What royal rift? Prince Harry reaches out to Prince William on his birthday

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Their reported year-long feud has been dissected by royal experts but it seems Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is on the mend. 

Prince Harry, who is currently living in LA with Meghan Markle and their son, Archie, reportedly video called his big brother first thing in the morning to wish him a happy 38th birthday over the weekend.

Prince Harry reached out to Prince William with an early morning birthday call on Sunday, it's reported. Photo: Getty Images

"Harry called William from LA first thing in the morning to wish him a happy birthday - and William got to see Archie,” an insider told Us Weekly.

William was also spoilt by his wife, Kate Middleton, and their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, as his birthday also fell on the same day as Father's Day.

"The first thing Louis did that morning was belt out 'Happy Birthday' to William. They each painted a picture of him on the front of their Father's Day cards, which made him chuckle,” The insider told Us Weekly magazine: 

"Kate made William's favourite steak dish, while the kids had burgers."

Last week, it was revealed that Prince William and Prince Harry are having regular ‘informal’ Zoom calls together during lockdown. 

Their 'feud' is reported to have started way back in 2018. Photo: Getty Images

“William finds Zoom a good, informal way of keeping in touch, and some would say 'tabs', on his younger brother,” the source told Fabulous magazine, adding the brothers have had “several” calls already.

“It's easy to set up and involves no awkward scheduling. After the children have gone to bed and supper with Kate. It has been only William and Harry. It is around lunchtime in LA.”

The calls are reportedly made from Anmer's private sitting room - not the room that Kate and William use for their public zoom sessions.

William and Harry have been keen to keep the calls between themselves to “take the pressure off”.

“William is very anxious to keep the calls low key and casual. Just two brothers have a chat. No-one else is involved,” the source said, adding Harry has spoken on Zoom to the Queen as well.

“There is nothing formal about these zoom sessions. It's about keeping in touch that's important.”

The 'Fab Four' parted ways last year. Photo: Getty Images

Harry and Wills’ royal rift

Yesterday, a royal author claimed Prince Harry and Prince William’s royal rift is one of the most profound conflicts to have ever happened in the royal family. 

Biographer Robert Lacey, who is also a historical consultant for the Netflix series The Crown is set to release the book, Battle of Brothers: William and Harry — the Friendship and the Feuds, in October, where he’ll detail the ‘fresh details and insights’ about their highly reported feud. 

In the synopsis, which was obtained by People magazine, Robert says that while “the last 18 months has seen a devastating breakdown of their once unbreakable bond” he believes they have been “acting out the contradictions that go back into their childhoods and even before that: into their parents' ill-fated marriage.”

“I have been astonished and sometimes moved to tears by the fresh details and insights I have discovered in researching this story of family conflict,” Robert said. 

“It has been both enthralling and painful to trace this drama through the memories of close witnesses and some of the people most intimately involved.

The brothers are said to be on the right path to mending their fragmented relationship. Photo: Getty Images

"We have seen conflicts between heir and spare in every recent generation of the royal family — but nothing so profound as this.”

Rumours of a royal rift between the pair have been circling for months now, with Prince Harry even caught on camera trying to dodge his brother, Prince William, on Easter Sunday.

And while many initially thought the tension was between Kate and new sister-in-law Meghan, it was eventually revealed that it was in fact the brothers who were not seeing eye to eye.

Back in April, one author believed she knew what may have started it all.

Katie Nicholl, who wrote the books, Harry and Meghan, Harry, and Kate, believes the separation between the brothers began when Prince William showed hesitation about Harry and Meghan’s relationship ahead of their wedding.

Harry is said to have been left fuming and married Meghan less than two years after they’re said to have met.

“William was concerned about how quickly the relationship had moved and wanted to make sure that Harry was making the right decision,” Katie Nicholl reportedly told Fox News.

“What was intended as well-meaning, brotherly concern and a bit of advice went down quite badly with Harry, who felt William wasn’t being as supportive as he might have been.

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