It hurts to see the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry today, knowing the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex was once very close – being there for each other. They both demonstrated strong love for each other when they rented a cottage together while training to become helicopter pilots 11-years back.
Prince William once said affectionately about his younger brother in a TV interview, “I do a fair bit of tidying up after him. He snores a lot, too. He keeps me up all night long,”
Currently, both Princes are living in worlds apart with a very thin communication line with William in London, England and Harry in Montecito, California, it’s estimated that about 5,500 miles separate them.
British historian Robert Lacey said, “The rift gets more serious with every passing day,” while speaking to The Post about the feud that transpired after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to quit the royal House of Windsor earlier this year following their decision to step back as senior royals.
The author of “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry: The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult” (Harper), said the book chronicles the ups and downs of the siblings’ relationship, which he claimed is at an all-time low right now.
The author of the book who is also the historical consultant to “The Crown” on Netflix said “The chickens have come home to roost. We thought the disorder, chaos and tragedy of the ’80s and ’90s involving their parents were over. Now, it’s all come back to life in the shape of these two boys. They are the legacy of all that heartache.”
The author was actually talking about the 1981 fairy-tale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana Spencer, next, Charles’ infidelity with Camilla Parker Bowles, their unfortunate divorce in 1996 and Diana’s painful death in a car crash one year later.
The author also said, “They both talk about the importance of mental health and acknowledge they are psychologically fragile. But they coped with it in different ways”.
Prince William who’s currently 38-years-old received advice about commitment to his country from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, considering that he’s the next on the line of succession and so, he would one day be king.
Following that Lacey said, “When he meets Kate Middleton at university, he actually makes the poor young woman wait nine years to effectively audition her for the job as a wife to the head of state. He took the lesson of duty.”
On the other hand, Prince Harry who’s now 36-years-old had an opposite lesson – that he was the victim of “the arranged marriage” between virginal Diana and the worldlier Charles that “swiftly became loveless.”
Lacey pointed further of Harry, “His attitude was, ‘Well, I’m not going to make the same mistake as my parents. I’m marrying for love.’ And he’s been so happy and proud to proclaim he loved Meghan Markle virtually from the moment he met her in 2016. That impulse has guided him.”
Lacey believes Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit royal life was a disaster, he said, “We welcomed a mixed-race member into the family but, 30 months later, she’s not royal any more. I think they missed an incredible opportunity there.”
Lacey also blamed the stuffy occupants of Buckingham Palace for balking at the Duchess and Duke of Sussex popular status as “rock-star royals” who overshadowed Prince William and Kate Middleton.
He said, “Everyone thought Harry was going to marry a nice girl called Henrietta or Annabel and go live in the countryside. Instead, he finds Meghan, full of American piss and vinegar, energy and independence of thought.
“If you bring into the old-fashioned, creaking structure of the House of Windsor someone who is a crusader, dedicated to women’s rights and social change, she isn’t going to give up those qualities. When she came over to Britain, she thought it was a new platform. Whereas the royal family didn’t see themselves as offering her a platform at all.”
Prince Harry was unhappy that Prince William, Prince Charles and the queen, seems to be unwilling to open their minds to the possibility of Meghan becoming more of an activist. According to the author, the hight of it all came when the queen delivered her 2019 Christmas broadcast with no portrait of Meghan, Harry or their son Archie in view.
Lacey also wrote, “Who does or does not feature on the royal Christmas desk has always been like the changing panorama of faces on the historic balcony of Moscow’s Kremlin. It showed who was in favour and who was not — and, at Windsor in December 2019, this even extended to babies.”
Hopefully, in March 2021, the royal family will “review” Megxit with the queen likely looking to bring Harry and Meghan back to England. Although, the historian and author predict the summit will result in an even wider separation.
He said, “It’s looking less and less likely for a reconciliation. I don’t see a way back in for Harry, not into the working royal family again.”