What's behind Harry and William's Easter snub

Prince Harry noticeably kept his distance from his brother and sister-in-law on Easter Sunday. Photo: Getty

The royal gossip mill is working overtime as reports continue to surface of a rift brewing between Princes William and Harry.

The senior royal siblings added fuel to feud speculation by keeping their distance from one another at a recent Easter Sunday church service.

While Prince William arrived at St. George’s Chapel on April 21 with a smiling Kate Middleton, Prince Harry arrived solo, choosing to enter with his cousin, Peter Phillips.

Despite reports that Harry exchanged a few words with his sister-in-law, the normally chummy brothers were separated by Zara Tindall and her husband Mike while greeting their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – despite the fact that senior royals usually walk in their order of succession.

Although the icy Easter Sunday appearance could be nothing, many insiders speculate that the brothers missed a prime opportunity to squash feud rumours once and for all, and perhaps on purpose.

A source revealed to ET that William and Harry are simply at “different stages in their life,” however many believe the pair’s fallout to be much more complicated.

Rumours of tension growing between William and Harry first emerged when the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his now-wife, Meghan Markle became very serious, very quickly.

While royals usually stand in order of succession, Harry stood after his cousin Zara Tindall to greet the Queen. Photo: Getty

According to insiders, Prince William cautioned his younger brother that “things were moving too quickly, leaving Harry angry and hurt.”

In 2018, royal biographer Robert Jobson revealed that the attention surrounding Harry and Meghan upset William, who is “extremely competitive” when it comes to media coverage and is known for being “a little grand.”

The popularity of the Sussex’s royal tours abroad, combined with their formal separation of households and record-breaking Instagram following is an unprecedented amount of attention for a royal couple sixth in line for the throne.

While many believe William is green-eyed with envy for his brother’s overwhelming popularity, many believe the true cause of the rift is due in part to Prince William’s closeness to Rose Hanbury.

In March, The Sun published a piece detailing a falling out between Kate and friend, Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholommondeleys.

According to the story, the Duchess of Cambridge ordered her husband to “phase out” Rose, whom she allegedly refers to as her “rural rival.”

Rumours of a royal rift between the brothers has been raging for months. Photo: Getty

While that drama is still unfolding, the latest developments in the William and Harry rift are reports that the royal family is moving Harry, the Duchess of Sussex and their growing family to Africa.

The Sunday Times broke the news of the move abroad, with sources citing the real reason as an attempt by the Cambridge team to squash the growing popularity of the Sussexes.

The move to Africa is not only top choice to keep in line with the Sussexes Commonwealth endeavours, but is far from American and Australian news outlets.

A source has been quoted as saying, “People are telling William, ‘Don’t worry. Your influence will grow and Harry’s will fade… this is peak Harry.’”

A spokesperson for the royal family didn’t deny the reports, but released a statement noting, “Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”

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