Prince William and Prince Harry are arguably the most famous brothers in the world. They are the sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and the grandsons of Queen Elizabeth II. They grew up in the spotlight, sharing a close bond and a common destiny as heirs to the throne. They also faced many challenges and tragedies together, such as the death of their mother, the pressures of royal duty, and the scrutiny of the media.
However, in recent years, their relationship has been strained by various factors, such as Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, their decision to step back from royal life, their move to America, and their involvement in media projects that have been seen as critical of the royal family. The brothers have admitted that they have had disagreements and “space” between them, and many observers have wondered if they can ever reconcile.
In this blog post, we will explore the relationship between William and Harry, how it has changed over the years, and what the future holds for them. We will also look at some of the events and issues that have influenced their dynamics, such as their upbringing, their military careers, their wives, their children, their charities, and their public roles.
Childhood and Adolescence
William and Harry were born two years apart, in 1982 and 1984 respectively. They were raised mostly at Kensington Palace, where they had a nursery staffed by nannies and tutors. They also spent time at Highgrove House, their father’s country estate in Gloucestershire, where they enjoyed outdoor activities such as riding horses, playing polo, and hunting. They attended private schools in London and Berkshire, where they excelled in sports and academics.
The brothers were very close from an early age, often playing together and supporting each other. They also shared a strong bond with their mother, Diana, who was affectionate and attentive to them. She exposed them to different aspects of life outside the palace walls, such as visiting homeless shelters, hospitals, amusement parks, and fast-food restaurants. She also encouraged them to be independent and express their emotions.
However, their childhood was not without difficulties. Their parents’ marriage was unhappy and turbulent, marked by infidelity, separation, and divorce. The brothers witnessed their parents’ arguments and scandals, which took a toll on their mental health. They also faced intense media attention and intrusion into their private lives. They learned to cope with these challenges by relying on each other and developing a sense of humor.
The most traumatic event in their lives was the death of their mother in a car crash in Paris in 1997. William was 15 and Harry was 12 at the time. They had to endure the shock and grief of losing their mother, as well as the public mourning and funeral that followed. They walked behind her coffin in a procession through London, watched by millions of people around the world. They later described this experience as “one of the hardest things” they ever had to do.
The death of Diana brought them closer to their father, Charles, who tried to comfort them and fill the void left by their mother. He also introduced them to his partner Camilla Parker Bowles (now his wife), whom they eventually accepted as part of their family. They also developed a close relationship with their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who showed them more warmth and affection than she usually did.
Adulthood and Military Service
As they grew older, William and Harry pursued different paths in life. William enrolled at St Andrews University in Scotland in 2001, where he studied art history and geography. He also met his future wife Kate Middleton there. Harry attended Eton College in England from 1998 to 2003, where he excelled in sports but struggled academically. He also gained a reputation for being rebellious and partying hard.
Both brothers decided to join the military after finishing their education. William joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2006 as a helicopter pilot. He served for seven years until 2013, during which he completed a tour of duty in the Falkland Islands in 2012. He also trained as a search-and-rescue pilot and participated in several missions across Britain.
Harry joined the British Army in 2005 as an officer cadet. He served for 10 years until 2015, during which he completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan in 2007-2008 and 2012-2013. He also trained as an Apache helicopter pilot and flew several combat missions against Taliban insurgents.
The military service gave both brothers a sense of purpose and adventure, as well as an opportunity to escape the royal bubble and experience normal life. They also developed a strong camaraderie with their fellow soldiers and a deep respect for the armed forces. They both continue to support various military charities and causes, such as the Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014 for wounded veterans.
Marriage and Fatherhood
William and Harry both found love and happiness in their personal lives. William married Kate Middleton in 2011, in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey that was watched by billions of people around the world. They became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and moved to Anglesey, Wales, where William was stationed with the RAF. They later moved back to Kensington Palace in London, where they currently reside.
William and Kate have three children: Prince George (born in 2013), Princess Charlotte (born in 2015), and Prince Louis (born in 2018). They are third, fourth, and fifth in line to the throne, respectively. William and Kate are seen as a modern and stable royal couple, who balance their public duties with their family life. They are also popular and respected by the public and the media.
Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018, in a less formal but equally glamorous ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. They became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and moved to Frogmore Cottage, a renovated farmhouse on the Windsor estate. They later moved to Canada and then to California, where they currently live.
Harry and Meghan have two children: Archie (born in 2019) and Lilibet (born in 2021). They are seventh and eighth in line to the throne, respectively. Harry and Meghan are seen as a progressive and unconventional royal couple, who challenge the norms and expectations of the monarchy. They are also controversial and divisive among the public and the media.
Rift and Reconciliation
The marriage of Harry and Meghan marked a turning point in the relationship between William and Harry. According to various reports and sources, the brothers had a falling out over Harry’s decision to marry Meghan after a whirlwind romance. William reportedly expressed his concern that Harry was moving too fast and not considering the implications of marrying an American actress who had been divorced before. Harry reportedly felt hurt and angry by William’s lack of support and trust.
The rift between them widened as Harry and Meghan faced difficulties in adjusting to their royal roles. They felt unsupported and isolated by the royal family and the institution. They also faced intense media scrutiny and criticism, especially Meghan, who was accused of being difficult, demanding, manipulative, and disrespectful of royal traditions. They also claimed that they experienced racism and sexism from some sections of the media and society.
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan announced that they would step back from their senior royal duties and seek financial independence. They also said that they would split their time between Britain and North America. This decision shocked and disappointed the royal family and the public, who felt that Harry and Meghan were abandoning their responsibilities and privileges. It also caused a rift between them and other members of the royal family, especially William, who felt betrayed by his brother’s departure.
The relationship between William and Harry reached its lowest point in March 2021, when Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey, in which they made several allegations and revelations about their experiences as royals. They claimed that they were not protected or helped by the royal family when they faced mental health issues, security threats, media attacks, and personal crises. They also said that there were concerns within the royal family about how dark their son Archie’s skin would be before he was born. They did not name who made these comments, but they implied that it was someone senior.
The interview caused a huge uproar and backlash among the royal family, the public, and the media. The Queen issued a statement saying that she was “saddened” by Harry and Meghan’s claims, and that they would be addressed privately by the family. She also said that Harry, Meghan, and Archie would always be “much loved” members of the family. William defended his family by saying that they were “very much not a racist family”. He also admitted that he had not spoken to Harry since the interview, but that he would do so eventually.
Since then, there have been some signs of reconciliation between William and Harry. They reunited in April 2021 for the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99. They walked together behind his coffin in a procession through Windsor Castle, echoing their walk behind their mother’s coffin 24 years ago. They also spoke briefly after the service, with Kate acting as a peacemaker between them.
They reunited again in July 2021 for the unveiling of a statue of their mother Diana at Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday. They issued a joint statement saying that they hoped the