Prince Harry and Prince William's bond will 'never be the same'

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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Just days after it was reported that escaping "subservience" to Prince William is what "Harry wanted to do for years", a royal expert has claim the brothers are trying to mend their broken relationship.

Katie Nicholl, who has written many books on the royals, told Entertainment Tonight, that over the Christmas period the Sussexes and Cambridges sent gifts to each other and made festive calls to wish each other a Happy Christmas.

Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Observance Day Service on March 14, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Kofi Annan and Ellie Goulding will take part in the service.
Prince Harry and Prince William 'are on different paths'. Photo: Getty Images

It’s a stark contrast to where the brothers’ relationship was this time last year, just after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior royals.

"Things are a lot better between William and Harry. If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms," Katie said.

"Fast forward to today, the relationship is much better than it was. But there is an ocean between them, there is a time difference and as Harry [has] said… they are two brothers on different paths."

Katie went on to question whether the brothers “will ever be as close”, after all that has happened between them in the past few years.

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Rumours of a feud between the royal brothers have been circling for years. Photo: Getty Images

Last week, royal biographer Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, claimed Prince Harry was tired of being the "spare" and wanted to "get out and start a new life" away from the royal family.

"To stay in the royal system is to go along with subservience to those more senior than you," the historian told People magazine. "He has asserted his own identity."

Days before Robert Lacey’s comments, another royal inside a royal insider told US Weekly that while the pair are trying to piece back together their fractured relationship, they still have a long way to go.

"William and Harry’s fallout was very real, very ugly and incredibly intense," the source said.

"They’d reached an impasse, there was so much mud under the bridge and a lot of people felt their feud was beyond repair."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped away from their roles as senior royals last year. Photo: Getty Images

The ‘Fab Four’s’ royal rift

Rumours of a royal rift between the pair have been circling for years, 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 Middleton and new sister-in-law Meghan Markle, 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 believed 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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