it in the sink.”
His brother retorted: “Oh, the lies, the lies.”
William then launched another jibe and said he was kept awake by Harry’s snoring.
The younger royal quickly replied: “They’re going to think we’re sharing a bed now!”
Ms Levin claimed in her book that this was an “entertaining” performance, but it was clear “the two princes were determined to stay in control and avoid probing questions”.
The brothers have maintained this approach towards their public image in recent years, despite the chaos allegedly unfolding behind the scenes.
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Harry and William in Shrewsbury together, when they were training for the RAF
For instance, after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced they would be stepping back from the Royal Family last January, the brothers released a rare joint statement denying that their relationship had been damaged by bullying.
More recently, William spoke out in support of the investigation into Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview, and said it was a “step in the right direction”.
This prompted royal fans to question why Harry had not done the same — but the royal’s camp was quick to shut down reports of an additional fallout.
Sources close to the Duke of Sussex claimed: “You do not need a public statement to imagine how he is feeling privately, people know how much his mother means to him.”
They added: “Sadly, some people are not just seeing this as a drive for truth, but also trying to use this as an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between the brothers.”
Others hope the pair will reunite over the statue of Princess Diana that is in the works and set to be installed on July 1, 2021 on what would have been her 60th birthday.
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Some reports claim Harry did not like being the third wheel to Kate and William
Reports of a feud between the brothers have been growing in the last two years
Even so, reports that the brothers’ relationship is unlikely to ever return to how it was in their youth have not subsided.
Finding Freedom, the recently-released pro-Sussex biography, claims the fallout began when William urged his sibling to “take the time to get to know this girl” when he first started dating Meghan.
Harry saw this as a “snobbish” suggestion, and was enraged.
Others believe Harry had always felt like the third-wheel to William and Kate’s relationship — a sentiment which may have started when the brothers were living together during RAF training in 2009, judging from the biting exchange between them.
Interestingly, Harry and Meghan also chose to move away from the Kensington Palace estate — where William and Kate live with their children — after just a year of marriage.
They decided to relocate to Windsor, before splitting with the Royal Foundation, too.
This charitable vehicle had been set up by Harry and William in 2007 and Kate joined upon her 2011 marriage to the second-in-line to the throne.
Meghan was part of the foundation as well for a brief period — but fallout reports grew upon the couples’ decision to set up a more independent platform, the Sussex Royal Foundation.
Meghan and Harry are said to have fallen out with William and Kate
Harry himself also appeared to confess that there was a growing chasm between him and his brother last September when he admitted to ITV that he and his brother were on “different paths” and that they have “good days” and “bad days”.
A few weeks later, he and his wife announced they intended to step down from their roles as senior royals — reportedly leaving William especially infuriated, as he always tries to prioritise his royal obligations.
The brothers then barely exchanged a greeting when they saw each other for the last time face-to-face back in March for the Commonwealth Day service.
Harry was seen turning to Meghan after a frosty smile with his brother, and is thought to have said, “he literally said, ‘hello Harry’, and that was it and he didn’t say anything more than that’, according to lip readers.
It is not clear if Harry was referring to William or to one of the officials he greeted that afternoon.
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Some reports claim the brothers did not speak to each other between the difficult ‘Sandringham Summit’ where the details of the Sussexes’ future were hashed out.
The Sussexes have since relocated to California, where they appear to be laying down permanent roots.
They will not be returning to the UK for Christmas for the second year in a row, and have since handed over the keys to their Windsor property to Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie.
Some insiders suggest the brothers have started talking more since Charles’ positive diagnosis for coronavirus back in March, as well as Meghan’s miscarriage tragedy back in July.
Yet, as Harry is unlikely to back out of his contentious deal with Netflix despite the accusations he is “commercialising” the Royal Family, it remains to be seen whether the brothers will be able to get over their rift.