First we were made to believe it was a war of the duchesses, with Kate and Meghan at the centre of a fiery feud. Because apparently the tale of two women pitted against each other never gets old. But when that got to be too much — so much, in fact, the royals issued a statement where only “courtesy, kindness and respect” would be tolerated on their social media channels — the storyline changed to their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, as the ones with the problems. With each other. No one knows what would have caused the brothers to fall out, though the speculation was limitless.
But, once again, we find ourselves in the middle of a new narrative that is arguably almost boring compared to the previous drama; turns out Will and Harry aren’t fighting at all. In fact, according to Paul Burrell, Princess Diana‘s former butler, the brothers are “actually very close at the moment.”
He further explained to Us Weekly: “They may have differences as they are two very different personalities. I think that their life bond was forged at the time of their mother’s death and that they are inseparable.”
And while they were seemingly growing apart, it was actually the splitting of the royal households that brought them closer together.
“Working together on the household division brought them together,” he added to Us. “William was very supportive of Harry’s wants and needs for the new Sussex office and helped [Harry and Meghan] where he could. It was a great way for them to come together and focus on positive goals.”
It all makes sense. William and Harry have always had their own diverging interests, as do Kate from Meghan, Kate from Harry, and William from Meghan. We have little doubt that even Meghan and Harry differ on some subjects. Gasp! They are four opinionated people with different passions that they want to spotlight. They’re merely spreading themselves around, so, really, what’s wrong with that?
Funnily enough, it seems it was longtime palace staffers who were the last to know. They had the “homogeneous idea” that the princes would be together forever, but with the additions of Kate and Meghan — and their growing families — that was never going to happen.
“It’s a shame,” a royal household source told People. “There was power in that unity and great strength in the foursome, but I see why it is happening. There is always that tension: trying to do the PR thing and then realizing that they are just real people.”
Initially there was this lovely idea of the Royal Fab Four conquering the world, but that wasn’t realistic. Sure, they have their Royal Foundation, under which they organize their charitable endeavours, and ongoing mental health campaigns like Heads Together, so they will still come together for the occasional project but for the most part, they’ll all be doing their own thing.
And while they may go their separate ways, it’s purely professional. “There is never any doubt that they will be there for each other 100 percent and support each other when it matters,” People‘s source added. That doesn’t mean they are over each other; on the contrary, the brothers support each other, and they’ll always be there for each other — just not the way we’re used to. And that’s OK.