Prince Harry has finally addressed the long-running rumours of a rift between him and his brother Prince William.
The Duke of Sussex opened up in a one-hour documentary about his and wife Meghan Markle’s recent tour of Africa, that gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of the couple, their roles as modern royals and how they balance their public duties with their family life.
During filming, presenter Tom Bradby – who has known the duke for fifteen years – asked about the rumours of a royal family rift following the split in the two households.
“Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it is under, inevitably stuff happens,” he responded.
“But we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will be for me.
He went on to say that though they don’t see each other very often he “loves him dearly.”
While he didn’t directly discuss a potential fall-out, the duke went on to say that the “majority of this stuff is created out of nothing.”
He added: “As brothers you have good days and bad days.”
Immediately after the documentary aired, royal fans headed online to discuss whether his words seemed to confirm a rift between the two families.
Many commented that the duke didn’t actually deny that there had been tensions between the brothers.
"I thought I was out of the woods, and suddenly it's all come back" - Harry's answer to @tombradby's question about his mental health. "but I won't be bullied into playing the game that killed my mum". #HarryAndMeghan— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) October 20, 2019
He’s had a royal barney with Wills! No outright denial! #HarryAndMeghan— Kate Smith (@KatePinkSmith) October 20, 2019
Yep. Definitely the rift story is true then !!! #HarryandMeghan— ShellieF1 (@ShellieF1) October 20, 2019
Royal rift rumours swirling
Rumours of a royal rift have been spiralling out of control for much for the past 12 months, 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.”
Prince Harry opens up in new documentary
In the same documentary, Harry also spoke about his late mother, Princess Diana, and how he resents media scrutiny.
He and Meghan were in Africa when they announced their intentions to seek legal action against the publishers of a British tabloid which published the duchess’ private letter to her estranged dad, Thomas Markle; the announcement included a scathing statement from Harry decrying “knowingly false and malicious” media coverage.
Harry echoed those sentiments in speaking to Bradby for the ABC documentary. Agreeing that his mother’s death is a “wound that festers,” the prince spoke about the negative aspects of royal life.
“I think [of] being part of this family, in this role, in this job every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash,” he said of Diana’s fame.
“It takes me straight back, so in that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”
With additional reporting by Marie Claire Dorking.
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