Original article from Kent Live
The two royal brothers weren't exactly the best of pals even before Prince Harry met Meghan Markle, according to royal insiders.
Tensions have flared over the past couple of months following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry explained how he had drifted from members of the Royal Family and was at one point shut off from his dad Prince Charles who stopped taking his calls.
The first question in the Oprah interview alluded to the rift between the two brothers, with Harry saying their relationship is "space" at the moment but that "time heals all things hopefully".
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Shortly after the episode aired, Prince William told reporters "no, I haven't spoken to him yet but I will do" when asked if he had contacted his younger sibling.
Ever since Harry and Meghan married in May 2018, and then moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, rumours have abounded about a growing distance between the couple and Kate and William, the Mirror reports.
These came to a head several months after the ceremony when reports surfaced that Meghan made her sister-in-law cry at the bridesmaid dress fitting – something the former Suits actress claimed to Oprah was actually the other way round.
From the moment Meghan came into Harry's life tensions flared between Harry and William, according to last summer’s biography Finding Freedom.
“Don’t feel you need to rush this,” the older brother reportedly told the younger, adding: “Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
The book's authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote the phrase “this girl” immediately bothered Harry.
They said: “Harry was pissed off… that his brother would ask such a thing.”
Yet as much as Charles and Diana's sons remain at a clear distance from one another, they were drifting apart long before Harry's now wife came onto the scene.
According to Simon Vigar, Channel 5's royal correspondent, Harry and William fell out when the heir to the throne used his brother as a “decoy”.
He claimed on the Princes At War documentary that William used Harry to protect his image during parties in their youth.
He said: “Harry has obviously got into some scrapes which have landed him on the front pages of the newspapers but at plenty of those parties, particularly the teenage parties, William was there, Harry served as a really useful decoy.”
Royal author Katie Nicholl said Prince Harry refused to forgive William for “some time” after taking the blame.
She said: “That was the first time the brothers really fell out because Harry resented the fact that he had taken all the blame but of course William was the heir, Harry took the flack and Harry was very cross about that.
“He refused to speak to his brother or forgive him for some time.”
Things would become more difficult for Harry after he left the army in 2015 and then struggled to adapt back to civilian life.
Even back then he was unsure about what part he could play in the royal family, telling The Mail on Sunday that he had contemplated leaving The Firm.
"I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself," he said, apparently having considered becoming a firefighter or rugby coach.
Confusion about where his future lay was aggravated by an apparent increased irritation with the role he was playing in the royal household.
Harry reportedly felt he was becoming a third wheel in the charitable foundation he shared with Kate and William while living at Kensington Palace.
One source said: "It didn't help that whenever he asked the shared staff at Kensington Palace to do something, they were often busy with 'more important' work for the Duke of Cambridge, who, after all, will one day be King."
The age old tension felt between the heir and the spare was made worse by a differing approach to their conservation efforts, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Harry is said to have wanted a hands on approach to protecting African animals, while William was in favour of community-led initiatives.
If these tensions had been simmering under the surface, then the pot began to boil over when Harry and Meghan relationship's became official.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed the brothers butted heads over Christmas 2018 because Harry felt his brother wasn't doing enough to include his new wife into the royal family.
"Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so," source told Nicholl.
"They had a bit of a fallout, which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort.
"That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them.”
Things seemed to sour further between the siblings, who failed to speak to one another during an Easter Sunday service in 2019.
Later that year Harry confirmed the long suspected rift during the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
"Part of this role and part of this job, and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably, you know, stuff happens," he said.
“But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. And we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.”
He added: "We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but you know, I love him dearly.
"The majority of this stuff (in the press) is created out of nothing, but you know, as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”
Fast forward to present day and the space between the brothers has arguably never been wider.
Harry has struck out from the royal family to make a life for himself in America with Meghan, while William and Charles remain "trapped" in their roles in the UK, the younger prince told Oprah.
The heirs to the throne must now quietly digest the criticism levelled at the Firm by the Sussexes, who made a claim of racism about one unnamed royal in the explosive interview.
However, it may be that there is hope yet for the relationship between the brothers, who are "uniquely bonded because of what we've been through" in terms of their mum's death, William previously said.
Whether William makes good on his promise yesterday that he will reach out to Harry remains to be seen.